Developing countries urged to act now to prevent technology exacerbating poverty
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Governments and businesses in developing countries must act now to ensure rapid technological advances boost rather than hinder development, a think-tank said on Tuesday, warning that growing automation posed a particular threat to women’s jobs.
Increasing automation in industries risks leaving large numbers unemployed and widening inequality gaps, especially in the global South, the London-based International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) said in a report.
“What we’re seeing now is the emergence of technologies which are likely to mean that there will be less market for simple industrial manufacturers in poor countries because of automation,” the institute’s director Andrew Norton told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone.