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News from SET Project

The "Sustainability, Entrepreneurship and Global Digital Transformation" (SET) research group has set itself the goal of addressing issues relating to digitalisation, particularly in the global South. Through the inclusion of social needs and effective stakeholder communication; future-oriented, sustainable and locally sensitive approaches will be developed in nine countries. With a particular focus on the topics of entrepreneurship, the future of work, and issues of AI in connection with sustainability and climate protection, HIIG is working with local stakeholders to build application-oriented expertise.

This news ticker gives ongoing updates on everything that happens in our research sprints, studies and at our events in the different countries. For a better overview, it is divided into the project's two thematic focal points - entrepreneurship and climate.

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Moritz Timm

Researcher & Project Coordinator

About the project

With a particular focus on the topics of entrepreneurship, the future of work, and issues of AI in connection with sustainability and climate protection, HIIG is working with local stakeholders to build application-oriented expertise.

Entrepneurship

Recent updates

21.09.

KE:D

Do you know of fascinating and interesting digitalisation projects?

The Knowledge Exchange :// Digitalisation (KE:D) hub will open soon and is looking for its first cases. Become a part of the place to go for exploring digitalisation projects. Cases will be selected by 31 October. Help us build a place to learn!

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30.08.

Mexico

Research Sprint: Application deadline extended

You can still apply to be part of our research sprint on “Green Technology, Entrepreneurship & Climate! The deadline has been extended until September 7th!

The research sprint “Green Technology, Entrepreneurship & Climate” will concentrate on the development and adoption of green technologies for the energy sector of the global south with a focus on Vietnam.

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08.08.

Mexico

Research Sprint: Call for Participation at GreenTech-Research Sprint in Vietnam

The research sprint “Green Technology, Entrepreneurship & Climate” will concentrate on promoting the deployment of green technologies in Vietnam to cope with climate change.

Apply until 29th August to work on the development and adoption of green technologies for the energy sector in the global south with a focus on challenges like the shortage of aspiring entrepreneurs and investments in the sector. 

The interdisciplinary research sprint will take place virtually from 24 October to 30 November 2022, with a final week on site in Vietnam.

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26.07.

Ghana

Panel Discussion: The future of online labour markets and regulation of the platform economy

In this panel discussion, we will present the results of a research sprint on sustainable digital economies. Our international participants looked into the opportunities and challenges of online labour markets in Ghana and Kenya. The event will take place on 26 July in Accra, Ghana. You can sign up via our website now.

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25.07.

Ghana

MSD: Policies towards fairer online gig-work

The multi-stakeholder dialogue is associated with the research sprint on skill polarisation in online labour markets. It will bring together relevant stakeholders and policy makers to discuss the findings of the research sprint and possible policy implications for the online labour economy in Ghana and Kenya. The multi-stakeholder dialogue will take place on 25 July in Accra, Ghana. Admittance is by invitation only.

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21.07.

Ghana

The closing week of our research sprint begins today!

After 8 weeks of exploring and investigating, our research sprint on fair online platform work ends with an exciting closing week in Accra, Ghana, where the fellows will finally meet in person. 

From today on various meetings and site visits are planned, ending with a multi-stakeholder dialogue and a panel discussion on monday and tuesday next week where the findings of the sprint will be discussed. 

Find out more about the programm of the closing week on our website:

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07.07.

Benin

Panel Discussion: AI for Social Good?

In early July, panellists will discuss the opportunities and risks of applying Artificial Intelligence in sustainable entrepreneurship in Benin and Francophone West and Central Africa. The panel will consist of three to four local experts from the realm of academia, entrepreneurship and policy making. The stakeholders will discuss challenges as well as strategies and actions to promote sustainable digital entrepreneurship in the region. The panel discussion will take place on 7 July in Cotonou, Benin.

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06.07.

