[digital.global] in dialogue
As a platform for all actors driving a social-ecological and feminist digital transformation, the network thrives on its strong partnerships and continuous exchange. Its goal is to harness the innovative power of the digital economy for development policy goals, while focusing on the needs of partner countries. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is in constant dialog with its initiatives and partners in order to adapt technical and financial cooperation to the constantly changing challenges of the ongoing digital transformation of all areas of life.
ICEGOV 2023 Roundtable Session: Agile Regulation of the Gig Economy
Western Balkans Digital Summit Side Event: Launch of the EU Neighbouring Countries Branch of the D4D Hub
Regional Conference on Digital Transformation in East Africa Community
Roundtable: The future of national multi-stakeholder dialogue
Internet Governance Forum
Open Forum: Planetary Limits of AI: Governance for Just Digitalisation? The…
Kick-Off and Technical Exchange Event for the EU-LAC Digital Alliance in Central America
GSMA Mobile World Congress Kigali
From October 17-19, the GSMA Mobile World Congress Kigali convenes the digital…
Ideathon on Gender Equality and Equity in the Tech-Sector (HIIG & GIZ Cambodia)
Women in Tech: Inspirational Talk and Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue (HIIG & GIZ Mauritania)
The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Mauritania, on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), co-organize an event consisting of an Inspirational Talk and a Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue, with the participation of the Mauritanian Ministry of Digital Transformation, Innovation and Modernization of the Administration (MTNIMA).
The Inspirational Talk will offer a unique insight into the working world of a woman in the tech sector in Mauritania. The aim of the dialogue is to achieve a shared understanding of the perspectives, opportunities, and challenges that women face within the tech-sector.
The event will take place in Nouakchott, Mauritania for the anniversary of the opening of the DTC Mauritania.
The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Cambodia, on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), co-organize together with the Cambodian Academy of Digital Technology an Ideathon on Gender Equality and Equity in the Tech-Sector.
The Ideathon aims to empower women and promote gender equality and equity in the tech industry in Cambodia and across South-East Asia. With a specific emphasis on digital literacy for women and marginalised communities, the Ideathon seeks to reshape the future of the tech landscape by integrating an intersectional gender perspective. This event aims to bring together different stakeholders to conceive innovative ideas for making tech skills accessible to all.
From October 17-19, the GSMA Mobile World Congress Kigali convenes the digital industry around the focus themes of Accelerate Africa, FinTech, HealthTech and Powering Digital to promote the African continent’s digital economy for a better future.
The GSMA MWC brings digital, connectivity and policy leaders together, hosting the debates that define society’s relationship with technology, showcasing cutting-edge technology demos that enable socio-economic growth and driving innovation by introducing investors to visionary startups. Sustainable impact for good is only possible when the entire technology ecosystem joins forces.
Experts from the digital policy initiative Digital Transformation Centers participate in roundtables on artificial intelligence for development and building resilience in times of climate and humanitarian crises to share proven approaches like the FairForward project and the experiences from the local digital ecosystems of the Digital Transformation Centers.
The two-day Kick-off and Technical Exchange for the EU-LAC Digital Alliance in Central America “Towards a Human-Centered Digital Transformation in Central America and the European Union” in El Salvador will bring together technical experts from partner organizations, such as government institutions, private sector, civil society and academia from Central America as well as EU representatives (EEAS, DG INTPA) and European implementation and project partners (Expertise France, FIIAPP, eGA, GIZ, EUreCA, ITU) to introduce the new TEI EU-LAC Digital Alliance component for Central America. A crucial part of the component will be the set-up of a Central American Secretariat in Costa Rica facilitated by an additional EU funding and executed by GIZ as part of the TEI “Policy Dialogues” component. The aim of the event is to introduce the new component and align the thematic areas of the partners (FIIAPP, eGA, Expertise France, GIZ) with sub-regional stakeholders. Ideally, the event should result in the identification of potential intervention areas for common reference frameworks and further policy dialogues.
Speakers: Carlos Vargas, e-Governance Expert, eGA; Jean-Marie Chenou, Cybersecurity Expert, Expertise France; Maria Rosario Heras Carrasco, Data Governance Expert, FIIAPP; Leonel Tapia, Inclusive Connectivity Expert, GIZ.
