Master of Public Policy  

Digital transformation in development cooperation

Digital transformation is both an opportunity and a challenge to make development cooperation more efficient and sustainable. Development cooperation today can utilise a large variety of digital technologies and data to improve their work and facilitate digital development in partner countries, e.g. building digital literacy and supporting digital transformation in public administrations. However, they also need to better understand the broader implications and challenges of digital technologies and develop adequate approaches and programmes to support and accompany the digital transformation in their partner countries.

In order to fully use the potential of the digital transformation and at the same time address the challenges the German Development Agency GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH) has recently launched “digital flagship projects” addressing key challenges of digital transformation in the developing world.

This project course is organised in collaboration with the GIZ and representatives of different digital flagship projects. Students will take a closer look at selected challenges of digital transformation covered by these flagship projects (e.g. gig economy and fair work, digital building blocks to accelerate digital government services, AI policy and digital skills/capacity building). In groups of 4-5, students will contribute to these flagship projects by conducting research and providing new insights for these programs which can be translated into policy advice.

This course is for 1st year MPP students only.


  • Gerhard Hammerschmid , Professor of Public and Financial Management | Director, Centre for Digital Governance