[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!…


  • Digital Ethics Working Group of Initiative D21

    As a cross-sector network that brings together players from politics, business, science and civil society, Initiative D21 aims to promote the potential of digitization and digital participation in Germany. At the last meeting of the working group Martin Wimmer, CDO BMZ, gave a keynote speach.

  • Virtual event
    11:00 - 12:00 CEST

    bitkom & [digital.global]: Closing the Global Digital Divide

    Accompanying the Global South on its path to access to powerful Internet and the skills to use digital technologies safely is not just a question of equity: Better connectivity and the teaching of digital skills create great potential for growth and development. This is precisely what European companies, associations and the German government are already working on hand in hand – in numerous projects around the world. We talked about this at our online panel on “Global Digital Divides,” which we organized together with bitkom to mark the German Digital Day.

    Speakers:

    • Caroline King, Global Head of Business Development SAP
    • Karolin Erdmann, Head of the Make-IT Alliance
    • Asma Bannouri, Deployment Manager, Orange Digital Center
    • Martin Wimmer, Chief Digital Officer, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
  • Arena Berlin, Berlin

    The BMZ at re:publica 2023

    re:publica 23 – 05. - 07. Juni 2023 — Session: Beating the gender bias in AI! /// Speaker: Linda Bonyo, Kathleen Ziemann, Katharina Klappheck — The re:publica took place from 05 to 07 June 2023 in the Arena Berlin and the Festsaal Kreuzberg. This year, the festival for the digital society was themed "CASH". Berlin, June 07, 2023 Photo: Jan Zappner/re:publica © copyright
    re:publica 23 – 05. - 07. Juni 2023 — Session: Women’s needs are unique. Their financial solutions should be too! /// Speaker: Mary Ellen Iskenderian — The re:publica took place from 05 to 07 June 2023 in the Arena Berlin and the Festsaal Kreuzberg. This year, the festival for the digital society was themed "CASH". Berlin, June 07, 2023 Photo: Jan Zappner/re:publica © copyright
    re:publica 23 – 05. - 07. Juni 2023 — Session: Women’s needs are unique. Their financial solutions should be too! /// Speaker: Mary Ellen Iskenderian — The re:publica took place from 05 to 07 June 2023 in the Arena Berlin and the Festsaal Kreuzberg. This year, the festival for the digital society was themed "CASH". Berlin, June 07, 2023 Photo: Jan Zappner/re:publica © copyright
    re:publica 23 – 05. - 07. Juni 2023 — The re:publica took place from 05 to 07 June 2023 in the Arena Berlin and the Festsaal Kreuzberg. This year, the festival for the digital society was themed "CASH". Berlin, June 07, 2023 Photo: Jan Zappner/re:publica © copyright
    re:publica 23 – 05. - 07. Juni 2023 — Session: Click, Hire, Fire? Improving the Global Reality and Future of Platform Work /// Speaker: Svenja Schulze, Mark Graham, Esther Gathigi-Kibugi, Fabian Stephany — The re:publica took place from 05 to 07 June 2023 in the Arena Berlin and the Festsaal Kreuzberg. This year, the festival for the digital society was themed "CASH". Berlin, June 07, 2023 Photo: Jan Zappner/re:publica © copyright
    re:publica 23 – 05. - 07. Juni 2023 — Session: Click, Hire, Fire? Improving the Global Reality and Future of Platform Work /// Speaker: Svenja Schulze, Mark Graham, Esther Gathigi-Kibugi, Fabian Stephany — The re:publica took place from 05 to 07 June 2023 in the Arena Berlin and the Festsaal Kreuzberg. This year, the festival for the digital society was themed "CASH". Berlin, June 07, 2023 Photo: Jan Zappner/re:publica © copyright
    re:publica 23 – 05. - 07. Juni 2023 — Session: Click, Hire, Fire? Improving the Global Reality and Future of Platform Work /// Speaker: Svenja Schulze, Mark Graham, Esther Gathigi-Kibugi, Fabian Stephany — The re:publica took place from 05 to 07 June 2023 in the Arena Berlin and the Festsaal Kreuzberg. This year, the festival for the digital society was themed "CASH". Berlin, June 07, 2023 Photo: Jan Zappner/re:publica © copyright
    re:publica 23 – 05. - 07. Juni 2023 — Session: Click, Hire, Fire? Improving the Global Reality and Future of Platform Work /// Speaker: Svenja Schulze, Mark Graham, Esther Gathigi-Kibugi, Fabian Stephany — The re:publica took place from 05 to 07 June 2023 in the Arena Berlin and the Festsaal Kreuzberg. This year, the festival for the digital society was themed "CASH". Berlin, June 07, 2023 Photo: Jan Zappner/re:publica © copyright
    re:publica 23 – 05. - 07. Juni 2023 — Session: Women’s needs are unique. Their financial solutions should be too! /// Speaker: Mary Ellen Iskenderian — The re:publica took place from 05 to 07 June 2023 in the Arena Berlin and the Festsaal Kreuzberg. This year, the festival for the digital society was themed "CASH". Berlin, June 07, 2023 Photo: Jan Zappner/re:publica © copyright
    re:publica 23 – 05. - 07. Juni 2023 — CASH für die Twin Transition – wie wird Digitalisierung grüner und Klimaschutz digitaler? Georg von Richthofen, Martin Wimmer — The re:publica took place from 05 to 07 June 2023 in the Arena Berlin and the Festsaal Kreuzberg. This year, the festival for the digital society was themed "CASH". Berlin, June 07, 2023 Photo: Jan Zappner/re:publica © copyright

