In 2018 the UK Department for International Development (DFID) launched its Digital Strategy 2018-2020, which states: ‘digital, data and technology can be an enabler rather than an end goal: the goal is in the material benefits delivered to people, particularly those who are most vulnerable and marginalised’.

DFID commissioned this research to address the knowledge gap on digital innovation in the built environment in LICs and aims to: create a better understanding of the potential economic development and poverty reduction benefits associated with the use of digital innovation in the built environment of LICs; examine the barriers that hinder the introduction of these digital innovations; and identify how digital innovation methods and systems can be most effectively and efficiently adopted in the built environment in LICs.