This report is divided into 4 main parts. Section 1 gives an overview. Section 2 summarises the general literature on ICTs and the SDGs to illustrate both synergies and potential trade-offs between accelerating ICT adoption and achieving complex development goals. Section 3 covers the “digital Silk Road” and analyses it according to the literature on the interactions between ICTs and the SDGs covered in the previous section. Section 4 concludes and provides policy recommendations for traditional development actors seeking to engage with the digital Silk Road.
K4D helpdesk reports provide summaries of current research, evidence and lessons learned. This report was commissioned by the UK Department for International Development.
Hernandez, K. (2019). Achieving complex development goals along the digital Silk Road. K4D Emerging Issues Report. Brighton, UK: Institute of Development Studies.