Technical assistance to assess the state of application of Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) in Western Balkans (WB), and identification of gaps and needs in each WB economy

Outline
  • Expected start date:
    2020•12•08
    Expected end date:
    2021•02•28
    Institute:
    UNU-EGOV
    Project Status:
    Ongoing
    Project Type:
    Capacity development
    Project Manager :
    Zoran Jordanoski

    The European Commission launched the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) which is a composite index that summarises all relevant indicators in order to measure the overall digital performance and tracks the progress of European Union (EU) member states in their digital competitiveness. It is published annually by the European Commission (EC) since 2014 and is composed of 37 indicators grouped in five principal policy areas.

    The overall objective of the project is to provide an in-depth analysis of the application of DESI indicators in Western Balkan economies. Specifically, the project aims to elaborate and define the extent to which DESI is implemented in the WB region; identify DESI indicators used in the WB region, defining the classification, frequency and other methodological aspects of data collection, gaps and needs, as well as data exchange among the existing databases in each WB economy; and, provide expert advice and prepare guidance on the next steps of the data collection process in each economy as well as steps needed to harmonise the application of EU DESI methodology and regulatory advancements, surveys, reporting, etc.