How Technology Can Promote Economic Development

As we enter the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the world’s population is poised for immense social and financial growth, driven by advancements in digital technologies. By lowering the costs of social and economic transactions, digital technologies promote growth in several areas and allow people to do business with one another more easily. As connectivity spreads throughout the world, access to innovative technologies will continue to improve the global economy.


As the number of people connected online continues to grow, individuals’ ability to interact with one another socially and economically increases. From digital banking opportunities to the sharing economy, there are innumerable ways in which connectivity promotes economic growth.



of households within the poorest global population own mobile phones. This percentage is higher than those that have access to clean water or toilets



people have Internet access – almost half the world. In emerging markets, an increase of 10 percent in broadband penetration is associated with an increase of 1.4 percent in GDP growth

Source: The World Bank Group


With the increased digitalization of education, healthcare, e-commerce, banking, and other areas, individuals are able to increase their social capital and become better positioned to join the global economy.


Increased digital resources such as e-libraries or online academic institutions can break down traditional barriers to education, improving a person’s chances of joining the business world


Digital banking allows individuals without access to brick and mortar financial institutions to join the official economy and partake in commercial activities


Revolutionary changes to product access brought about by the digital revolution are shifting global trade patterns


Digital innovation makes it easier for companies to launch, market products, manage operations, and interact with customers. This lowers costs and improves accessibility for both the business and the consumer and makes it easier for those in emerging economies to participate.

Digital advancements increase efficiency and lower business expenses while simultaneously offering exposure to more potential customers

Lowering the cost of goods and services empowers more consumers to acquire products and services

Increased connectivity promotes an on-demand economy that allows people to do business with one another on an individual basis


While increased focus must be made on improving internet connectivity worldwide, digital technologies are already transforming the global economy by increasing access to education, healthcare, banking, and other services in remote areas of the globe. Investment in digital innovations is investment in the future of the global population.


  • PROFESSIONAL SERVICES TECHNOLOGIES – Make it easier for businesses to get started and increase choice for consumers
  • EDUCATIONAL SERVICES – Allow for greater access to resources that will train the next generation of workers and consumers alike
  • E-COMMERCE TECHNOLOGIES – Improve access to goods and services and allow businesses to more easily scale operations
  • FINANCIAL SERVICES TECHNOLOGIES – Make it easier for those in the poorest areas of the world to manage and track their economic capital

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