While it is true that more than half of the world’s population has access to the internet as of 2020, 3.5 billion people worldwide do not share this privilege. With more than 90% of these “unconnected” people residing in the global south, there seems to be a precise overlap with those struggling to keep pace with the speed of globalisation. Mostly these are the people who are also at risk of getting lost on the path to digitalisation or who have already been left behind.
As the deadline for the 2030 Agenda approaches, the question of how to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) remains to be answered. In particular, the goals of SDGs 1 (“no poverty”) and 10 (“reduced inequalities”) will not be reached. Against this background, the Pro-Poor Digitalisation Tool and its underlying report provide a comprehensive overview of digital innovation approaches and their interaction with the multidimensional issues of poverty and inequality. At the heart of the report, the Pro-Poor Digitalisation Canvas integrates research-based findings into an action-oriented framework to guide and evaluate the pro-poor digitalisation efforts of entrepreneurs, politicians, and development actors alike and to support aligning innovations with those who are left behind.