Digital transformation for sustainable growth in the private sector


Digital solutions are the key to bringing about the social and ecological transformation of our society.

German Development Minister Svenja Schulze

Nearly one in ten people worldwide suffers from hunger, around 120 million people fell back into extreme poverty in 2021 and young women in Africa are less than half as likely as men to find a job or a training position.

These statistics show that our global challenges are closely connected to the local and international economy. We need new working structures and economic sectors, innovations and people who have the courage to implement them. In this way, we can master the challenges and establish people-centred economic systems. This economic change can be driven forward using digital technologies.

We support our partner countries in making the digital transformation of the private sector fair and inclusive, in improving general conditions and in developing suitable funding structures. Right from the offset, we have been pursuing viable vocational education strategies that impart the right skills for dynamic economic development in a practical and needs-based manner. We are working with the international digital economy to tap into comparative advantages and boost economic activity.


Orange Digital Centers

In the context of a development partnership with Orange, we support Orange Digital Centers (ODCs) in 14 countries in Africa and the Middle East. A uniform strategy combines training and employment promotion for adolescents and young adults in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector. In this way, the ODCs are making a valuable contribution to the digital transformation in the partner countries.

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Data Economy

These centres cooperate with technology companies to impart industry-relevant ICT knowledge. For example, a collaboration arrangement with Amazon Web Services enables people with no prior knowledge to take part in training and obtain industry certifications as a cloud practitioner. Over a period of three months, participants gain ICT skills that allow them to embark upon a career in the future-oriented ICT sector.

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Atos ICT4Inclusion Challenge

This is an innovation competition that focuses on digital inclusion and education for people with disabilities. From more than 200 applications and 10 boot camp teams, three winning teams are selected, which receive further funding for developing their solution via an Atos Accelerator.

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The Future of Work

This individual measure supports governmental, academic and civil society stakeholders in India and Rwanda in sharing knowledge and experience at regional, national and international level. The thematic focus here is on digital working platforms, business models and corporate processes such as global business outsourcing.

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Gig Economy

The Gig Economy Initiative promotes fair working conditions in the gig economy at the level of workers, platforms and policymakers. The initiative provides training and guidance for workers, supports the introduction of a fairness assessment mechanism for platforms, and advises platforms on how to improve their working conditions. The initiative also raises awareness among political stakeholders about the potential and risks of the gig economy and existing regulatory gaps.

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