[digital.global] in dialogue

The [digital.global] network brings together well over 100 stakeholders from politics, business, civil society and academia in Germany, our partner countries and our multilateral partner system. As a platform for all stakeholders who are driving forward a socio-ecological and feminist digital transformation, the network thrives on its strong partnerships and continuous dialogue. Its aim is to utilise the innovative power of the digital economy for development policy goals and to focus on the needs of the partner countries. The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is in constant dialogue with its initiatives and partners in order to adapt technical and financial cooperation to the constantly changing challenges of the ongoing digital transformation in all areas of life.

 

Democracy Forum – Alliance for Integrity

The digitally transformed global economy – an engine…

Launch of the GovStack e-Learning Hub at WSIS

The official launch…

AI for Good Global Summit 2024

The AI for Good Global Summit highlighted the potential of Artificial…

“Data Against Disasters: How Big Data and AI can protect us from future health crises” at re:publica

UNICEF ‘Digital (Re:) Public Goods: Putting the Next Generation in Charge’ at re:publica 2024

World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) 2024

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum in Geneva…

Global Solutions Summit

The Global Solutions Summit (GSS) is an international conference aimed at…

International Women and Girls in ICT Day

The International Women and Girls in ICT Day draws attention to the…

Connected Africa Summit

A step into the Future with the Connected Africa Summit 2024!…

Digital development cooperation at the World Bank Spring Meetings

Unlocking Digital Impact – Official Launch of the Scaling Toolkit

bitkom Digital Sustainability Summit

Panel dicussion: “Smart Earth, Smart Tech: A Sustainable Planet in the Digital…

First Presentation: Draft of the Global Digital Compact

The United Nations are underway to develop a Global Digital…


  • online
    10:30 - 12:15 CEST

    Democracy Forum – Alliance for Integrity

    The digitally transformed global economy – an engine for democracy?

    What responsibility do we bear in dealing with autocracies in international economic cooperation, and what does the digital industry have to do with it? To discuss these questions with you, the Alliance for Integrity and the Agency for Business and Economic Development, together with the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), invite you to the Democracy Forum on June 26th.

    The Forum will address the following questions:

    👉 How can politics and business work together to strengthen democracies?
    👉 What challenges do autocracies pose in international cooperation?
    👉 How can the digital industry contribute to promoting democracy?

    Take the opportunity to exchange views with decision-makers on topics such as #AIregulation, #dataprotection, and #cybersecurity. Expect keynote speeches from experts like:

    • Johannes O. Tonn, Anti-Corruption and Governance Center (ACGC), Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)
    • Dr. Anna-Maija Mertens, German Institute for Compliance (DICO)
    • Pascal R., Initiative for Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chains (INA)
    • Dr. Anita Schieffer, Siemens Energy
    • Dr. Anna Würth, German Institute for Human Rights
    • Susanne Kuehn, Transparency International Germany
    • Representative of the Federation of German Industries (BDI)

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  • Genf

    AI for Good Global Summit 2024

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    The AI for Good Global Summit highlighted the potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for the common good. The conference in Geneva, organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), provided a platform for exchanging knowledge, best practices, and collaboration in the field of open AI technologies. The summit aimed to promote health, climate protection, gender equality, sustainable infrastructure, and global prosperity through the use of AI.

     

     

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    FAIR Forward organized a session on the topic “Unleashing the power of open-source AI: Transforming digital public services for a better tomorrow”, which took place on May 31 from 8:30 AM to 12:15 PM. This session shed light on the role of open-source AI in public administration and presented concrete use cases from countries such as Kenya, Rwanda, and Kazakhstan. Noémie Bürkl, Head of Unit, Head of Unit for Digitalisation at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)  gave the closing remarks at this event.

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  • Geneva

    Launch of the GovStack e-Learning Hub at WSIS

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    The official launch of the GovStack Knowledge & Learning Hub was recently announced at the WSIS Forum (World Summit on the Information Society) in Geneva. This hub aims to equip digital teams with the necessary knowledge and skills to reshape the landscape of digital government. As part of this event, a comprehensive range of eLearning courses were presented to give digital experts the tools they need to succeed in an increasingly complex ecosystem.

