Digital Strategy

Goal 5: Data for development

Data provide information on how growing cities can be better planned and organised. They warn us of impending droughts or flooding. In future, we want to use data to better inform the population, business and politics, enable the more targeted advancement of sustainable development and make the effects measurable.

Germany will contribute its expertise as a world leader in data protection and help its partner countries establish and implement data protection standards. Data protection is a trademark, a competitive advantage and a value that we stand for.

How will this be supported?

The use of data for development demands better collection, processing and evaluation of the data on site. This requires capacities in our partner countries to be supported and access to digital data to be improved. For example, the evaluation of satellite data holds great potential for improving agricultural value chains. The mapping of forest areas with a high conservation value and forest monitoring via aerial photograph creates transparency and improves the monitoring possibilities.

In addition, the targeted and efficient evaluation of these volumes of data can be assisted by artificial intelligence. Artificial intelligence (AI) refers to computer programs that can automatically identify interrelationships, make decisions and learn. AI applications first need to be developed and trained with large volumes of data in order to, for example, independently translate languages or predict changes in the climate and health segment. The German development cooperation “Künstliche Intelligenz für Alle – FAIR Forward” (Artificial Intelligence for All – FAIR Forward) initiative is working to ensure the more open and sustainable development and use of artificial intelligence.

FAIR Forward

The German Development Cooperation initiative “FAIR Forward – Artificial Intelligence for All” strives for a more open, inclusive and sustainable approach to AI on an international level. To achieve this, we are working together with five partner countries: Ghana, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda and India.

FAIR Forward – Artificial Intelligence for All

We promote the use of open data to give citizens greater control over data and to give companies access to anonymised public data for their business ideas and models. Locally collected data should benefit the population as well as local companies and support local innovations and value creation.

In many partner countries, a lack of data security and a lack of data protection are the greatest obstacle to the better use of the data. Without laws on the protection of personal data, people rightly fear that their data could be misused. We are therefore working to improve government data infrastructure that, together with an appropriate regulatory framework, creates digital certainty for both people and companies. We want to anchor data protection in the regulatory framework in our partner countries. We support national regulators, such as central banks and finance ministries, in the development of data protection standards in the finance sector and use international forums (e.g. G20) to disseminate this information.