The BMZ understands the digital transformation of the administration in developing and emerging countries as a challenge for the entire country. Together with Estonia, Smart Africa, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) and tech companies, BMZ is now promoting the establishment of standards for the most important digital applications (so-called ICT building blocks) to make citizen services more secure, citizen-oriented and affordable. To this end, all partners signed a joint declaration of intent on October 26, 2020. In a virtual ceremony, representatives of the countries and organizations launched the official partnership. The aim of the cooperation is to build a European-African platform with ICT building blocks that focus on digital sovereignty and human rights.