Value of Connectivity
On behalf of Internet.org, Facebook engaged Deloitte to study the impact internet access can have on economic and social conditions in the developing world. Released today, Value of Connectivity includes compelling findings in support of closing the connectivity gap. The report found that by expanding internet access in developing countries to levels seen today in developed economies, we could increase productivity by as much as 25 percent, generating $2.2 trillion in GDP and more than 140 million new jobs, lifting 160 million people out of poverty.
The report also found that increased internet access would deliver critical information on nutrition, hygiene and disease prevention. Once connected, people gain access to basic tools like health information, financial services and education that can help them live fuller, better lives and join the worldwide economy.
Read the full report here.
On Monday, at the GSMA’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg kicked off the event with a fireside chat with author and journalist David Kirkpatrick. Mark spoke about Internet.org and the importance of making internet access available to the two-thirds of the world not yet connected.