UNCDF Workshop to explore learnings from China’s experience using technology to advance development

  • 12 September 2019

UNCDF Launches Program in China with Workshop by the UNSG’s Task Force on Digital Financing of the SDGs.

UNCDF hosted a workshop in Beijing in May 2019 to launch the i3 Program in China, funded by the MetLife Foundation. Organized in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the China International Center for Economic and Technical Exchanges (CICETE), the workshop brought together approximately 55 participants from Asia and Africa, who explored together China’s experience using digital technologies to advance development and the possible applicability of those experiences to their own countries’ contexts. The event comprised two parts: an opening ceremony and workshop, followed by 2 days of field visit for international guests.

This video shows highlights of the workshop that explored China’s experience in using digital technologies to advance development and financial inclusion. China has achieved dramatic success in digital financial inclusion which has contributed significantly to its economic growth and to poverty reduction.

The potential for financial technology, or fintech, to advance the Sustainable Development Goals is the key focus for the “United Nations Secretary-Generals Task Force on Digital Financing of the SDGs,” a new initiative (launched in late November 2018) whose membership includes the CEO of China’s Ant Financial.