It is crucial that we actively shape the digital transformation in such a way that it serves the social-ecological transformation.

Martin Wimmer, Chief Digital Officer, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

Digital transformation is advancing at breakneck speed. Accelerated by the Covid 19 pandemic, the digital transformation of politics, administration, society and business is turning the familiar upside down. At the same time, it offers the opportunity to dare more progress – at home and in development cooperation.

Building on the new German government’s core goals of actively shaping digital transformation and international digital policy, Federal Minister Svenja Schulze has anchored fair, sustainable and humane digitization as one of two perspective themes in the new guidelines of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).


In order to shape the digital transformation of development cooperation with the “digitization” perspective theme, BMZ has established a new governance model with exchange formats for internal collaboration and consultation with partners, consisting of a strategic board and operational steering committee. “Transformation forums” discuss requirements and suggestions in a consultative process with national and international stakeholders from politics, business, science, civil society and implementing organizations. Through these bodies, the internal digital transformation and the integration of new digital standards and solutions into development cooperation measures are driven forward in equal measure.


What are the focal points of the transformation process?

Through artificial intelligence, blockchain technology or modern data management, BMZ accelerates technology change in its partner countries and supports governments to secure their digital sovereignty, ensure sustainable economic (re)development and overcome digital divides. With the mission of using digital solutions to implement the global sustainability goals and the four BMZ governance priorities, the BMZ is shaping a social-ecological oriented digital policy on an equal footing with partner countries.

The BMZ is modernizing its own administration through agile project management and the introduction of up-to-date information and communication technology (ICT).

In order to act in a more evidence-based manner and to better monitor measures, the BMZ is expanding its internal data management. The aim is to maintain data of high quality and up to date.


Administrative modernization

Utilize contemporary IT and innovations in the ICT sector.  Modernize administration and establish agile project management at the BMZ.

Data management

Further modernize data management at the BMZ and establish a database that can be used for development policy decision.

Digital policy

Driving technological change together with partner countries. Help shape international digital policy in a socio-ecological way.

For the digital transformation in development cooperation, national and international experts from various disciplines are invited to give impetus in hearing formats and to fill the perspective topic of digitization with life.