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Digitalisation and Sustainable Entrepreneurship

How can the digital world of work in the global South be shaped sustainably? What role does fairness play in regulation and the exchange between different interest groups? "Digitalisation and Entrepreneurship" identifies approaches to solutions for the challenges of (de)regulation in order to enable a socially just gig economy. Together with local partners, the following stakeholder levels are involved on site in several countries: Employees, platform operators and policy makers. The research project is part of the research group Sustainability, Entrepreneurship and global digital Transformation.

Research formats & knowledge transfer

Based on the results of a Research Sprint and a related study, multi-stakeholder dialogues and public events will be held in cooperation with Digital Transformation Centers (DTCs) of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in selected countries. In this way, knowledge networks are strengthened locally and expanded by linking them with other international partners. In addition, local specifics, opportunities and risks are recorded and taken into account.

 

Multi-Stakeholder dialogue: Sustainable Digital Entrepreneurship in Africa

6th July 2022

The MSD offers the opportunity to discuss the challenges for sustainable digital entrepreneurship in Benin and Francophone West and Central Africa in general. The goal is to develop best practices to address these challenges.

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Panel discussion: AI for Social Good?

7th July 2022

In this public event, panellists will discuss the opportunities and risks of applying Artificial Intelligence in sustainable entrepreneurship in Benin and Francophone West and Central Africa. 

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NoC study presentation: Promoting Sustainable Digital Entrepreneurship in Francophone West and Central Africa

November 2022

Research on challenges to sustainable digital entrepreneurship in Benin with a focus on developing strategies for entrepreneurs to overcome these challenges.

Multi-stakeholder dialogue: Digital Entrepreneurship

6th July 2022

The MSD offers the opportunity to discuss the challenges for sustainable digital entrepreneurship in Benin and Francophone West and Central Africa in general. The goal is to develop best practices to address these challenges.

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Public Event: Digital Entrepreneurship

7th July 2022

In this public event, panellists will discuss the opportunities and risks of applying Artificial Intelligence in sustainable entrepreneurship in Benin and Francophone West and Central Africa. 

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The DTCs Niger and Cameroon are involved in the formats. DTC officials from the two countries will participate in the Benin events.

NoC study presentation: Promoting Sustainable Digital Entrepreneurship in Francophone West and Central Africa

November 2022

Research on challenges to sustainable digital entrepreneurship in Benin with a focus on developing strategies for entrepreneurs to overcome these challenges.

Research sprint: Sustainable digital economies

31st May - 17th July

During the six weeks of the Research Sprint, the interdisciplinary researchers will explore questions such as how platform work can be shaped sustainably in Africa and what role fairness plays in regulation and exchange between different stakeholders.

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Multi-stakeholder dialogue: Work organisation of the future

25th July 2022

The MSD will present the results of the research sprint to stakeholders. The aim is to discuss these findings and possible conclusions for the online labor market in sub-Saharan Africa using Ghana and Kenya as case studies.

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Public Event: The future of online labour markets and regulation of the platform economy

26th 2022 

A panel discussion on how to create marketable and sustainable labor conditions for workers on online platforms that take worker protections and participation in the global labor market into account.

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Study presentation: Polarisation of remote work

January 2023

The study results aim to show how online work can be redesigned in a sustainable and inclusive way. The focus lies on the specific requirements of the economies in Ghana and Kenya.

Research Sprint: Sustainable digital economies

31st May - 17th July 2022

During the six weeks of the Research Sprint, the interdisciplinary researchers will explore questions such as how platform work can be shaped sustainably in Africa and what role fairness plays in regulation and exchange between different stakeholders.

Meet the fellows here

Multi-Stakeholder dialogue & Panel discussion: Towards a Fairer Online Platform Economy in Kenya

9th November 2022

This event is dedicated to exploring pathways for a sustainable regulation of online labour markets in Sub-Saharan Africa. The MSD will be initiated by a presentation of current research findings. The panel discussion will discuss how to shape sustainable regulation of Kenya’s online labour markets.

