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

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 many questions, including


The IDEA 2030 initiative was made possible by the generous support from the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth.


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.


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;
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

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

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

Africa needs resilient labor markets to absorb the 375 million young people set to enter the job market by 2030. Unemployment—particularly youth unemployment—is one of the most pressing challenges facing African countries. Around 60% of Africa’s unemployed are youths. In fact, youth in the 15-24 age group have an unemployment rate of 11% across the continent, but this rate is significantly higher in many countries.

In collaboration with Dalberg.

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

Beyond Access Case Compendia


Past events

Bridging the US Digital Divide—Fairly

December 08, 2022

An Interactive Tool for Telecoms Policymakers and Companies for Preparing Proposals to Expand High Speed Internet Use Across America.

Presented by Digital Planet at the Fletcher School at Tufts University in partnership with Next Century Cities

Where to Find Top AI Talent - Harvard Business Review

August 10, 2022

Featuring Bhaskar Chakravorti, Dean of Global Business at The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University, founding Executive Director of Fletcher’s Institute for Business in the Global Context, and co-author of the recent HBR article “50 Global Hubs for Top AI Talent.

The Internet's Turn? When the Pandemic Planet Became a Digital Planet

December 13, 2021

A network of researchers and doers, comprising academics, social entrepreneurs, AI analysts and global consultants, met and discussed the lessons learned from our digital lives around the world during the pandemic. Get a better picture of how we can get from there to a post-pandemic digital economy that works for everyone everywhere.

Turning America's Digital Divide into Digital Dividends

March 31, 2021

Why are we so divided about the true state of the digital divide in America? What steps might the Biden-Harris administration take to clarify the reality of this divide and move toward closing the gap? This webinar examines how these changes can be transformational for a recovering, yet socially distanced economy.

One Month to Election, Seven Months of a Pandemic: How Equal is the State of Digital Survival Across America?

October 8, 2020

Immunity to pre-election social media misinformation, remote schooling, telehealth access, productive working-from-home: Who has it, and who doesn’t? What can be done? How can we ensure the nation’s digital and democratic health? This webinar seeks to answer these critical questions in order to get us to a more inclusive post-COVID, post-election America.

An Uneven State of the Union: How the Pandemic Lays Bare America's Coastal-Heartland Gap and How to Act to Close It

June 10, 2020

This webinar examines the key findings from the Uneven State of the Union study and how they can give policymakers and business leaders a sense of the future path of COVID-19 in the US, its ultimate economic impact, and what needs to be done next.

A World Online: Which Countries are Ready for the Great Lockdown and Which are Ready to Ease Up

April 22, 2020

The inaugural IDEA 2030 webinar features insights from Digital Planet’s Social Distance Readiness Benchmark, focusing on how easily countries can enter and exit lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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