Innovation Factory – Global partnerships to promote digital innovation for sustainable development

The 2030 Agenda for sustainable development highlights the importance and potential of digital innovations for four of the goals set to address global challenges. Digital innovations are business ideas that offer opportunities and solutions for sustainable development through information and communication technology. They provide access to knowledge, education and the labour market, improve communication or even create opportunities for the development of new business ideas. In this way they break down political, social and economic structures and are therefore potentially transformative.

In this context, the Federal Government's Future Charter „EINEWELT – Unsere Verantwortung“ (translation: „ONE WORLD – Our Responsibility”) explicitly stipulates that international partnership and cooperation through Multi-Actor Partnerships (MAP) are essential to transformative processes. Unfortunately, global MAPs often do not coordinate their activities which hinders the progress of potential transformation. International dialogue is often not designed to stimulate joint solution development, existing knowledge is often not available to many population groups, and inefficient projects don’t have as much effect as they could. In addition, vulnerable population groups such as women and girls often lack access to what is digitally available. 

The aim of the project is therefore to increase usage of digital innovations through global MAPs and other cooperative networks across the five pilot countries (Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Mexico and Senegal). These countries are promising candidates since the conditions required for the project to be successful apply. These include the current social and economic conditions and suitability to act as transnational hubs. The political priority given to digitalisation in these countries underlines the relevance of these conditions. To this end, adelphi will conduct a series of idea competitions in the five pilot countries and support selected innovators through an accelerator program and a digital innovation academy to help them refine and further develop their business models behind the innovations. The focus here is on the sectors women entrepreneurship (ICT4Gender), climate change (ICT4Climate) and refugees and migration (ICT4Migration).

The project should follow on from the previous "Innovations workshop – realising shared solutions" project, especially in the sectors of agriculture (ICT4Agriculture; CT4Ag), health (e-Health; electronic Health) and environment (future4nature; future for nature), in order to strengthen the successful MAPs and further promote practical application of digital innovations in target countries.