Highlighting innovation and enabling exchange: With its Digital Innovation Library DW Akademie aims to underpin change with the help of digital technologies, says Petra Berner, Head of Strategy and Consulting.
More transparency, countering corruption: The advocacy organization "Follow the Money" from Nigeria tracks national aid funding. It's one of the projects presented in the Digital Innovation Library
What are you hoping to achieve with the Digital Innovation Library?
Petra Berner: Inspiration, communication and interconnectedness. There are so many interesting projects, large and small, that achieve amazing things, but that other organizations and institutions know nothing about. This is more often the case with digital projects, as they evolve at a faster pace. Other projects in the North as well as in the South can learn a lot from them - from their successes, and also from their problems. It would be wonderful if the Library were to become a good source of information in this regard, and would facilitate a lively exchange of knowledge and ideas.
You are presenting a total of 16 projects from 13 countries. How did these individual projects and initiatives attract your attention?
Research and feedback from colleagues on the ground. The subject has engaged us for a long time already and the projects were featured on our #mediadev platform. Ultimately, we also rely on information, feedback and ideas from the various regions when it comes to our own digital strategy -which is currently under intense discussion in DW Akademie. What was important for us, was to find examples of projects and initiatives that demonstrated added value in our key thematic areas. In the digital world we have to find new definitions for freedom of expression and access to information - without digital inclusion, there's no freedom of expression.
Which project particularly surprised you?
I was once again surprised and impressed by how simply and quickly different opportunities for participation, interactivity and public information become available to people.
Take "Africa check" for example, a portal from South Africa that allows citizens to verify the statements made by politicians.
Or the impressive initiatives from Latin America.
Do you already have plans for a phase two?