Innovation factory – global partnerships for promoting digital innovations for sustainable development

Project description

Title: Innovation factory – global partnerships for promoting digital innovations for sustainable development
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Germany
Lead executing agency: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Overall term: 2018 to 2021

ICT4Women

Context

By adopting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the international community has expressed its conviction that global challenges can only be resolved by working together. Global forms and formats of partnership-based cooperation are the key to achieving this. If this cooperation aims to achieve transformative shifts, it is referred to as a multi-stakeholder partnership. By using information and communication technologies (ICT), cooperation networks working on the goals of the 2030 Agenda can act faster, more transparently and with greater reach. Digital innovations can be significant drivers of sustainable development, as they improve access to knowledge, education and the labour market, for example. They streamline communication and create opportunities for new business ideas. The importance of digital innovation is therefore explicitly emphasised in four of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The rapid development and spread of digital technologies are opening up political, social and economic structures all over the world. The partner countries are Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Mexico and Senegal.

ICT4Climate

Objective

Global multi-stakeholder partnerships and other cooperation networks use digital innovations for sustainable development.

ICT4Migration

Approach

The innovation factory focuses on three different areas of action:

Developing and evolving cross-regional cooperation networks for digital innovations

Creating the conditions for global networking of cooperation networks

Creating the conditions for developing digital innovations. The cooperation networks develop digital innovations for sustainable development and share ideas across regions.

Another important part of the project is the organisation of ideas competitions, giving rise to digital innovations in the areas of ICT4women, ICT4migration and ICT4climate. The focus here is on enhancing and applying the resulting digital innovations, thus also contributing to achieving objectives.