Technology Needs Assessments

What is TNA?

The Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) process presents an opportunity for member states to reflect on their needs to achieve their development goals, identify gaps, and suggest technologies needed to address the identified gaps or constraints. The process also provides recommendations on national strategies and policy frameworks needed to achieve the key national priorities and development goals.

To enable operationalization of the recommendations of the TNAs, Technology Implementation Plans (TIPs) will be developed. There are close linkages between the Digital Technology Platform to be managed by the Technology Bank and the findings of the TNA studies. The technology implementation phase will include the identified needs of the LDCs on the Technology Platform.

Completed TNAs

The TNA programme in its first phase completed TNAs in five countries:

  • Gambia
  • Timor Leste
  • Uganda
  • Bhutan
  • Guinea


In 2021, the TNA process is being undertaken in 15 additional countries:

  • Bangladesh (in collaboration with the Commonwealth Secretariat)
  • Benin
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cambodia
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Djibouti
  • Kiribati
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Nepal
  • Rwanda
  • Sierra Leone
  • Zambia

Collaborations & Partnerships

In 2022, the Technology Bank intends to expand and strengthen collaborations and partnerships with state and non-state actors to complete the TNAs in the remaining 26 countries while exercising agility and considering the changing contexts within the LDCs.

Currently, the Technology Bank is exploring new partnerships with Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) to conduct joint TNA in Tanzania; and with Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) to conduct TNAs in Lao Peoples Democratic Republic and Senegal in 2022.