Global partnerships for promoting digital innovations for sustainable development

Project description

Title: Innovation factory II – global partnerships for promoting digital innovations for sustainable development
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Co-funded by: European Union (EU)
Country: Global, countries of assignment: Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Mexico, Senegal
Lead executing agency: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Overall term: 2018 to 2021



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. Actors from the public sector, the academic community, business and civil society must work systematically on innovative solutions and network with one another to achieve this. Information and communication technologies (ICT) offer opportunities and solutions for sustainable development around the world. In particular, digital innovations, methods and approaches can help us to achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda more quickly, more efficiently and more cost-effectively. They can also be significant drivers of sustainable development, opening doors to knowledge, education and the labour market, improving and simplifying communication and creating opportunities for new business ideas. When they are used in health care or education, for example, digital innovations can help improve living conditions, especially those of disadvantaged social groups. They also have the potential to assist with realising climate goals.



Global multi-stakeholder partnerships and other cooperation networks develop and use digital innovations to promote development in selected pilot countries.



The project develops existing cooperation networks for digital innovations and works to create new ones. The project also lays the foundations for global networking of cooperation networks. A third focus for action is improving the conditions for developing digital innovations. As such, the project promotes a structured and long-term global exchange on digital innovations for sustainable development. It should be emphasised that, unlike various intergovernmental projects, this is about a global exchange of knowledge and regional networking.

The pilot countries of Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Mexico and Senegal and German actors are the main parties involved. Cooperation networks, including the multi-stakeholder partnerships, develop and trial digital innovations for sustainable development and share ideas across regions. The project helps to promote expert discussion amongst selected development cooperation actors in order to better utilise the potential of digital technologies.

The project aims to facilitate communication about problems, needs and positive experiences between the national networks involved. In the next stage, the networks will adapt current and new solutions to country-specific backgrounds. The project also intends to implement them in a pilot phase, laying the foundations for rolling out solutions on an international level. 

There are two combined financing arrangements with the European Union (Horizon 2020, the research and innovation programme). 

An intelligent bee monitoring and management service is developed primarily through the combined financing arrangement with SAMS (Smart Apiculture Management Services). Through this service, the GIZ project is strengthening international partnerships with selected countries and regions which mainly have low and medium income levels. These are primarily countries in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as countries in the ASEAN region. 

The second combined financing arrangement with DiBiCoo (Digital Global Biogas Cooperation) helps markets in developing countries and emerging economies prepare for sustainable biogas technologies from Europe. This is achieved by developing and applying digital and non-digital support tools and measures. Country-specific technologies are developed for import markets and current solutions are adapted. The goal is to promote technologies for renewable energies and increase their use in target countries.

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