A research initiative at The Fletcher School aimed at fostering inclusive growth around the world using the power of digital technologies.

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IDEA 2030 is a research initiative that aims to focus the minds of decision-makers through data-driven insights on inclusive digital economies. Housed within Digital Planet at the Institute for Business in the Global Context (IBGC) at The Fletcher School, IDEA 2030 addresses two fundamental issues of our time: the need for inclusive growth and recovery, and the pervasiveness of digital technology.

This initiative brings together a global insight community of leading problem-solvers and researchers. Through these partnerships, the community serves as a “go-to-hub” for emerging markets and technologies by disseminating research and insights on how to make the digital economy work better for everyone, everywhere.

IDEA 2030 seeks to answer

1. How do we learn from the experiences during and beyond the lockdowns around the world and ensure that the digital technology in each of the countries studied promotes inclusive growth and build systems to prevent it from deepening divides?

2.What actions must be taken by policymakers, businesses, social sector actors, and ordinary citizens to power digital inclusion and mitigate the risks – and which areas present the biggest opportunities?

3. What are the business and innovation implications of solving for digital inclusion?

4. How do the answers to these questions help rebuild more widely shared trust in the digital economy as a force for socio-economic progress and development?

The IDEA 2030 initiative was made possible with support from

Getting Real About AI for the Bottom-of-the-Pyramid: Improving the Economic Outcomes of Smallholder Farmers in Africa


The IDEA 2030 Council is a global network of researchers comprising academics, social entrepreneurs,
AI analysts and global consultants focused on unraveling an inclusive digital future for all.

Council Members

Professor and Director
of the Digital Trade
and Data Governance Hub,
George Washington University

CEO, Pratham

Chair of IDEA 2030;
Dean of Global Business,
The Fletcher School
at Tufts University

Research Director of IDEA 2030;
Director of Research,
The Fletcher School
at Tufts University

Partner, Digital Technology;
Practice Lead, Dalberg

Zuckerman Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership


Founder and Chair,
Digital Frontiers

Professor of International Law,
The Fletcher School at Tufts University

Labor Rights Activist;
Founder, Equiception

Director, ASER Centre;
Professor, University
of California, Irwine

Founding Director – Center
for Technology Innovation;
Vice President, Governance
Studies, Brookings Institution

IDEA 2030 Compendia

Global Compendium
US Compendium

IDEA 2030 Council Research Reports

We studied the role of Systems Orchestrators in driving systemic changes on the ground to boost digital ecosystems and create jobs. We found that these orchestrators bring distinct advantages to transforming perceptions in the region.

In collaboration with Dalberg

How can real-time social analytics provide a tool for inclusive policymaking? This report uses a dataset of over 873 million online interactions drawn from more than one hundred social and mainstream media channels to analyze public sentiment and emotion in response to the pandemic management of eight governments between January and July 2020.

In collaboration with Equiception

Recent global estimates suggest that school closures and unequal access to technology-based educational inputs used for remote learning will aggravate the existing equity gaps in education. ASER Digital Check 2020 captures information on various dimensions such as children’s sex, their school type, and their parents’ education level to explore this widening equity gap in education in rural India.

In collaboration with ASER Centre, Pratham India

Data governance has become an essential, albeit challenging task for policymakers. They must develop new visions, strategies, structures, policies, and processes. Governments that can accomodate a flexible approach to governing different types of data use and re-use in a responsive, accountable, ethical, and anticipatory manner are likely to build and maintain trust.

In collaboration with the Digital Trade and Data Governance Hub at The George Washington University

Imagining a Digital Economy for All in Ukraine​

Explore our perspectives and conversations with industry leaders on the impact of war on Ukraine’s digital economy.

Beyond Access Case Studies



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