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Digitalisation, Entrepreneurship & Climate

As part of the Global digital knowledge community project, a team of researchers at HIIG, in cooperation with GIZ, is supporting the scientific development and focus of the Digital Transformation Centers (DTCs) of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), which are being established worldwide. For this purpose, studies and research sprints on topics such as digital technologies for climate-resilient development, sustainable business models, as well as labor organization and regulatory issues in the platform economy are developed in particular.

By means of various exchange formats such as multi-stakeholder dialogues and public transfer events, the findings are discussed and application-oriented recommendations for action are formulated together with local partners and stakeholders. In particular, international scientific cooperation (e.g. with the Network of Centers) and local networks are to be promoted and a global learning community established.

The digital centers are part of the BMZ’s development policy efforts, which are currently being established in various countries worldwide as part of a global umbrella project. In these centers, the potentials of digitization for areas such as infrastructure, economy, labor, human rights and climate are to be developed together with local actors in the partner countries and prototypes and model projects are to be promoted. The centers are a central component in the implementation of the BMZ’s digitization strategy, are financed by the BMZ, and are implemented by GIZ.

Duration11/2021 – 04/2023
FundingGesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)


Christian Grauvogel

Dialogue & Knowledge Transfer | Project Coordinator

Moritz Timm

Researcher | Project Coordinator

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