VOSSE, Wilhelm M.


   Division of Arts and Sciences, College of Liberal Arts, International Christian University
Language English
Publication Date 2020/05
Type Research Paper
Invitation With invitation
Title Digital connectivity going global: The case for digital ODA
Contribution Type Joint Work
Journal Clingendael Policy Brief
Journal TypeAnother Country
Publisher Clingendael - the Netherlands Institute of International Relations
Total page number 8
Author and coauthor Wilhelm Vosse and Maaike Okano-Heijmans
Details Support for digital infrastructure, literacy and the e-economy is vital for the development of countries neighbouring Europe. A focus on digital Official Development Assistance (ODA) as a cornerstone in Europe’s digital connectivity agenda can help deliver inclusive and sustainable growth in Europe’s periphery, while also serving Europe’s economic and strategic interests. Only with greater presence of European companies in the e-economy can the European Union (EU), with partners, push back on the negative effects of China’s Digital Silk Road, which is spreading authoritarian norms in the field of cybersecurity and internet governance, including high-tech surveillance. With an eye to practical implementation, this Clingendael Policy Brief adds conceptual clarity to what digital ODA is (or can be) and discusses where the EU stands today. It offers opportunities for best-practice learning from Asian players that have more experience in this field.