[digital.global] im Dialog

Das [digital.global] Netzwerk vereint weit über 100 Akteure aus Politik, Wirtschaft, Zivilgesellschaft und Wissenschaft in Deutschland, unseren Partnerländern sowie unserem multilateralen Partnersystem.

Als Plattform für alle Akteure, die eine sozial-ökologischen und feministische digitale Transformation vorantreiben, lebt das Netzwerk von seinen starken Partnerschaften und dem kontinuierlichen Austausch. Sein Ziel ist es, die Innovationskraft der Digitalwirtschaft für entwicklungspolitische Ziele zu nutzen und sich dabei an den Bedarfen der Partnerländer zu orientieren. Um die technische und finanzielle Zusammenarbeit an die sich laufend verändernden Herausforderungen der fortschreitenden digitalen Transformation aller Lebensbereiche anzupassen ist das Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ) im ständigen Dialog mit seinen Initiativen und Partnern.

SDG Digital Futures

SDG Digital – launched in 2023 – will be back this year…

Online discussion round: how AI is shaping online work

  Artificial intelligence or machine learning requires extensive “training data” that helps…

Democratizing Gender Data for Better Policymaking – Official HLPF Side Event

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!…

  • 16:00 - 17:30 CEST

    Launch Event: ‘Fairwork Cloudwork Ratings 2023’ report

    On July 20, the Fairwork report: “Work in the Planetary Labour Market: Fairwork Cloudwork Ratings 2023” was released. The study evaluates and grades basic fairness standards in labor agreements on 15 web-based digital labour platforms according to the five Fairwork principles:
    Fair pay, conditions, contracts, management, and representation.

    This year’s scores show that platforms are still far from safeguarding the basic standards of fair work expressed in these five principles. The research has revealed the precarious conditions for workers active in microwork platforms that provide services such as data annotation and labelling, video scoring and model evaluation to artificial intelligence (AI) companies. While the run for AI deployments gets public hype and momentum, workers behind the design, building and testing of these technological solutions, unfortunately, still face enormous challenges and experience unfair working conditions.

    The launch event explored the key findings of the report in more depth, highlighted the implications for workers and the digital economy, and discussed the way forward to achieve minimum standards for fair work in the platform-based labor market. Prof. Mark Graham, Director of Fairwork and the lead researcher of the report, Dr. Jonas Valente presented the key findings.


    • Dr Janine Berg, Senior Economist, International Labour Organization
    • Esther Gathigi-Kibugi, Country Director, DOT Kenya

    The full report can be viewed here.

    More Information


  • Berlin

    Workshop of the AI Observatory of the BMAS

    In the workshop, representatives of the BMZ, BMAS and BMWK developed a joint narrative on the priority areas of sustainability/transformation and health. The goals of the workshop were networking and exchange among those responsible for the measures as well as the identification of cooperation potentials.

  • Virtual Event
    12:00 - 13:00 CEST

    Panel Discussion before EU-CELAC Summit: Steering an Inclusive Twin Transition in Latin America and the Caribbean

    The third EU-CELAC Summit took place in Brussels on July 17 and 18, 2023. Under the motto “Renewing the bi-regional partnership to strengthen peace and sustainable development”, the summit brought together heads of state and government from Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean to renew and strengthen relations between the two regions.

    In preparation, the EU-LAC International Foundation was organizing several thematic EU-LAC forums aimed at bringing together relevant social actors, policy makers and institutions to discuss challenges and opportunities for the strategic partnership between the EU and Latin America/Caribbean.

    On July 14, a virtual panel discussion on Twin Transition in Latin America and the Caribbean – Youth and Women’s Perspectives on Green and Digital Transformation was held in advance of the Summit.

