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Digital Technology

Digital technology has boosted growth, expanded opportunities, and improved service delivery in much of the world. ADB's initiatives are empowering the poor to use digital technology to help lift themselves out of poverty.

  • Asian Economic Integration Report 2022 Launch
    Event | 9 February 2022
    Asian Economic Integration Report 2022 Launch

    ADB’s flagship report, to be launched on 9 February 2022, explores how Asia and the Pacific region can capitalize on the growth of digital services trade through structural reforms and cooperation.

  • Asian Impact Webinar 39: Distinguished Speaker Program—Daron Acemoglu
    Video | 25 January 2022
    Asian Impact Webinar 39: Distinguished Speaker Program—Daron Acemoglu

    Advances in automation and artificial intelligence are boosting productivity, but should economies always seek the cutting edge? Join Professor Daron Acemoglu as he explores how developing Asia can steer technology adoption to enhance human productivity and make growth inclusive.

  • ADB Distinguished Speakers Program - Daron Acemoglu
    Event | 19 January 2022
    ADB Distinguished Speakers Program - Daron Acemoglu

    This webinar on 19 January 2022 will discuss automation and its consequences, including the potential economic, political, and social costs of the current path of artificial intelligence (AI) and digital technologies.

  • DigitalxADB: Building Innovation Ecosystems in Developing Asia and the Pacific
    Video | 11 January 2022
    DigitalxADB: Building Innovation Ecosystems in Developing Asia and the Pacific

    ADB’s talk show on “Building Innovation Ecosystems in Developing Asia and the Pacific” features perspectives on the crucial role of startups for economic development – and asks how their growth and that of their ecosystems can be supported.

Digital Technology in Key Sectors

The potential of digital technology as a development tool rests on its ability to improve the way people do things. The rapid changes and advancements in modern technology present a unique opportunity for developing countries to leapfrog intermediate steps in development while improving the quality and broadening the reach of public services.

The strategic and effective use of digital technology—combined with a reform-oriented mindset, necessary set of skills, institutional structure and capacity, appropriate business models, as well as policy and regulatory environments—can facilitate fast and efficient delivery of public services in key sectors.

ADB has incorporated innovative strategies for the application of digital technologies in its policies for key sectors

Digital Technology in Agriculture

Agriculture and Food Security

ADB’s digital technology efforts are raising agricultural productivity and the quality of life of farmers and the rural poor by improving information flows, communication, and access to reliable, up-to-date information.

Digital Technology in Education


Digital technology can improve the efficiency and quality of education at all levels. Part of ADB's strategy to support its education policy principles is promoting "experimentation with, and dissemination of, innovative strategies and technologies in education."

Digital Technology in Health


Digital technology can be a powerful tool for improving health and related services. ADB projects are helping to improve dissemination of public health information, bridge the gap in consultation, diagnosis, and treatment.

Digital Technology in Public Sector

Public Sector Management

ADB encourages governments to adopt both innovative approaches and modern technologies to promote good governance.

Digital Technology in Telecommunications


ADB is helping to expand telecommunication networks, provide shared digital technology access facilities like Community e-Centers (CeCs), and develop innovative and relevant digital technology applications.


Thomas ABELL (Mr) Advisor and Chief of Digital Technology for Development
Digital Technology for Development Unit
Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department
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