Market Analysis

The Impact of COVID-19 on Disruptive Technology Adoption in Emerging Markets

September 27, 2020

Disruptive technologies—like AI, blockchain, robotics, and 3D printing—are playing a key role in supporting the COVID-19 response and recovery efforts in emerging markets. Despite uncertainties surrounding the economic outlook post–COVID-19, emerging markets are expected to experience an acceleration in the adoption of disruptive technologies and a proliferation of online business models and platforms.

This note presents examples of how disruptive technologies have been employed during the pandemic, discusses emerging market trends, and reviews opportunities for governments, the private sector, and development institutions to foster technology adoption and maximize impact in emerging markets.