The BMZ, in its strategic realignment of digital policy, is committed to equitable global digitisation along digital standards. In doing so, we count on the cooperation of our international ecosystem of policymakers, the private sector, academia, and civil society. In doing so, we aim to spearhead the implementation of an equitable social-ecological digital transformation in our partner countries that is sovereign, fair, feminist, and sustainable. In doing so, the BMZ is pursuing the following priorities:


Reducing hunger and poverty

Harnessing the potential of digitization and data for poverty reduction

Promoting Just Transition

Making digital transformation greener and using digital tools for more climate protection

Managing the Covid 19 pandemic and its consequences, preventing new pandemics

Using data and digital eHealth applications to manage pandemics and strengthen health systems

Develop a feminist development policy

Closing digital gaps between men and women

Our activities focus on the following topics: strengthening people-centric digital public infrastructure, promoting fair regulation, and enabling digital innovation.

Promoting digital public goods and infrastructure

The promotion of digital public goods and infrastructure (“structures”) secures the basis for the digital transformation and provides a toolbox for the digitalization of public services. The aim is to support the digital sovereignty of citizens, companies and public institutions so that they can act and make decisions independently in the digital space.

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Data4Policy DIPC FAIR Forward GovStack

Promoting fair regulation of the digital economy

The promotion of fair regulation of the digital economy (“standards”) offers a global platform with support processes for the implementation of a human-centric digital transformation. The BMZ‘s digital policy projects disseminate the necessary knowledge about regulation in order to promote a fair digital change in the partner countries.

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Data Economy Digital Transformation Centers Gig Economy SADA

Promoting digital skills

The promotion of digital skills (“skills”) focuses on the training of job-related digital skills, which play a key role in the transformation and strengthening of the labor markets in the partner countries of the German development cooperation. This is done, for example, with the digital learning platform atingi, which young people can use to expand their digital skills and thus improve their chances on the job market.

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Innovation fund

The #SmartDevelopmentFund (#SDF) supports tech startups, NGOs and social enterprises to develop and scale digital innovations.

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#Smart Development Fund

We are also joining forces in a broad network between development policy, the digital economy, civil society and science – [] network for Digital Transformation in Development Cooperation. The aim is to develop joint solutions for the major changes brought about by the changing times, the climate crisis and digitization, and to achieve greater impact on the ground through cooperation between public and private partners.

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