Open Forum: Planetary Limits of AI: Governance for Just Digitalisation?
The Internet Governance Forum as the central multi-stakeholder platform for policy dialogue on issues of Internet governance, regulation and governance is one of the most important forums for international digital policy.
On 10 October, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is organising an Open Forum “Planetary Limits of AI: Governance for Just Digitalisation?” at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Kyoto.
In this Open Forum, stakeholders such as International Telecommunication Union (ITU), representatives from government, civil society and business will jointly discuss the sustainable development of the ICT sector and technologies, such as AI. To ensure sustainable AI, there’s a need to limit the ecological and social risks. In particular, countries of the Global South need to be involved in this process, as AI training often takes place in emerging markets. Further, many countries in the Global South are rapidly developing their data economies. The provision of sustainable digital infrastructure, such as green data centres, and frameworks for circular ICT can help to ensure a Just Transition.
For example, the ITU and the World Bank in partnership with BMZ and GIZ (Political Initiative Data Economy) have developed a practitioner’s guide to ‘Green data centers: towards a sustainable digital transformation’. As data centers form the basis for computation and data storage that supports AI deployment, limiting their environmental impact and energy use is a first important step for AI to remain within planetary boundaries. Martin Wimmer, Deputy Director General, Policy issues of development cooperation, BMZ will deliver the opening address to set the floor for the discussion, and join the panel as a discussant.
From 5-6 October 2023, the East African Community (EAC) and the European Union (EU) are holding the 1st EU-EAC Regional Conference on Digital Transformation in the East African Community in Arusha, Tanzania.
The conference, which is being facilitated by the Digital for Development (D4D) Hub, will provide a platform for stakeholders in the EAC region and the European partners to jointly take stock of the digital transformation agenda in the EAC and discuss potential engagement through a “Team Europe” initiative.
It will bring together:
- Representatives from the EAC Secretariat and other EAC Institutions
- ICT Ministries of EAC Partner States
- The EU Delegation Dar es Salaam
- Representatives from EU Member States – including Germany
Western Balkans Digital Summit Side Event: Launch of the EU Neighbouring Countries Branch of the D4D Hub
The sixth Western Balkans Digital Summit will be held in Sarajevo on 4-5 October 2023 with the aim to enhance collaboration and innovation in the digital sphere among Western Balkan economies, bringing together industry leaders, political decision-makers, entrepreneurs, and technology enthusiasts. Hosted by the Ministry of Communications and Transport of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the event will serve as a platform for sharing knowledge, experiences, and best practices with the goal of fostering digital transformation and economic growth in the Western Balkans.
The Western Balkans Digital Summit will also be the occasion for the European Union and its Member States to launch a new regional branch of the Digital for Development (D4D) Hub to advance digital cooperation with partners in the EU neighbouring countries.
The D4D Hub is already active in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean. It serves open platform for partners in these regions to engage with the European Union and its Member States, discuss joint priorities in the digital field, and identify concrete opportunities to advance cooperation.
Join the side event organised by the D4D Hub on 4 October at 12:00 CEST to discover how to engage with the new branch and to jointly identify priorities and opportunities for collaboration.
With the aim of developing an international digital strategy, the Federal Government has been heavily involved in the field of internet governance at the organisational level in recent years with the organisation of the IGF-D and the Internet Governance Forum 2019, the third annual conference of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network and the commitment to the ICANN78 meeting in Hamburg.
The eco association takes up this wish: Together with the BMDV, the Roundtable: “The Future of the National Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue” is to give the starting signal for the revival of a regular multi-stakeholder dialogue.
Participants of the roundtable:
- Hans Peter Dittler, Deputy Chairman of the Board, ISOC.DE.e.V.
- Manuel Höferlin, Member of the Steering Committee, IGF-D
- Peter Koch, Senior Policy Advisor, DENIC eG.
- Mirjam Kühne, Chair, RIPE
- Katharina Morasch, Legal Trainee European Commission DG CNECT / IGF-D Youth
- Thomas Rickert, Director Names & Numbers, eco-Verband der Internetwirtschaft e.V.
