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BMZ digilab

Out of the familiar – into the new digilab

Digital technologies help to achieve global development goals more efficiently and effectively. The digilab of German development cooperation offers a space and framework for developing new ideas and solutions, together with a strong network of politicians, tech companies, start-ups, civil society and academia. With modern tools and methods, we want to help shape sustainable development cooperation.

With an agile way of working, we will test solutions – even if they are not yet fully developed and are still in the prototype stage. This way, potential for improvement can be identified very quickly and the learning effect is great.

With the interdisciplinary digilab, we are strengthening the innovative power of the BMZ and driving forward the effective, fair and responsible use of digital innovations in German development cooperation.

The BMZ digilab makes innovative ideas fly

The BMZ digilab specifically addresses a gap in the innovation process of German development cooperation. So far, only a few innovative project ideas have made it to the stage of concrete BMZ measures. Project concepts or prototypes often remained stuck at the idea stage. In digilab, the interest of the relevant technical and regional departments in the BMZ is now at the beginning of the process. In addition, the design thinking method requires a deep engagement with the user perspective, which is central to German development cooperation.

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Scaling innovations together

The Corona Shock has weighed heavily on developing countries. In response to the crisis, the #SmartDevelopmentHack was launched in spring 2020 by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the European Commission (EC). Watch our aftermovie here and learn more.

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If you also have ideas on how we can improve our development cooperation with digital solutions or are simply curious about digilab, then simply write us an email.

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