Azerbaijan exhibits more than two times the inequality of any other country in Europe and Central Asia. Although rural poverty in Azerbaijan has decreased, rural areas in Azerbaijan face persistent gaps in economic opportunities and access to services.
Is digital connectivity the answer to driving more inclusive growth? Two characteristics unique to Azerbaijan make this a real possibility: the average Azerbaijani is just 30 years old, and 95% of the population is covered by 3G or 4G mobile services.
The use of digital connectivity offers the potential to improve economic opportunities, access to services, and governance. A new World Bank report, Smart Villages in Azerbaijan: A Framework for Analysis and Roadmap, aims to help the Government of Azerbaijan take advantage of digital opportunities to drive growth.