- Dr. Irina Soeffky, Head of National, European and International Digital Policy,, BMDV
Oliver J. Süme, Chairman of the Board, eco-Verband der Internetwirtschaft e.V.
The policy initiatives Gig Economy and SADA are represented at ICEGOV 2023 – the leading conference on digital governance with the roundtable session “Agile Regulation of the Digital Platform Economy” , a panel on opportunities and risks of platform work (Gig Economy ).
The gig economy refers to a labour market comprised of short-term jobs, so called “gigs”. These “gigs” are usually completed by workers contracted on a non-permanent basis and are mediated via digital labour platforms. The digital gig economy is growing rapidly, and it is estimated that by 2027, around 50% of the global workforce will be involved in some form of gig work. Thereby, the digital gig economy has the potential to play a significant role in addressing unemployment and underemployment around the world.
Numerous governments have embraced digital labour platforms, bringing together businesses, workers, and consumers, as a solution to decrease unemployment. Digital platforms stimulate employment and income generation, but they also encompass risks such as lower employment security and unfair working conditions. This has raised cross-cutting regulatory issues in a number of domains such as labour, social welfare, occupational health and safety, competition, taxation as well as data and consumer protection. As with other developments around digital transformation, the platform economy is evolving dynamically and therefore a new approach to policymaking and regulation is required – it should be more agile and more collaborative.
Participants of the roundtable:
- Prof. Matheus Braz from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil), who conducts research on Platform Work and Social Protection.
- Katrine Scomparin, founder and Chief Marketing Officer of naPorta, a start-up delivery service for favelas.
- Ilan Fonseca, who works as a Labour Prosecutor under the Brazilian Ministry of Labour and used to be a gig worker himself.
- Eva Scholtes, advisor to GADA/SADA (Global Alliance of Digital Academies/Smart Africa Digital Academy), which provides training for policy makers on platform work and regulation.
- Moderation: Sarah Wagner, advisor to Gig Economy
This panel discussion kicks off this year’s LABOR.A Digital event of the Hans-Böckler-Foundation. Along with Elke Hannack (DGB) and Birgit Steinborn (Siemens), PStS Dr. Bärbel Kofler will be discussing Germany’s position in global labor contexts. The panel focuses on the international dimension of socio-ecological transformation and the future of global production processes characterized by unequal power dynamics.
BMZ launch event with the economic sector
BMZ launches its new strategy for more effective and efficient cooperation with economic partners through Minister Svenja Schulze. Approximately 250 – 300 guests from politics, business, associations, trade unions, implementing organizations, civil society, science and research, and the media will be invited to Berlin.
The initiative “FAIR Forward – Artificial Intelligence for All” will showcase a long-standing collaboration with the Mozilla Foundation. Together they are promoting openly available AI training data for African languages. As digital public goods, these datasets are crucial building blocks for spurring local innovation with speech technology
Africa’s population is currently around 1.4 billion and projected to reach 2.5 billion by 2050. Africa will comprise 26% of the world’s working age population, with an economy that is estimated to grow twice as rapidly as that of the developed world. Thus a trusted and resilient digital environment is required.
There are ongoing efforts on the continent to transform Africa into a Single Digital Market (SDM). Africa’s SDM will be the world’s largest market and will build growth in an African Digital Economy. However, some key challenges remain to unlock the potential of Africa’s SDM such as lack of cybercrime strategies harmonization between African countries, limited capacity of national cybersecurity institutions and limited trust on both sides of a digital transaction nationally and across borders.
The session Securing Africa’s Data: Insights fromthe Smart Africa-GIZ Cybersecurity Blueprint will provide insights into the work of different actors on cyber threats, solutions for harmonized cybersecurity regulations, and recommendations for making data economies safe for citizens and societies.
