The COVID-19 pandemic has forced governments, cities, localities and whole societies to seek effective solutions in the COVID-19 battle to include digital technologies to respond to the crisis. Navigating through these challenging times requires governments to adopt an open government approach and to use digital communication channels to provide reliable information on global and national COVID-19 developments. E-participation platforms can represent useful tools to engage with vulnerable groups online and to establish digital initiatives to collectively brainstorm for policy ideas to critical social and economic challenges.
Effective public-private partnerships, through sharing technologies, expertise and tools, can support governments in restarting the economy and rebuilding societies. Developing countries, in particular, will need international cooperation and support in mitigating the crisis. Therefore, regional, national and local project-based collaborations with private sector companies, international organizations and other stakeholders are necessary. In the long-term, governments need to accelerate the implementation of innovative digital technologies such as AI-powered technology, blockchain, and drones. Investments in these technologies can tremendously support the future resilience of the health economy and the public services delivery.
National and regional governments also work and coordinate with cities and help fund the delivery of not only urgently needed medical items, but also technologies and solutions deemed essential to fight and contain the spread of the SARS CoV-2 virus.
This award will recognize countries or regions that demonstrate vision and leadership with regard to using digital tools to successfully respond to the COVID-19 crisis, including engagement with vulnerable groups as well as implementing innovative digital technologies to address not only short-term concerns, but also to grow the resilience of society against future health crises in collaboration with industry and other stakeholders.