Digital Policy

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Digital policy can promote digital transformation in partner regions and countries, but it can also hinder it. If it is sustainably oriented and focuses on the common good, suitable framework conditions can be created for value-based and people-oriented development that at the same time promotes economic development and leaves room for innovation. In the course of the digital transformation, GIZ promotes an inclusive society that is built on shared core values and leaves no one behind.

 

Decision-makers around the world are faced with the task of assessing and shaping the impact of the digital transformation on individuals and society as a whole, as well as in relation to environmental issues, economic development, and social cohesion. In partner countries of international cooperation, the lack of data, professional-technical capacities or reference cases often hinders sustainable and inclusive digital policy and regulation. There is also the problem that political and legal decisions cannot always be implemented to the extent envisaged because corresponding regulatory authorities lack mandates, technical resources or funding opportunities.

At the same time, the increase in regulations - in addition to the constant danger of overregulation - also harbors risks with regard to human rights, such as potential restrictions on freedom of expression or assembly, the right to information, or various forms of discrimination. Digital technologies and services for citizens also carry the risk that not everyone will have or be able to access them equally, and that people will be left behind. Decision-makers from governments, the private sector and civil society often need support here in order to take the principle of the 2030 Agenda "Leave No One Behind (LNOB)" adequately into account and to be able to enforce it.

An important step in this sense is to know the needs of their citizens and to develop appropriate approaches. Furthermore, digital technologies are often resource-intensive, e.g. in electricity consumption or through the use of rare earths in production. Dangers to the environment and climate must be averted and mitigated - here, too, decision-makers have a special responsibility for green digital policy and regulation.

To meet these challenges and ensure a sustainable and people-centered digital transformation that leaves no one behind, GIZ supports its partner countries in advising and implementing regulations and digital policy frameworks.

As a neutral facilitator, GIZ follows an open, inclusive, and transparent approach that focuses on broad participation of different societal actors and strengthens networks and new partnerships.