The annual ICT4D Conferences have proven to be an invaluable opportunity for NGOs, private sector organizations, universities, governmental agencies and foundations to share their experience in using ICT to increase the impact of development programs and to learn from each other.  In 2016, 715 individuals from 76 countries and 301 private sector and public sector and civil society explored the ways to harness the full power of digital solutions to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  Our thanks to Accenture, Catholic Relief Services, Esri, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, iMerit Technology Services, Inmarsat, IS Solutions, Making All Voices Count, Mercy Corps, Microsoft, NetHope, Oxfam, Pandexio, Qualcom Wireless Reach, RTI International, SimbaNet and World Vision for making that possible.

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Thursday, May 19 • 11:30 - 12:15
ICT for Peaceful and Inclusive Societies - How to Use Technological Innovations for Good Governance and Human Rights? LIMITED

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eGovernance approaches in German Development cooperation
Chances and risks of ICT for strengthening good governance are highly debated in government, civil society and business both in our developed and developing countries. eGovernance is one key area when thinking about innovations in supporting good governance, with eGovernment as one tool to improve the administrative performance and eParticipation as a method to transform political participation and increase the constructive dialogue between state and citizens. With the adoption of the SDGs finally the importance of good governance as an enabler of change has been internationally recognized. With the inclusion of goal 16 for peaceful and inclusive societies the focus on good governance and human rights has increased. This chance to boost the engagement in this sector needs to be taken, but it will also be more observed than ever and needs to deliver more visible results. Understanding the risks and chances of ICT and using the latter to foster the engagement of the international community and our partner countries is absolutely necessary.
Germany has presented a systematic whole-of government approach with a Digital Agenda. One main area of the Agenda is supporting an innovative state and increasing digitalization in the administration. The Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development BMZ is taking this topic serious and will specify in an own agenda what digitalization means for the approaches and activities of the German development cooperation. Governance and human rights aspects are foreseen to take a prominent position in this framework and shall give clear indications on how to integrate the chances and opportunities of digitalization.


Katharina Hild

Policy Advisor on Good Governance, GIZ/BMZ Advisory Programme
GIZ/ BMZ Advisory Programme on Good Governance

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Ibraheem Sanusi

Deputy Head, African Governance Architecture Secretariat, African Union Commission, GIZ
Through the citizen engagement work which he leads, the AU launched the ‘DGTrends’ – Democratic Governance Trends which aims to broaden African citizen’s engagement with the Africa Union Organs and Institutions with democratic governance mandates. Since 2013 till date, the... Read More →

Thursday May 19, 2016 11:30 - 12:15 EAT
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