- Dr. Martin Koyabe, Senior Manager AU-GFCE Project, Global Forum on Cyber Expertise
- Folake Olagunju, Program Officer Internet and Cybersecurity, ECOWAS
- Aretha Mare, Projet Manager – Data Governance, Smart Africa
- Theoneste Ngiruwonsanga, Project Manager for Cybersecuirty and Data Privacy, Smar Africa
- Adama Konate, Director General, Ecole Supérieure Africaine des TIC (ESATIC)
The SDG Summit marks the midpoint of the 2030 Agenda and is intended to herald a new phase of accelerated progress toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Digital technologies are essential for this, as Secretary General of the United Nations, Guterres has repeatedly emphasized. In this backdrop, and on the sidelines of the SDG summit, UNDP, together with UN Office of South South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and GIZ on behalf of Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) hosted the panel Data-Informed Policymaking: A Catalyst for SDGs. The panel stressed on the importance of data-informed policymaking together with the launch of the Data to Policy Navigator, a tool developed by UNDP and GIZ that caters to policymakers needs in systematically integrating data in their decision making processes.
Through data-driven and data-informed decision-making, governments can develop more efficient, sustainable, and inclusive policies across all sectors. To this end, UNDP’s Digital Office, in collaboration with GIZ, has developed the Data to Policy Navigator – a global resource, specifically designed for government officials with limited prior data science knowledge and experience. It aims to give policymakers the know-how to systematically integrate new data sources into their decision-making and policy development processes, as well as provides specific use cases or practical resources to learn from.
Top-line Messages of the panel:
- The recent surge in data puts more power into the hands of people and policymakers as they work to achieve the SDGs.
- Yet, limited access, resources, tech know-how, and complex governance hinder policymakers around the world from using new data.
- The biggest challenges lie not in technical aspects but in changing the data culture. A strong data culture entails a high level of political will to listen to evidence, a mainstreamed understanding of using data by default, and clear roles and responsibilities for all steps along the data value chain.
- In this ever-changing data landscape, the private sector is also up against learning curves.
- Initiatives like the Data to Policy Navigator Tool and Data to Policy Network are pivotal in breaking past the data culture roadblocks. These tools are tailored for mid and senior-level government executives, the data consumers, rather than the data producers, like the data experts in National Statistics Offices.
On 17 September, ITU, UNDP and their partners convened for SDG Digital in New York with the support of the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) as Knowledge Partner. SDG Digital took stock of the achievements, gaps and opportunities on how digital is supporting the 2030 Agenda and catalyzes greater action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by bringing data and digital technologies front and center.
The day’s objective was to demonstrate how data and digital technologies can be leveraged to reach the SDGs and their targets. It showcased 17 digital solutions – one for each SDG – with game-changing potential to accelerate progress on the SDGs. Three BMZ-initiatives were among these game-changing solutions: our global e-learning platform atingi for SDG 4 (high quality education); Audiopedia, an Open-Source e-learning platform targeted at women and girls, for SDG 5 (Gender Equality); and Mobile Innovation Hub, an accelerator programme to support local and digital innovation ecosystems, for SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth).
Noémie Bürkl, Head of Division “Digital Technologies” at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, presented atingi as a game-changing solution for SDG 4 during the session”Showcase: Game-changing digital solutions”:
On September 13, the Internet Governance Forum Germany (IGF-D) took place for the 14th time at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. The IGF-D offers a discussion platform for Internet governance issues to various stakeholders from government, parliament, academia, civil society and the German Internet governance youth. The aim of the event is to raise awareness of these issues among German policymakers and the public, as well as to develop national positions and key messages for this year’s global IGF 2023 in Kyoto, which is considered one of the most important forums for international digital policy.
At this year’s IGF-D, representatives* from the BMDV and AA participated. In addition, stakeholders from academia and civil society were represented by BMDV, FemAI, AlgorithmWatch, re:publica, Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V., Centre for European Policy Studies, Wikimedia Deutschland, dot Berlin gmBH, ISOC.de and IGF-D Youth. The importance of a multi-stakeholder approach to promote a digital policy supported by all stakeholders was repeatedly emphasized at the IGF-D. Specifically, the BMDV invited the resumption of open consultation rounds on digital policy issues to drive improved participation of different stakeholders. Participants repeatedly mentioned the priority of creating a free, secure and fair Internet as well as impulses for a sustainable digital economy.
The [digital.global] network has been virtually represented by two GIZ representatives in preparation for the IGF Kyoto from 8-10 October 2023.