Digital transformation is a game changer: it changes the framework conditions, provides networking beyond borders and opens up new avenues for action. This has proven especially relevant during the coronavirus pandemic and will remain so after it. After all, fair access to, and secure use of, data are key factors for viable business models and sustainable development. The task of international cooperation (DC) is to shape digitalisation in a fair and responsible way. GIZ imparts technological knowledge. It advises ministries in partner countries with high data protection demands on data protection and supports them in developing laws and framework conditions for a value-based digital economy and society – and in implementing them.
Digital literacy for projects and staff
Digitalisation also offers many opportunities for GIZ as a company active worldwide. Mobile work was already part of GIZ’s modern work culture before the outbreak of the coronavirus. It enables more flexibility in daily work, simplifies cross-border cooperation and allows uninterrupted project work even under difficult conditions. Virtual meetings and online events using digital communication tools will continue to shape how we work and international cooperation in general after the pandemic.
Accordingly, GIZ continues to focus on digital solutions, digital upskilling and technology partnerships for further development. IT security and staff-wide digital literacy are key to securing the opportunities the future holds. This investment is already paying off and will continue to do so after the pandemic.