    Panel Discussion has included:

    • Insight into the perspectives of women and youth on inclusion in the digital green transformation.
    • Appreciation of the commitment of the EU and partners in EU member states to collaborate and use digital innovation to address global challenges, including the climate crisis
    • Opportunity for innovators from the Latin American and Caribbean region, especially women, youth, and marginalized communities, to present their idea at an international competition and receive support for its implementation, in the region and globally.
    • Focusing on women, youth and marginalized communities, innovators* from Latin America and the Caribbean will be offered the opportunity to present their ideas for an international competition, gaining support for potential scale-up at regional and global levels.
  • Dakar, Senegal

    Workshop AI Capacity Building

    In collaboration with the partners of the [digital.global] networks D4D Hub and Expertise France GIZ supported MCTEN in the implementation of the first awareness workshop on “Artificial Intelligence for actors in the digital ecosystem in Senegal”. The goal of this initiative is to agree on an AI roadmap to boost the Senegalese economy.

  • Virtuelles Event

    AGYLE Digital Event

    The AGYLE Digital Event, which was implemented on behalf of BMZ by AWE and Germany Land of Ideas brought together experts and young leaders from Africa and Germany on July 11, 2023. Under this year’s motto “Digital transformation – how young leaders are shaping a green and inclusive future”, Martin Wimmer, CDO, provided insights into the BMZ’s perspective.

  • Virtual event
    14:00 - 15:30 CEST

    Launch of the Fairwork Report “Gender and Platform Work: Beyond Techno-solutionism”

    On July 03, 2023, Fairwork launched the first global report on gender and platform work. The research of the report “Gender and Platform Work” covers a period of four years in 38 countries. More than 180 platforms were considered and interviews were conducted with more than 5,000 platform workers. The report concludes that common practices in the platform economy, such as non-payment of a living wage, unsafe working conditions, and inadequate responses to gender discrimination, are associated with the risks of widening the gender wage gap, lowering labor force participation, and perpetuating gender inequalities.

    Keynote 1:

    • Noémi Bürkl, Head of the Unit Digitalisation, BMZ

    Keynote 2:

    • Dr Uma Rani, Senior Economist, ILO


    • Dr Kavita Dattani, Oxford Internet Institute
    • Tanja Jakobi, Fairwork Serbia
    • Dr Anjali Krishan, Oxford Internet Institute
    • Dr Cheryll Soriano, Fairwork Philippines
    • Prof Janaki Srinivasan, Fairwork India


  • Virtual event

    DPG Charter Event

    The closing event of the DPG-Charter celebrated the collaboration of over 100 professionals from 67 organizations and more than 30 countries. Charter signatories included partners of the [digital.global] network such as USAID, UNDP, DIAL and DPGA.

  • Virtual event

    Webinar – The Value of Microcredentials in the Digital Work Economy

    Over 40 million people use digital work platforms as their main or secondary source of income. The platform economy offers promising advantages such as flexibility, low barriers to entry, and access to key digital infrastructure, making it an attractive labor market for skilled professionals. Many of these individuals rely on formal or informal training to acquire basic skills and competencies that they can then use as valuable assets in the digital economy.

    The rapid pace of technological advancement and growing competition require constant updating and upgrading of skills for both learners and gigworkers. For platform-based gigworkers, microcredentials offer a convenient way to further their education and showcase their expertise on digital platforms and to potential clients. Microcredentials, much like the gig economy, represent a notable shift in the labor and education market by providing shorter, digital, and easily accessible opportunities.

    GIZ commissioned a research sprint on behalf of BMZ to explore the value of microcredentials in the context of the digital work economy, as well as their benefits for skilled gigworkers and the value they create for current and future learners in vocational education.

    In this webinar, key findings from the research sprint were shared and the web-based tool for TVET learners/gig workers on microcredentials was introduced. In addition, experts in Kenya, India, and Asia-Pacific shared their experiences with Microcredentials and for the Gig Economy. More info on the Gig Economy can be found here.

  • Karlsruhe

    Latin America – AI and Digital Innovation

    At this cooperation event of AWE with IHK Karlsruhe and LAV on the topic “Latin America – new markets – new needs: AI and Digital Innovation as a Common Approach in Cooperation”, Corinna Peters, Consultant for Digitalization at AWE, presented the offers of the [digital.global] network.

  • Berlin

    NewSpace Breakfast: „NewSpace meets Africa”

    On the initiative of the BDI and with the support of LiveEO, the NewSpace Breakfast discussed the rapid developments in the African space market. Dirk Meyer, Head of Division, Global Health, Economy, Trade and Rural Development, BMZ, gave a keynote speech on the growing importance of satellite technologies in development cooperation.

