Digital change

Programa CEPAL-BMZ/giz 2018-2020 tema Cambio Digital

Digital change, like climate change, is considered a major challenge in the near future of the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region. For these countries to transform digital change into an opportunity, and at the same time link it to the achievement of the SDGs, it is essential to intervene in its configuration.

From the countries' perspective, the digital change can offer an opportunity to design more efficient and effective state administrations and services. It can also contribute to modernization of economy and society, as well as to countries’ economic diversification or the increase of trade and regional and sub-regional integration. On the other hand, the progressive digitalization of the economy and society carries the risk of excluding large sectors of the society, especially vulnerable groups such as low-income, low-skilled, women and elderly groups, or exacerbating already precarious living conditions by eliminating jobs by increasing automation.

The ECLAC-BMZ/giz Cooperation Program supports the strengthening of the capacities of selected countries in the region, so that they can take advantage of the digital change in a broad and inclusive way. It is based on a convergent approach that considers at least the following substantial areas to generate an inclusive digital change:

  • Industry 4.0 (infrastructure, digital technologies, types of companies, business models, etc.).
  • Social inclusion and gender equality (social protection, education, training, etc.).
  • Industry 4.0 and its impacts on labor markets ("work of the future").

All these transformations should be created within the framework of the future need to increase productivity and competitiveness of the productive sectors.

In particular, this means improving social and labor inclusion, reducing gender inequality, promoting employment and decent work for men and women and supporting the creation of digital strategies for greater productivity and work generation that incorporate women's capabilities.

To strengthen these capacities, pilot cases are being developed in Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.