Edwin Kamar is the Deputy Auditor General of Kenya. As part of an effort to increase transparency and accountability in the public sector, his team is currently developing a mobile application to track the use of public funds.
In October 2022, Kamar, five of his colleagues, and three civil society representatives travelled to Ghana as part of a study visit facilitated by the African Union – European Union (AU-EU) Digital for Development (D4D) Hub project to learn from the West African country’s experience connecting with citizens through digital tools.
Khaled El-Attar is Egypt’s Deputy Minister for Administrative and Digital Transformation. In May 2022, he led a delegation of Egyptian officials who travelled to Estonia to present their country’s experience digitalising public service delivery and to learn from other African and European e-governance journeys. Egypt was one of seven African countries that participated at the e-Governance Conference 2022 supported by the AU-EU D4D Hub project.
Like El-Attar and Kamar, over 500 government officials, civil society representatives, experts, and entrepreneurs have already participated in knowledge sharing activities organised by the AU-EU D4D Hub. Through study visits and workshops, the project supports policymakers and actors of the digital ecosystem to learn and apply good practices and lessons learned on a wide range of topics, from e-governance to data protection.
Since its launch in December 2020, the project has already implemented knowledge sharing activities in Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana, Senegal, Egypt, and Benin.
Digital technologies offer unlimited opportunities to promote sustainable and inclusive development, and the COVID-19 pandemic made evident the importance of accelerating the digital transition to build resilient economies and societies. As such, promoting a human-centric digital transformation is of the main objectives of the Global Gateway strategy, and has become one of the key sectors of Africa-Europe cooperation.
Through the AU-EU D4D Hub project, the EU and its Member States are responding to a growing demand from partner countries for opportunities to learn from different digital transformation journeys and to share practical experiences in the implementation of digital strategies.
In November 2022, the AU-EU D4D Hub launched D4D Access, a new online platform that centralises, promotes, and disseminates good practices and lessons on digital for development (D4D).
D4D Access is open to all African and European organisations to share and access useful resources such as reports, case studies, webinar recordings, online courses, and expert analysis.
This easy-to-use tool leverages digital technologies to increase the impact of the project’s knowledge sharing activities and reach a broader number of stakeholders in both continents.
D4D Access already contains more than 70 knowledge products from more than 15 organisations, representing international organisations, civil society, think tanks, and government institutions. Interested organisations are encouraged to share their knowledge products, contributions can be done directly on the platform.
About the project
The African Union – European Union (AU-EU) Digital for Development (D4D) Hub supports African institutions to create an enabling environment for an inclusive and sustainable digital transformation. The project provides demand-driven technical assistance, promotes knowledge sharing, and facilitates multi-stakeholder dialogues.
The AU-EU D4D Hub is a Team Europe project, co-funded by the European Union and jointly implemented by Enabel, GIZ, Expertise France, AFD, LuxDev, the MFA Estonia, e-Governance Academy and ITL. It is part of the D4D Hub, an EU-led platform that creates and leverages partnerships to shape a sustainable digital future worldwide.
Author: Ahtziri Gonzalez