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Report: technology and automation threaten low-income countries

U.K.-based International Institute for Environment and Development sheds light on an evolving issue

Technology is a good thing. But a new study by the U.K.-based International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) warns low-income countries in the Global South should be mindful of how growth in automation and rapid technological change may affect livelihoods.

“With the growing expansion of technological change — particularly automation — the gap between rich and poor countries must not be allowed to grow,” said Andrew Norton, director of IIED and the report's author. “Automation and other technological developments are both a warning and present opportunities.”

He says there’s time to adjust to the changes and adapt livelihoods by refocusing economically and socially. The study notes that investing in rich ecosystems, where they exist, is one solution. For example, Costa Rica has invested in a reforestation program to develop sustainable tourism.

Investing in education remains another important key to success. It’s one Christian Children’s Fund believes will empower boys and girls to reach their full potential.

To learn more about the IIED report, “Automation and inequality,” visit iied.org.

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About Christian Children’s Fund of Canada:

Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) is a child-centred international development organization and a member of ChildFund Alliance. For more than 55 years, CCFC has worked with children, communities, donors and other partners — changing lives through improved health, education and clean water. CCFC works in 12 countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas, to support more than 700,000 children, youth and community members.