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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.

Digital Technology in Public Sector Management

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With ADB support, the Government of Mongolia has improved its state registry services by connecting 290 soums and sub-districts to the online registry system and improving legal environment, data quality, and accessibility.

ADB encourages governments to adopt both innovative approaches and modern technologies to promote good governance. This is done not just by shifting from manual, paper-based processes to automated systems, but also by creating new skills, building human and institutional capacity, and creating an enabling policy and regulatory environment  to facilitate public sector reforms.

E-government is the use of ICT to promote more efficient and cost-effective government, facilitate more convenient government services, allow greater public access to information, and make government more transparent and accountable to citizens.

ADB projects and support for ICT have played an important role in public administration reforms in many countries. Such initiatives particularly benefit rural areas by connecting regional and local offices with central government ministries. These also allow national government agencies to communicate and interact with their local constituency and improve public services.

Featured ICT-related Projects in the Public Sector

Title Description
Asia Pacific Public Electronic Procurement Network The TA will build capacity of Asia Pacific DMCs in implementing e-government procurement and enhance transparency of public procurement tenders. It will target all Asia Pacific DMCs and open membership to non-DMCs that wish to share experience in implementing e-GP with other participants. Possible coordination and South-South collaboration with Inter-American Network on Government Procurement (INGP) will be considered. The TA will also explore opportunities for continuous self-funding of the Asia Pacific Public Procurement Network through contributions of member countries.
Design of e-Governance Master Plan and Review of Information and Communication Technology Capacity in Academic Institutions This TA is one of ADB’s first e-government projects in Myanmar. It aims to adopt an integrated approach in implementing government applications and online services to achieve enhanced capacity for public service delivery.
Implementing the e-Procurement System The TA will support the development and roll-out of the government e-procurement system. The work will involve management system establishment, rules-making, system analysis, building of the hardware and software platform iteratively with system managers and users, capacity building of all stakeholders, testing and installation on a phased basis, and monitoring over the initial use period.

Featured Multimedia

Broadband Internet Satellite is Key to Achieving Papua New Guinea's Vision for Effective e-Government Services

ADB, through its financing and partnership with Kacific1, supports Papua New Guinea's vision to introduce innovative approaches and modern technologies into its public sector services.


  • Thomas ABELL (Mr)

    Advisor and Chief of Digital Technology for Development
    Digital Technology for Development Unit
    Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department

Digital Technology in Other 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 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.