Data offers the potential to promote sustainable development in GIZ's partner countries. Through the competent use and evaluation of data, processes can be supported sustainably and efficiently. For example, poverty reduction measures can be implemented in a more targeted manner and the effectiveness of interventions can be better verified.
However, the increasing availability of data as a result of advancing digitalization is also a major challenge and creates risks that must be managed through appropriate regulations and frameworks. The misuse and abuse of data can violate the digital rights of individuals and entire population groups.
Therefore, data protection, transparency as well as the right to privacy are guiding principles in development cooperation projects. Growing geopolitical importance and commercial interests also pose particular challenges to the fair and responsible use of data. In addition, there are biases or gaps in data sets that can widen the digital divide between groups of people or regions through their use in algorithms or in automated analyses.
GIZ aims to increase the impact of data and reduce existing inequalities by supporting governments in partner countries to develop sovereign strategies and build local ecosystems through deliberate and targeted collaborations. This should increase the use and impact of data and reduce existing inequalities.
This requires open and standardized processes, an efficient infrastructure, cross-organizational collaboration, competent experts, and social and political framework conditions.