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    Empowering women, driving innovation: The best projects of the ‘Women in GovTech Challenge 2023-24’  

    The best projects of the first Women in GovTech Challenge 2023-24 were also presented at the event. Participants Aparajita Dubey, Rupal Jain, Michelle Grell-Bereaux and Yessenia Duran presented the projects, which reflect the diversity of the GovTech landscape.

    The Women in GovTech Challenge gathers 139 women working in digital government teams from 59 countries. Led by experienced professionals from the global GovTech ecosystem, the participants worked closely with mentors and developed projects to pave the way for a more inclusive and efficient framework for digital government.

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  • STATION Berlin, Stage 3
    11:15 - 12:15 CEST

    “Data Against Disasters: How Big Data and AI can protect us from future health crises” at re:publica

    From the prevention of pandemics to the prediction of health risks – the use of data and AI brings unimagined opportunities: who cares that Data is accessible and AI used fairly, especially in African countries?  The panel discussion explored the potential of digital tools in safeguarding global health at this year’s re:publica (#rp24).

    Moderated by Christine Mundhwa, correspondent for Deutsche Welle and CNBC Africa, the discussion featured prominent experts from diverse sectors. Anna Sophie Herken, member of the Management Board at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, highlighted the immense potential of big data in healthcare, noting that health data is projected to comprise 30% of the world’s data by 2030. She emphasized the need for collaboration and trust-building across sectors and countries.

     

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    Dr. Mary Mbole-Kariuki, Project Coordinator of the African Union One Health Data Alliance Africa (AU-OHDAA) and Technology, Innovations and Skills Development Expert at the Inter African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) stressed the importance of fair access to data and AI, particularly in African countries. Nina Bekele from Google’s Social Impact Product Partnerships team discussed the role of technology companies in promoting global health resilience. The discussion also touched on the BMZ/GIZ DIPC initiative, which aims to strengthen digital health systems for pandemic prevention. The DIPC initiative exemplifies concrete actions taken to leverage digital tools for global health benefits.

     

    About re:publica

    re:publica Berlin is the conference for the digital society in Germany. It focuses on the exchange of knowledge and the networking of people on digital policy issues and promotes innovation and synergies between civil society, (net) politics, (traditional) companies, technology, science and (pop) culture. Participants include representatives from politics, NGOs, start-ups, media & marketing as well as well-known bloggers, activists, hackers, artists and social media experts. This year’s conference took place under the motto ‘Who cares?’ from 27 to 29 May 2024 at STATION Berlin.

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  • Kigali Convention Center, Rwanda

    eLearning Africa Conference 2024

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    The eLearning Africa annual conference and exhibition, which was established in 2005, is the largest and most comprehensive knowledge sharing event for digital education, training and skills on the African continent.It is a global forum for everyone with an interest in education, training and skills development in Africa. In the past years it has offered thousands of professionals in education, training and development invaluable insights into the evolving world of technology learning.

    The 17th Edition of eLearning Africa was held from 29 – 31 May, 2024 in Kigali, the booming capital city of Rwanda at the Kigali Convention Center.

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    The overall theme for the 17th edition of eLearning Africa was:
    “Education Fuels Innovation, Investment Amplifies Skills: Africa’s Vibrant Leap Forward” 

    atingi took part in the session ‘Let Us Lead: Data Upskilling for Africans, by Africans’  and hosted an exhibition stand during the conference to give visitors the possibility to learn more about our digital learning platform and how we’re empowering learners and educators across Africa and beyond.

    Our partners FAIR Forward and the Agri-Business Facility for Africa (ABF) joinend atingi at the booth, collaborating to amplify its impact and reach. As a platform committed to empowering learners and educators in Africa and beyond, atingi took the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals, organizations, and thought leaders to drive meaningful change in education.

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  • Geneva

    Digital health: PAHO and GIZ decide on joint measures

    The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, initiated by the initiative Digital Innovation Pandemic Control (DIPC), took place in Geneva.

    The MoU was signed by PAHO Director Dr Jarbas Barbosa and Tessa Lennemann from DIPC. It emphasises the joint commitment to the use of digital technologies to improve accessibility, efficiency and equity in the health sector.

