The [] network in dialogue

The [] network brings together more than 100 stakeholders from politics, business, civil society and science in Germany, our partner countries and our multilateral partner system.

As a platform for all stakeholders driving a socio-ecological and feminist digital transformation, the network thrives on its strong partnerships and ongoing 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. In order to adapt technical and financial cooperation to the constantly changing challenges of the ongoing digital transformation of all areas of life, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is in an ongoing dialog with its initiatives and partners.


Preview of the next dialogue events


atingi4Ag Project Launches Open-Source IVR Solution for Digital and Educational Inclusion
The atingi4Ag project in Benin has developed an open-source Interactive Voice Response (IVR) solution to make learning more accessible and inclusive.  The IVR solution makes learning content accessible regardless of learners’ individual circumstances and will be launched on July 21.
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Launch of the Senegal Data Strategy
On July 25, the Ministry of Communications, Telecommunications and Digital Economy (MCTEN), with the support of the Data Economy Initiative of BMZ and GIZ, is launching the Senegal Digital Strategy 2025, a national data strategy for Senegal, together with Smart Africa.


Gig Economy Initiative Webinar: Digital Labour Platforms on the African Continent.
The Gig Economy Initiative presents the fifth event in its webinar series on platform labor regulation. This roundtable will focus on antitrust regulation in the context of digital labor platforms on the African continent.
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WeAreDevelopers World Congress
At this developers’ conference, international tech leaders and software developers discuss future-relevant IT topics. On July 28, Martin Wimmer, CDO, BMZ will participate in a panel on the Tech Leaders Stage.


BMZ Open Day
The Federal Government’s Open Day offers the opportunity to take a look “behind the scenes of politics”. GIZ and BMZ present the Gig Economy Initiative and atingi of the [] network with a photo exhibition that provides insights into the lives of platform workers as well as the techDetector of GIZ.
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Startupnight Berlin
At the invitation of the [] network of the BMZ, startups from Africa, Asia and Latin America will come to Berlin as part of the Startupnight and present the startup scene of their countries to us. There will be a keynote from a German Unicorn and one from a Unicorn from the Global South on the main stage.


Review of the last dialogue events


Workshop des KI-Observatoriums des BMAS
In the workshop, representatives of the BMZ, BMAS and BMWK will develop a joint narrative on the priority areas of sustainability/transformation and health. The goals of the workshop are networking and exchange among those who are responsible for the measures as well as the identification of cooperation potentials.


Online Panel: Steering an inclusive Twin Transition in LAC- Youth and Women’s perspectives on digital and green transition
In preparation of the third EU-CELAC Summit, the EU-LAC International Foundation organized a virtual panel discussion on Twin Transition in Latin America and the Caribbean – Youth and Women’s Perspectives on Green and Digital Transformation.


Workshop AI Capacity Building
In collaboration with the partners of the [] network 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 aim of this initiative is to agree on an AI roadmap to boost the Senegalese economy.


AGYLE Digital Event
The AGYLE Digital Event, which was implemented on behalf of BMZ by AWE and Deutschland Land der Ideen, 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.


Launch of the Fairwork Report “Gender and Platform Work”
On July 03, 2023, Fairwork presented the first global report on gender and platform work. The report’s research spanned four years in 38 countries, covered more than 180 platforms, and interviewed approximately 5,000 platform workers.


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 [] network, such as USAID, UNDP, DIAL and DPGA.


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 demands: AI and Digital Innovation as a common approach in cooperation”, Corinna Peters, consultant for digitalization at AWE presented the offers of the [] network.


NewSpace Breakfast: „NewSpace meets Africa”
On the initiative of the BDI and with the support of LiveEO, participants of 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.


German Industry Day
At this BDI event, Martin Wimmer, CDO BMZ, took part 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 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 Jost Neumann, Program Director, TUI Care Foundation.


Digital Ethics Working Group of Initiative D1
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. Martin Wimmer, CDO BMZ, gave a keynote speech at the last meeting of the working group.
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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.