The Covid-19 crisis has shown the crucial importance of digital technologies in Europe as well as in the member countries of the Organisation of the African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS). Digital technologies have helped deal with lockdown, movement restrictions, curfews, shutdowns of public services and educational institutions. We have consulted doctors on our phones. Students have taken courses online. Big and small companies have had to work and sell online.
This came with challenges in the OACPS countries. The connectivity is still not inclusive enough today. The right digital tools, designed for local users, are not always available. Initiatives and actors have had difficulties coordinating. And the gender digital divide is still ever present, preventing girls and women from accessing opportunities of the digital world.