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  • STATION Berlin
    13:45 - 14:45 CEST

    UNICEF ‘Digital (Re:) Public Goods: Putting the Next Generation in Charge’ at re:publica 2024

    About re:publica

    re:publica Berlin is the most important conference for the digital society in Germany. It focuses on the exchange of knowledge and networking of people on digital policy issues. This promotes innovation and synergies between civil society, (net) politics, (traditional) companies, technology, science and (pop) culture. Participants include representatives from politics, NGOs, start-ups, media & marketing as well as well-known bloggers, activists, hackers, artists and social media experts. This year’s conference will take place under the motto ‘Who cares?’ from 27 – 29 May 2024 at STATION Berlin.

    Session with UNICEF ‘Digital (Re:) Public Goods: Putting the Next Generation in Charge’

    The UN estimates that 70% of the Sustainable Development Goals are based on digital solutions. It is therefore important that young people have a say in their digital future. Digital public goods (DPGs), including open source software, open AI systems, open data and open content repositories, are key to sustainable development and better digital inclusion of young people. DPGs promote transparency, local participation and collaboration. They help countries worldwide to develop a digital public infrastructure for health, education and other important areas.

    Our experts from the UNICEF Venture Fund, Xcapit (a UNICEF-supported startup from Argentina) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) offer exciting insights into the international processes, the development of open ecosystems and the alignment of digital transformation with the SDGs. Learn how these efforts are paving the way for a sustainable, equitable digital future for all.

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  • Genf

    World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) 2024

    The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum in Geneva is one of the central venues for international digital policy and internet governance. It is organised by the International Telecommunication Unit (ITU) and other United Nations organisations (including UNESCO, UNCTAD, UNDP).

    It brought together various interest groups, including representatives of government, civil society, the private sector and international organisations, to discuss the development of the information society. The WSIS focuses on policy dialogues, networking and thematic sessions on international digital policy issues. Through its WSIS Action Lines, the forum aims to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Head of Division of the BMZ Digital Division Noémie Bürkl spoke at the following sessions:

    “DPI High-Level Session & Award Ceremony for WSIS Digital Service Design Prize 2024”: Following Noémie Bürkl’s welcome address, country representatives* from different regions of the world shared their experiences in DPI implementation and discussed how global frameworks such as GovStack, advocacy efforts – such as the DPGA’s “50 in 5” campaign – and organisations such as ITU, UNDP, World Bank and others can accelerate DPI implementation at scale. The Sesseion also included the WSIS Digital Service Design Prize 2024 award ceremony.

    “Leaders TalkX: ICT Applications Unlocking the Full Potential of Digital – Part II”: Head of Unit Bürkl on the importance of digital transformation for achieving sustainability goals.

    “The future of Digital Public Infrastructure for environmental sustainability”: As an active panel participant, Noémie Bürkl shed light on the potential of digital public infrastructure for environmental sustainability in this session organised by the United Nations Environment Programme.

    “GovStack Digital Leaders Forum”: The GovStack Digital Leaders Forum is a unique meeting place for public administration CDOs and leaders of the global GovTech ecosystem to learn from each other’s digital experiences. At this exchange format, Head of Division Noémie Bürkl met Chief Digital Officers from BMZ partner countries to share their experiences and lessons learned from the digitalisation of government services.

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  • Launch of new report: “Mitigating the Risks of Political Microtargeting”

    With more people heading to the polls than ever before in the 2024 super election year, global democracy is under increasing pressure due to a drastic increase in disinformation and rising political polarization. Against this backdrop, our new report Mitigating the Risks of Political Microtargeting – Guidance for Policymakers, Civil Society, and Development Cooperation provides an overview of the risks of political microtargeting (PMT) – tailored political advertising online. The report analyzes context-specific factors and case studies from the Global South and provides a detailed overview of different courses of action as well as concrete recommendations for policy makers, civil society and international development cooperation. The report is the result of a working group of the “Information Integrity” cohort as part of the “Summit for Democracy” process and has been produced by GIZ together with numerous non-governmental organizations from various regions of the world.

     

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  • Berlin

    Global Solutions Summit

    The Global Solutions Summit (GSS) is an international conference aimed at addressing key policy challenges facing the G20 and G7 and other global governance fora. Digital policy is one of the 2024 focus topics of the GSS.

