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Published on June 4, 2024

Digital Transformation Pathfinder Countries: Philippines and Rwanda


Philippines

The programme aims to digitally transform the traditional Micro-, Small-, and Medium-size Enterprise (MSME) ecosystem, benefiting 30,000 businesses in 30 remote areas across at least 3 regions. This involves building MSME capacities for digital adoption, establishing local hubs for infrastructure access and innovation, and implementing government policies promoting investment in connectivity. Support includes digital enablement for e-commerce, digital marketing, and online work, along with the creation of Digital Transformation Hubs as local innovation centres. These hubs provide infrastructure and resources to address access gaps in remote communities. The overall strategy includes policy and regulatory reforms for digital connectivity, e-governance, and data security in an ethical digital economy.

 

UNDP Philippines
UNDP Philippines 

 

Rwanda

The programme aims to achieve a 'just transformation' of cross-border trade, prioritizing Small-Scale Cross-Border Traders, of whom 70% are women earning around $0.85 per day. The strategy involves implementing policy and trade systems changes, enhancing capacities for digital trade, and facilitating access to finance. This includes transforming government services to support cross-border and e-commerce trade, making trade infrastructure more accessible to small traders, creating demand through market linkage programmes and cooperative formation, and fostering the growth of small traders through an ecosystem approach. This approach entails developing tailored digital financial services, providing capacity support for digital selling, and offering comprehensive psycho-social services to meet the increased demand for cross-border and digital trade.

 

UNDP Rwanda
UNDP Rwanda

 

Note:

All joint programs of the Joint SDG Fund are led by UN Resident Coordinators and implemented by the agencies, funds and programmes of the United Nations development system. With sincere appreciation for the contributions from the European Union and Governments of Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and our private sector funding partners, for a transformative movement towards achieving the SDGs by 2030.