  • BMZ, Berlin
    11:00 - 12:30 CEST

    Webinar of the Members of the German Bundestag Tobias Bacherle and Armand Zorn and the BMZ

    On June 20th 2023 from 11:00am – 12:30pm CEST, the Members of Parliament Armand Zorn (Social Democrats) and Tobias Bacherle (Greens) together with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) are hosting an online webinar on “The necessity of value-driven regulations for a fair digital transformation”.

    This webinar was the last session of the webinar series on digitalization in development cooperation and participants were invited to share their expertise and perspective in the discussion with the Members of Parliament, the Parliamentary State Secretary at the BMZ, Dr. Bärbel Kofler, as well as anticipated international expert panelists such as Alison Gillwald (CEO, Research ICT Africa), a representative from Smart Africa and local governmental partners.

    Together, the opportunities of regulations for a fair digital transformation and the need for harmonized, value-based international regulations were discussed. It also explored the extent to which the EU’s regulatory approaches are relevant and adaptable for countries in the Global South, while conversely we seek to learn from the regulatory approaches of our partner countries in the Global South.

  • Berlin

    German Industry Day

    At this BDI event Martin Wimmer, CDO BMZ, participated in the panel “The digital and technology sector: Opportunity for young people in developing and emerging countries? “and exchanged views with Bernhard Longin, Chairman of the Board of Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft e.V. and CEO of dot-gruppe, Torsten Töllner, Managing Director CyCo Cyber Competence Center, Svenja L. Schauten, Deputy Managing Director, DSAA e. V. Dominic Orr, Component Manager, GIZ and and Jost Neumann, Program Director of TUI Care Foundation.

  • Berlin

    BMZ Board Meeting at GovTech Campus

    The BMZ exchanged views with the board “Digital Transformation” on 16.06.2023. Participating institutions and organizations at the meeting included: Engagement Global, German Evaluation Institute for Development Cooperation (DEval), German Institute of Development and Sustainability gGmbH (IDOS), Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), KfW, and Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). BMZ’ participants were: Martin Wimmer, CDO; Dirk Meyer, Head of Division Global Health, Economy, Trade and Rural Development; Dr. Iliya Nickelt, Head of BMZ Data Laboratory; Andreas Kottwitz, Sub-Department Head Central Services and IT; and Dr. Ariane Hildebrandt, Head of Division Principles, Data and Effectiveness.

  • Berlin

    GreenTech Festival: Panel “For Meta or worse: Sustainability in AI, VR and the token economy”

    The GreenTech Festival, with its keynotes, panels and bootcamps, is designed for anyone seeking sustainable change. Ideas driven by the need for sustainable business solutions are shared with bold pioneers and outstanding global leaders.

    The panel “For Meta or worse: Sustainability in AI, VR and the token economy” took place on June 15.


    • Majorie Hernandez, CEO and Founder, LUKSO & The Dematerialised
    • Max Orgeldinger, Managing Lead, TLGG
    • Martin Wimmer, CDO, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
    • Bernhard Kronfellner, Partner and Associate Director, BCG
    • Host: Christian Wölbert, Editor, c’t Magazin for Computer technology, Heise Medien

    To event

  • Berlin
    10:00 - 10:00 CEST

    Creative Bureaucracy Festival: “Hype or Hope: Can Missions and GovStack Boost Inclusive Digital Transformation?”

    The global digital transformation of the public sector presents a challenge for international development cooperation to promote inclusive digitization with partners from the Global South. This discussion aimed to explore how mission-oriented policymaking and digital services can enable this transformation by examining two approaches that drive innovation and digitization: Mission Oriented Innovation Policies (MOIPs) and the digital building blocks methodology known as the GovStack approach. The discussion explored the synergies, potentials, and lessons learned of both approaches and how they can be leveraged for successful digitization.

    This event of the [digital.global] network of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development took place on the Bowl stage as a fishbowl session, in which the audience could participate in the discussion depending on the topic.

    Speakers were Noémie Bürkl (BMZ), Benjamin Kumpf (OECD), Yolanda Martinez (ITU), Maksym Shkilov (Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine) and Stella Deppe (GIZ).