    Since 2017, the Global Solutions Summit has provided an intense, two-day forum for the world’s leading minds to propose expert-based policy recommendations for the G20, G7 and beyond. Distinguished experts from think tanks, research organisations, governance, business, and civil society come together each year in the middle of every G20 Presidency to work on concrete policy solutions. German Development Minister Svenja Schulze (BMZ) takes part.

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  • International Women and Girls in ICT Day

    The International Women and Girls in ICT Day draws attention to the significant problem of a widening gender digital divide. Despite progress, women and girls worldwide are more likely to face barriers in accessing and using digital technologies than men. As a result, women are more likely to be deprived of economic opportunities, leading to social marginalization. Especially new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence present a major risk of exacerbating existing inequalities. That’s why the Connected Africa Summit is dedicating its entire program at April 25 to closing the gender digital divide and fostering leadership opportunities for women and girls in ICT. Leaders from Africa and TeamEurope engage in inspiring sessions.

    The motto is crystal clear: we must empower women and we must learn to live with empowered women!

     

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  • Connected Africa Summit

    A step into the Future with the Connected Africa Summit 2024!

    On April 21-25 partners from Africa and Europe assemble in Nairobi to shape Africa’s digital future and enable sustainable growth beyond current connectivity. The forum brings together around 200 participants to discuss on investments in Africa’s digital infrastructure and economy for a human-centric, inclusive, and sustainable digital transformation. The summit is orchestrated by the dynamic collaboration of the African Union with Smart Africa and Team Europe through the Digital for Development Hub.

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  • Digital development cooperation at the World Bank Spring Meetings

    As leaders from government, private sector, civil society, and academia converge in Washington D.C. for the 2024 World Bank Group – IMF Spring Meetings, they are discussing solutions to tackle global development issues end explore what’s needed to scale up the solutions and investments. The World Bank’s Digital Development Partnership (DDP) helps developing countries leverage digital innovations to solve their most pressing challenges. Being core partner of DDP, BMZ and GIZ will meet with world bank leaders to discuss the increasingly role of DDP for contributing to a sustainable and inclusive digital transformation in our partner countries.

  • Online
    15:30 - 17:00 CEST

    Unlocking Digital Impact – Official Launch of the Scaling Toolkit

    Ready to Amplify Impact? Join Us for the Grand Unveiling of the Scaling Toolkit!

    Dive into the world of scaling digital innovation like never before! Our toolkit is your go-to guide for turning tested digital solutions into impactful, sustainable success stories. Join the event and be part of the movement towards high-quality, context-driven impact. Let’s scale it up together!

    Mark your calendar to be at the forefront of digital innovation scaling. 🚀

     

    Date: 15.04.2024

    Time: 15:30 – 16:30 (CET) + 30 minutes interactive session (16:30-17:00 CET)

    Location: Online

    Dial-in link: Click here to join the meeting

     

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    01 | Welcome – Scaling at GIZ

    Insights from Arlette Stojanovic, Head of Competence Centre Innovation (GIZ)

    02 | Diving into Scaling Impact

    Interview with John Gargani co-author of the book “Scaling Impact: Innovation for the Public Good”

    03 | Scaling Toolkit – The grand unveiling

    Launching the scaling toolkit together with Eva Scholtes and Debarun Dutta from the Smart Africa Digital Academy

    04 | Interactive Session: Tools for Scaling Impact – The next level

    Open exchange with participants

    The Scaling Toolkit, thoughtfully curated from practical experience and profound insights gleaned from real-life projects, is the result of a collaborative endeavor by the #SmartDevelopmentFund team at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in partnership with Endeva and minds & makers. Supported generously by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, this resource signifies a united commitment to empower and grow impact across diverse initiatives.

     

  • 16:00 - 16:45 CEST

    bitkom Digital Sustainability Summit

    Panel dicussion: “Smart Earth, Smart Tech: A Sustainable Planet in the Digital Age”

    The digital transformation in the context of the global sustainability agenda

    The bitkom Digital Sustainability Summit, a conference for the green and digital twin transition, is taking place for the second time this year and brings together innovators from the digital industry, the sustainability community, science and politics.

    The panel discussion “Smart Earth, Smart Tech: A Sustainable Planet in the Digital Age”  looks at the digital transformation in the context of the global sustainability agenda and discusses how digital innovations can be used worldwide for environmental protection and sustainability and what Europe can learn from its partner countries.

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