    At this year’s re:publica, the largest festival for the digital society, one topic took center stage: CASH. Under this motto, representatives from science, politics, companies, NGOs and the media, as well as bloggers, activists, artists and social media experts, exchanged ideas on topics of digital transformation.

    The contributions of over 1100 speakers* on 18 stages showed that the digital transformation is not only a technical, but also a social and global topic.

    In several panels and discussion groups, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and its partners from the [digital.global] network presented innovative approaches and projects for digital solutions in partner countries. The focus was on platform work, artificial intelligence, climate protection, feminist development policy, health and international digital policy.

  • Virtual event
    15:00 - 16:30 CEST

    Blockchain & Women’s Financial Inclusion

    The topic of the webinar was the financial inclusion of women. What added value can blockchain and digitalization offer here? Peer-to-peer lending, microcredit for women’s savings groups, or community inclusion currencies – blockchain offers a range of use cases to reach people who have been largely excluded from the formal financial system. But can these technological solutions also help change gender norms and strengthen women’s financial inclusion and economic participation?

    We discussed theese questions with partners from CGAP, WFP Innovation Accelerator and GIZ Cameroon, who presented projects from development cooperation and humanitarian aid.

     

     

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  • Virtual Event

    Roundtable: Towards a feminist digital development cooperation

    Towards a feminist digital development cooperation, the betterplace lab organized the online roundtable “Towards a feminist digital development cooperation” as part of a trend study on feminist digital development cooperation.

  • Mexico City, Mexico

    Women in Tech, Twin Transition, and an Alliance for MSMEs: some of the themes presented during the Regional Forum for Digital Transformation in Mexico

    The Forum organized by the BMZ Digital Transformation Center Mexico in close collaboration with the Ministry of Economy of Mexico, brought together a diversity of national and international stakeholders.

    The Regional Forum for Digital Transformation was a hybrid space for dialogue and networking to exchange experiences on Digital Transformation, Digital Policy, Data and Public Policy, Digital Economy, Climate Action and Sustainable Development. During the three days of the Forum, almost 5,000 virtual attendees participated from 18 different countries such as Germany, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru; and nearly 700 people attended in person. There were 58 sessions, including expert panels, keynote speakers, multi-stakeholder dialogues, and five workshops. The Forum, held in the Ministry of Economy in Mexico City, featured the participation of 120 speakers from 40 different public, private, and social sector institutions.

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  • Sovereign Cloud Stack Summit

    Organized by the Open Source Business Alliance (OSB Alliance), the Sovereign Cloud Stack Summit aimed to promote exchange on open source technologies, especially in the cloud space. The focus was on digital sovereignty and European core values in the digital space, which were significantly advanced by SPRIN-D. For the panel discussions and speeches, the broad ecosystem of open source stakeholders from politics, the private sector, academia and civil society was included. The BMZ highlighted the international perspective on digital sovereignty and open source through the policy initiative GovStack and the [digital.global] Network.

  • Global Solutions Summit

    The Global Solutions Summit is the world’s leading forum for translating research-based evidence into policy recommendations for the G7/G20. Its goal is better global governance for the common good. The meeting brought together high-level government officials with academic researchers, NGO leaders and international CEOs. The BMZ participated in several sessions of the Global Solutions Summit, including the Advisory Board meeting and the High-Level Forum on Climate and Digital Architecture for the Public Good sessions.

  • BMZ, Berlin

    Visit of the Egyptian Minister of Digital at the BMZ

    With the aim of exploring strategic priorities for digital cooperation between Germany and Egypt, a strategic dialogue took place between the BMZ and Khaled El-Attar, Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation, Automation and Administrative Development.

  • Stuttgart

    Blockchain Breakfast Baden-Württemberg with KfW

    Together with KfW, BMZ participated in the Blockchain Breakfast and presented the TruBudget tool with Piet Kleffmann, Department Director of KfW Development Bank.

  • BMZ, Berlin

    Strategic Dialogue UNDP in the BMZ

    The United Nations Development Programm (UNDP) is a long-standing partner of German development cooperation, while UNDP and BMZ share a longtime cooperation in the digital sector. The aim of the exchange in May was to highlight synergies in the field of innovation and digitalization. The United Nations Development Programme, represented by Robert Opp, Chief Digital Officer and Gina Lucarelli, Team Leader Accelerator Labs, met with the following representatives of the BMZ: Dirk Meyer, Head of Division Global Health, Economy, Trade and Rural Development; Martin Wimmer, CDO; Noemie Bürkl, Head of the Digitalization Unit.