Benin

MSD: Sustainable Digital Entrepreneurship in Africa

In early July, a multi-stakeholder dialogue will bring together relevant stakeholders to capture the status quo of sustainable digital entrepreneurship in Benin and Francophone West and Central Africa. Stakeholders will discuss challenges as well as strategies and measures to promote sustainable digital entrepreneurship in the region. The multi-stakeholder dialogue will take place on 6 July in Cotonou, Benin.

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01.06.

Ghana

Research Sprint: Kick off on fair online platform work

This research sprint within the Sustainability, Entrepreneurship and Global Digital Transformation project is taking place online with a finishing week in Accra, Ghana. The sprint aims at informing Ghanian policy regarding gig work and the platforms that broker it. Questions are: How can platform work in Africa be shaped sustainably? How do platforms need to be regulated? What role does fairness play in regulation and the exchange between different interest groups?

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01.05.

Benin

Call for Proposals now open

Call for Proposals for new study on “Promoting Sustainable Digital Entrepreneurship in Francophone West and Central Africa”. The study will focus on the contextual (e.g., institutional, social, and technological) barriers to sustainable digital entrepreneurship. The study will be conducted in French.

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Climate

Recent updates

21.09.

KE:D

Do you know of fascinating and interesting digitalisation projects?

The Knowledge Exchange :// Digitalisation (KE:D) hub will open soon and is looking for its first cases. Become a part of the place to go for exploring digitalisation projects. Cases will be selected by 31 October. Help us build a place to learn!

More information

19.09.

Kosovo

5.10. – Public Presentation of spatial transformation study

On 5 October, a public presentation of the study by the architectural colllective Octagon on the sustainable spatial transformation of the Innovation and Training Park (ITP) Prizren will take place at the ITP. To participate, you can sign up via our website now.

The event will be held in English with an Albanian simultaneous translation. Please find the Albanian version here.

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30.08.

Vietnam

Call for Participation: Application deadline extended

You can still apply to be part of our research sprint on “Green Technology, Entrepreneurship & Climate! The deadline has been extended until September 7th!

The research sprint “Green Technology, Entrepreneurship & Climate” will concentrate on promoting the deployment of green technologies in Vietnam to cope with climate change.

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08.08.

Vietnam

Research Sprint: Call for Participation now online!

The research sprint “Green Technology, Entrepreneurship & Climate” will concentrate on promoting the deployment of green technologies in Vietnam to cope with climate change.

Apply until 29th August to work on the development and adoption of green technologies for the energy sector in the global south with a focus on challenges like the shortage of aspiring entrepreneurs and investments in the sector. 

The interdisciplinary research sprint will take place virtually from 24 October to 30 November 2022, with a final week on site in Vietnam.

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03.06.

Kosovo

MSD: Innovation and Training Park Prizren

The “Innovation and Training Park (ITP)” Prizren, a former operating base of the German contingent of the NATO-led peacekeeping mission in Kosovo (KFOR) is located on the edge of Prizren, the second largest city and cultural centre of Kosovo. Within the next few years, the ITP Prizren aims to become the regional hub for entrepreneurship innovation, business and skills development, and a source of creative and sustainable ideas.

To collect initial data and viewpoints for the study the Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue in June 2022 aims to sensitise park stakeholders for the possibilities of the ITP. Stakeholders include academia, entrepreneurial groups, the education community as well as civil society, alongside local policy makers. The goal is to improve the involvement and access of the city and its inhabitants to the ITP, unleashing its full potential for Prizren’s communities. 

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25.05.

Indonesia

Study: Digital solutions to tackle questions around rainforest protection and climate resilience

The call for proposals for the study on digital technology, climate resilience and rainforest protection is open! The study will focus on Indonesia and Southeast Asia. You can still send in your applications here until 20 June 2022.

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09.05.

Kosovo

Study: Sustainable and Adaptable Building Transformation for Digital Innovation Quarters

The study aims to present how digitalisation can enable resource-saving redevelopment in the sense of circular construction in the “Innovation and Training Park” (ITP) Prizren, Kosovo.  The architect’s office “Octagon” was chosen to renew the ITP complex because of their progessive work in the field of urban and area development. The study is scheduled to be released later this year.

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