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NoC study presentation: Regulation of digital platforms for a socially-just gig economy in Kenya

9th November 2022

Together with the findings of the Research Sprint and the MSD, the study results are intended to identify regional best practices and guide future regulations for the platform economy in Kenya and sub-Saharan Africa.

Event: Gig Economy – Platform Perspective

March/April 2023

Multi-Stakeholder-Dialogue: Pathways towards the Adoption of AI in Morocco

January 2023

Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue: AI in the Workplace

January 2023

Event: Adopting AI

March 2023

Research Sprint: Green Technology, Entrepreneurship & Climate

October - November 2022

The goal of the research sprint is to help promote green technology startups and incubators in Vietnam specifically and in the global south more generally. Therefore, the research sprint focuses on exploring the reasons behind two persistent challenges in the Vietnamese green technology ecosystem: the shortage of aspiring entrepreneurs and the lack of investments.

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Multi-stakeholder dialogue: Digital entrepreneurship for climate

13th February 2023

This MSD will explore the potential of digital entrepreneurship in Mexico in order to mitigate climate change. The dialogue will bring together key stakeholders from Mexico’s green digital technology to take a closer look at the challenges that sustainable entrepreneurs face and pathways to overcome those challenges. 

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Multi-stakeholder dialogue: Artificial Intelligence and Sustainability

14th February 2023

This MSD will explore the deployment of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to advance sustainability goals in Mexico. The dialogue will especially focus on the promises and perils of applying AI to tackle climate change and other sustainability challenges such as the loss of biodiversity.

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Organisation of events

Panel discussion: Workers’ Rights and Platforms’ Responsibility – Towards a Fairer Online Platform Economy in Kenya
09.11.2022. PrideInn Azure Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya (International) Further information

Marie Blüml, Fabian Stephany, Moritz Timm

Panel discussion: The future of online labour markets and regulation of the platform economy
26.07.2022. Marriott Hotel, Accra, Ghana (International) Further information

Marie Blüml, Fabian Stephany, Christian Grauvogel

Multi-stakeholder dialogue: Governing a polarised market – Policies towards fairer online gig-work
25.07.2022. Marriott Hotel, Accra, Ghana (International)

Marie Blüml, Fabian Stephany, Christian Grauvogel

Panel discussion: AI for Social Good? Chances And Risks Of Applying AI In Sustainable Entrepreneurship
07.07.2022. Palais des Congrès, Cotonou, Benin (International) Further information

Georg von Richthofen, Marie Blüml, Christian Grauvogel

Multi-stakeholder dialogue: Sustainable Digital Entrepreneurship in Benin and Francophone West and Central Africa
06.07.2022. Golden Tulip Hotel, Cotonou, Benin (International) Further information

Georg von Richthofen, Marie Blüml, Christian Grauvogel

Research sprint: Sustainable Digital Economies
From 31.05.2022 to 27.07.2022. online, Accra, Ghana (International)

Katja Derichs, Ann-Kristin Ziesemer, Fabian Braesemann, Marie Blüml, Fabian Stephany, Christian Grauvogel, Moritz Timm

Funding & duration

"Digitalisation and Entrepreneurship" is part of the overarching project in cooperation with the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). HIIG supports the BMZ's Digital Transformation Centers (DTCs) as a scientific partner and carries out exchange and research formats in partner countries.

 

November 2021 – May 2023

Funded by the Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

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Contact

Georg von Richthofen, Dr.

Senior Researcher & Project Lead: Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Society

Christian Grauvogel

Head of Dialogue & Knowledge Transfer | Project Coordinator SET

Recent News from the project

24.01.

Mexico

13/02 – MSD on Digital Entrepreneurship for Climate

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09.11.

Kenya

Towards a Fairer Online Platform Economy

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