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AU-EU D4D Hub launches new knowledge sharing platform “D4D Access”

30.11.2022

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Tinssis Media/AU-EU D4D Hub

The African Union - European Union (AU-EU) Digital for Development (D4D) Hub has launched a new online platform aimed at facilitating exchanges of experiences and knowledge between African and European digital actors.

Called “D4D Access”, the platform covers a wide range of topics, from e-governance to digital entrepreneurship, and contains many useful resources to support digital stakeholders in Africa and Europe – including public institutions, donors, academia, companies, and civil society organisations – to advance an inclusive and sustainable digital transformation.

The platform was presented on 30 November at the Internet Governance Forum 2022, which is taking place at the United Nations Conference Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 28 November to 2 December. The launch was attended by representatives of African and European institutions leading the implementation of their countries’ digital transformation.

Thomas Huyghebaert, Head of Cooperation at the EU Delegation to the African Union declared: “We welcome this new tool to foster exchanges of knowledge with our African partners. Being able to access information on different experiences, lessons learned, and good practices will help us shape a digital transformation that puts people at its centre. Promoting a sustainable and inclusive digital transformation is of the main objectives of the EU Global Gateway strategy and has become one of the key sectors of Africa-Europe cooperation.”

D4D Access responds to a growing demand for opportunities to learn about other countries’ digital transformation journeys. Such demand is reflected in the report of the EU-AU Digital Economy Task Force, which informs the Africa-Europe digital cooperation strategy. Moreover, knowledge sharing on mutually agreed terms is key to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as stated in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The platform is open to all African and European organisations to share their knowledge resources on D4D, allowing them to reach new audiences, increase their visibility, host their content, and showcase their expertise. All contributions are welcome and encouraged if they align with the purpose of the platform and are relevant, insightful, and freely accessible to its target users.

D4D Access is available at: www.d4daccess.eu

About the AU-EU D4D Hub

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 dialogues.

The AU-EU D4D Hub is a Team Europe project, co-funded by the European Union and jointly implemented by eight European organisations. It is part of the D4D Hub, an EU-led platform that creates and leverages partnerships to shape a sustainable digital future worldwide.

Background on AU-EU digital cooperation

The African Union and the European Union have jointly agreed on the importance of digital technologies, data, and innovations as drivers for inclusive job creation and sustainable development. In December 2018, both parties launched the EU-AU Digital Economy Task Force aimed at identifying concrete policy recommendations and proposing concrete actions to address the principal barriers and increase cooperation in the digital field. The recommendations of the Task Force are mirrored in the AU Digital Transformation Strategy for Africa 2020 - 2030 and have guided the design of cooperation projects funded by the EU and its Member States, such as the AU-EU D4D Hub.

Press contacts

Ahtziri GONZALEZ
AU-EU D4D Hub Communications Officer
ahtziri.gonzalez@d4dhub.eu

Biruk FELEKE
Press and Information Officer, EU Delegation to the African Union
Biruk.FELEKE@eeas.europa.eu