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.
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.
Podcast: The last episode is out now
In the last episode of Season 2 we visit Mexico City to explore the potentials and challenges of sustainable digital entrepreneurship to mitigate climate change.
Study on regulation of digital platform work in Kenya
Kenya is at the forefront of the gig economy, with a wide range of digital platforms operating and offering workers immense opportunities for flexible, cost-effective and convenient work. This study sheds light on challenges gig workers face in Kenya such as platform’s market power concentration, a lack of codified worker’s rights or women facing disadvantages on the job market due to gender-based factors. You can download the study now!
Explore Kenya’s gig work world in new podcast episode
The 3rd episode of our podcast brings us to Kenya. Find out which opportunities gig work can offer and what gig workers demand from their employers and policy makers to achieve a fair and socially-just gig economy.
Our first podcast episode is here!
In the new season of Exploring digital spheres we follow our researchers to five countries that were part of the SET project travels. First up is Benin! Find out how digitalisation is used to improve the agricultural sector and the livelihoods of rice farmers.
Online discussion about e-government in Morocco
On 17 March, international experts from the United Kingdom, Colombia and Estonia, will meet with Moroccan policy representatives for an online roundtable discussion. The discussion will focus on the question: “How can we accelerate the production and adoption of E-government services in Morocco?”
MSD on Digital Entrepreneurship for Climate
On February 13, this multi-stakeholder dialogue will explore the potential of digital entrepreneurship to mitigate climate change in Mexico. Beginning with the presentations of findings of the research sprint “Green Technology, Entrepreneurship & Climate” we organised in November in close cooperation with the Digital Transformation Center Mexico, the MSD aims to initiate an in-depth discussion amongst experts working at the intersection of climate change and (digital) entrepreneurship. This event will be held in Spanish.
Towards a Fairer Online Platform Economy
On November 9th we will hold a two-part event in Nairobi, Kenya on Workers’ Rights and Platforms’ Responsibility. The first part of the event consists of an invitation-only multi-stakeholder dialogue with a focus on labour rights in the platform economy. The second part will be a public panel discussion of renowned experts on the challenges and opportunities towards a sustainable regulation of Kenya’s online labour markets. You are invited to join on site or via livestream!
Digitalisation Hub: Call for Cases extended!
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 and share your case with us now! The application deadline has just been extended until 30 November!
Research Sprint: Kick Off
Our Research Sprint on Green Technologies, Entrepreneurship & Climate starts today. For the next 7 weeks, 12 Fellows from different countries will work together to explore the green technology ecosystem in the Global South, with a focus on Vietnam. Learn more about the project and the Fellows:
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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!
New podcast episode: Digital rainforest protection in Indonesia
The fourth episode of the second season of Exploring Digital Spheres leads us into the rainforest of Indonesia. How are digital technologies used on site and which (digital) skills are taught to contribute to rainforest protection and preservation?
Study: Digital solutions for rainforest protection in Indonesia
The latest study conducted within the framework of the SET project explores how technology is currently used in relation to climate change and rainforest protection in Indonesia. Its focus is on ensuring Open Access to various data (e.g. from satellites), improving digital literacy & funding for tech-based rainforest conservation projects.
New study – Towards a hub for innovation, economic development and digital transformation
This urban design study was conducted by Octagon Architekturkollektiv and provides a strategy for the sustainable spatial transformation of the Innovation and Training Park (ITP) Prizren, Kosovo. The study investigates the ITP’s spatial potential and possibilities for how the park can be redeveloped by transforming the existing infrastructure and increasing its accessibility for the city and the wider region.
2nd Podcast-Episode: Exploring Kosovo’s sustainable spatial developments
In the second episode of the new season of Exploring digital spheres we shine a light on the International Training Park Prizren (ITP) in Kosovo, an aspiring hub for innovation and economic development in the region. What does it need to transform a former military camp into an innovative ecosystem for civil society?
The final report from our research sprint is here
Green technologies are central to mitigating climate change. But how can their adoption be promoted? To answer these questions, eleven international and interdisciplinary fellows collaborated in the research sprint “Green-Tech, Entrepreneurship & Climate”. Now the final report of the research sprint has been published, which explores the economic, institutional, social and technological challenges for digital entrepreneurship in Vietnam’s greentech sector.
MSD: Using Artificial Intelligence for Sustainability
On February 14, a multi-stakeholder dialogue on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to promote sustainability goals will take place in Mexico City. Particular focus will be placed on the promise and the perils of using AI to address issues such as biodiversity loss. The event will be held in Spanish.
Livestream from Indonesia now available
Those who were not able to attend our event in Jakarta, Indonesia on 13.12.2022 now have the opportunity to follow the panel discussion we had on the possibilities of technology-based rainforest protection. The livestream is available with English translation and in the original version in Bahasa Indonesian.
MSD & Panel Discussion: Digital Technology for Rainforest Protection
On 13 December, we are organising a multi-stakeholder dialogue and public panel discussion in Jakarta, Indonesia. The discussion will focus on the growing importance of digital technologies for sustainable rainforest and climate protection and the challenges related to their potential deployment and use. A recording of the panel discussion with english translation will be uploaded to the event page after the event.
End of the Closing week at the GEFE conference
On the 30th November we will host a multi-stakeholder dialogue and a panel discussion on “Green Technology, Digital Entrepreneurship and Climate” as part of the Green Economy Forum & Exhibition (GEFE) in Ho Chi Minh City. These two events also mark the end of our 7 weeks-long research sprint with our 12 international fellows.
Event at Goethe Institute in Hanoi
On 25 November, our team and our research sprint fellows are invited to the Goethe Institute in Hanoi to discuss the opportunities and challenges of green technologies and their use for climate change mitigation in Vietnam with various stakeholders.