Digital Innovation Made in Africa - Exhibition and Summer Reception


On 25 June GIZ welcomed partner and guest at its Brussels Representation to look back at a remarkable first half of 2018 and to toast to what still lies ahead. The evening started with digital insights: The exhibition ‘Digital Innovation Made in Africa’, showcased innovative digital solutions to development challenges on the continent in the framework of the ‘Make-IT in Africa’ programme. The programme is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by GIZ. As no digital innovation can take place without connectivity, the Internet Society also illustrated possibilities for providing internet even in remote areas.

The innovative exchanges of around 100 guest continued in the garden by listening to world music from the ensemble Èclats and enjoying a Syrian mezze buffet from Our House Project, a non-profit organization aiming to help refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants starting their lives in Belgium.

The guests enjoyed the exhibition.
GIZ welcomed around 100 partners and friends.
Marjeta Jager, DG DEVCO, opened the exhibition and outlined the importance of digitalization.
The exhibiton presented innovative, digital solutions and start ups from diverse countries in Africa.
Jan Schwaab, Head of Project "Make IT in Africa", Tanja Gönner, Chair of the Management Board of GIZ and Maarit Palovirta, Internet Society.
Around 20 images and projects were presented.
Guest enjoying the exhibition.
The exchange continued in the garden...
...with delicious food from "Our House Project"...
...a non-profit organization helping refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants.
A toast to the first half of 2018.
The ensemble Èclats presented World Music.
More impressions from the summer reception...
...with good talks...
... and rhythm. All pictures copyright: GIZ.