  • Washington, USA

    World Bank GovTech Global Forum in Washington

    The event was organized by the World Bank’s Governance Global Practice and was entitled “Governance in the Digital Era.” BMZ participated in the forum as a co-host through a logo partnership. A recorded video message from Dirk Meyer, Department Head, Global Health, Economy, Trade and Rural Development was broadcasted during the first plenary, which addressed the guiding question of how GovTech implementation can contribute to economic and social development.

  • Victoria Falls, Simbabwe

    Transform Africa Summit (TAS2023)

    The Transform Africa Summit (TAS2023) took place for the sixth time this year. The venue was the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Government representatives, companies and organizations from over 100 countries met under the motto “Connect, Innovate, Transform”. The aim of the summit was to accelerate the digital transformation of the participating African countries. This is to pave the way toward competitive, agile, open and innovative smart societies.

    Our policy initiatives were represented at TAS2023 with the following workshops:

    • Digital for Development (D4D) Hub: ”Global Gateway: Building trusted connectivity between Africa and Europe”
    • SADA & Gig Economy: ”Better policymaking for fair, safe, inclusive and sustainable digital transformation – The case of platform work”
    • Data Economy: ”Building an Enabling Environment for Data-Driven Value Creation”
    • GovStack: ”Digital Leaders Forum on Digital Public Infrastructure and Secure Data Flow”
    • #SmartDevelopmentFund: ”Female Empowerment – the compass of the Twin Transition”
    • FAIR Forward: ”Leveraging AI to adress climate change challenges in Africa”
    • SADA: ”Network of Women Digital Ministers for inclusive digital policy and digital gender equality”
  • Hangzhou, China

    UN World Data Forum 2023: Innovative ways to utilise data for policy makers

    The UN World Data Forum aims to drive innovation in the use of data, foster partnerships, mobilise high-level political and financial support for data, and develop a sustainable approach to data use.

    Against this backdrop, the United Nations Development Programme, in collaboration with GIZ’s political initiative Data4Policy, has developed a Data-to-Policy Navigator for policymakers to use new data sources to support policy and decision-making processes.

    The navigator focuses on the needs of policymakers to shape more inclusive, effective and sustainable policies and empower them digital public infrastructure (DPI). The beta version of the Navigatorwas launched at the fourth UN World Data Forum, which wich took place in Hangzhou, China, in April 2023.

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  • hybrid, Berlin

    bitkom Digital Sustainability Summit: Conference for the digital and green twin transition 

    Climate change affects us all. How can we use innovative digital solutions to combat climate change? And how can we connect the global South and North to jointly develop innovative solutions for climate goals?

    These questions were addressed by Svenja Schulze, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, at the bitkom Digital Sustainability Summit. Through the newly created [digital.global] network, new paths and partnerships can emerge with the aim of developing digital solutions to one of the most pressing questions of our time: how do we shape a climate-just future in the global South and North?

    In addition, Noémie Bürkl, Head of Digitalization at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), discussed digital solutions to the climate crisis directly with companies from the MAKE-IT Alliance, bitkom, and local businesses in a side event.

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    Roundtable: “Green Tech for Climate Action: advancing digital green solutions between North and South

    Collaboration with the private sector is essential to solving the global challenges of our time. This is especially true for climate change: on the one hand, our economic activities contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, pollution and biodiversity loss. On the other hand, innovative ideas and digital solutions can help conserve resources and build a sustainable digital and green society and economy.

    In particular, innovative SMEs and startups offer digital green tech solutions to decarbonize supply chains and shape the transformation to a more sustainable economy and society. A dialogue between the private and public sectors, and between companies from the global South and North, can help promote green and sustainable technologies and approaches worldwide.

    In the panel discussion, initiators and participants discussed the limits of their supply chain management and compensation mechanisms. The focus here was on innovative digital solutions. On the other hand, green tech solutions from climate adaptation were presented, which could be used especially in the global south. How can such solutions be scaled to maximize impact?

    The following speakers discussed at the round table for interested companies:

    • Noémie Bürkl, Head of the Digitalisation Department of Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
    • Lara Obst, Co-Founder & Climate Officer of THE CLIMATE CHOICE
    • Marco Christ, Managing Director of DEG Impulse gGmbH
    • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Rams, Co-Founder & CFO of Africa GreenTec
    • Werner Neubauer, CEO of albis-elcon
    • Robert Heinecke, Founder & CEO of Breeze Technologies

    In addition, selected international startups gave us an insight into their work, including IoTeamVN, winner of the Green Tech Incubator Vietnam.

    Host: Stella Deppe, BMZ digilab

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