Sustainable Development Goal of the Month webinar

The Digital Divide in a COVID-19 World

Tuesday 23 Febraury 13.30-14.30

You are warmly invited to attend the first in a series of Sustainable Development Goal of the Month seminars hosted by the College’s new Global Development Hub.

The United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals were laid out in 2015 as a blueprint to achieve a better, more sustainable future for all by 2030. This seminar series by the Global Development Hub will explore the SDG-aligned work from Imperial’s staff, students, alumni and global partners.

The UN’s SDG of the month for February is Goal 10: Reducing Inequalities. Our panel will explore this topic with an emphasis on the digital divide in a COVID-19 world.  


The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on the importance of digital technologies for studying, communicating, trading, shopping, working and participating in much of modern life. However, due to the digital divide, nearly half of the world’s populations have been denied these opportunities during the pandemic, exacerbating global inequalities and providing a barrier to achieving the UN’s goal of reducing inequalities by 2030. To address this growing divide, the UN Commission on Social Development has highlighted the need to understand how digital technologies can be harnessed to support human development in an increasingly digital world.

The Global Development Hub brings together an expert panel to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the digital divide and what is being done to address the gap between the under-connected and the highly digitised to help spread the benefits of technology in the new online age.


Sunita Grote, Co-founder and Manager, UNICEF Venture Fund, UNICEF 

Joseph Chambers, Researcher, The Good Things Foundation

Sophie Coronini-Cronberg, Honorary Senior Lecturer, School of Public Health, Imperial College London

Professor Tommaso Valletti, Head of Department of Economics and Public Policy, Imperial College Business School

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