Scaling innovation in an interconnected world

The #SmartDevelopmentFund refines digital solutions to counter COVID-19 challenges in and with our partner countries. We provide tech start-ups, NGOs, and social businesses with the tools they need to pioneer, scale, and accelerate their innovations successfully.

About us

Impact of the fund

#SmartDevelopmentFund
in numbers

8

Winning
Projects

39

Countries Worldwide

4M+

People
Reached

Our projects

Eight digital solutions to
counter the
impact of
COVID‑19

The #SmartDevelopmentFund is a springboard for innovative global partnerships, creating impactful and sustainable solutions at a local level.

Call
vs
Corona

Region: Madagascar, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Haiti;
Scaling to: Senegal, Tunisia, Nigeria

CallvsCorona leverages mobile solutions to provide reliable COVID-19 information to a wide general population. The project thereby closes a serious gap in access to timely crisis information and sensitization messages necessary to overcoming the global pandemic …

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Yoma

Region: South Africa, Nigeria, Burundi, Kenia, Malawi, Scaling to: Benin, Ivory Coast, Trinidad and Tobago, Serbia, Rwanda, Timor-Leste

Yoma is an online marketplace that offers on- and offline opportunities for skills development, community engagement and employment for youth. In 2020, young Africans were …

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Digital
Enquirer
Kit

Region: Brazil, Sri Lanka, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, Syria, Mauretania, Tunisia, Caribbean

The Digital Enquirer Kit aims to empower people in essential roles to make the internet a safer space, giving them the tools to cut through misinformation and protect their online content. In today’s digital space, an overwhelming …

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Drone &
Data Aid

Region: Malawi

The Drone and Data Aid (D+D Aid) project supports technological capacity development in Malawi by strengthening existing systems with innovative solutions to solve real life challenges . The project sets out to achieve this in three key ways: Firstly, by strengthening the Malawi medical supply chain with …

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Audio-
pedia

Region: Nigeria, India, Brazil, Uganda Audio Campaign: Pakistan, India, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Brazil, Colombia, Bolivia, Paraguay, Senegal, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Togo, South Sudan, Kenya, Afghanistan, Nepal

Audiopedia is an open-source audible learning platform providing marginalized populations in the Global South with essential knowledge that saves …

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Rural
Women
Entre-
preneurs

Region: Bangladesh

Rural Women Entrepreneurs responds to the short- and long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic by mobilizing and developing the capacity of 58 women’s business centres across Bangladesh to close gaps in healthcare access for the most vulnerable members of rural communities with the help of digital technologies …

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Digital
Agri-
culture
Africa

Region: Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia

GIZ’s Digital Agriculture Africa Program aims to address the health, economic and food security impacts of the COVID-19 crisis by providing a digital learning “Farm-to-Fork Solution”. Even though farming is a cornerstone for African economies, smallholder farmers face many challenges. Although …

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Match-
making
for
health
services

Region: Peru

Matchmaking Peru’s objective is to strengthen the Peruvian health care system through a digital platform that connects healthcare facilities and enables cooperation for better patient care. Despite being one of the first countries in Latin America to have taken far-reaching measures to fight the …

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Call
vs
Corona

Region: Madagascar, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Haiti;
Scaling to: Senegal, Tunisia, Nigeria

CallvsCorona leverages mobile solutions to provide reliable COVID-19 information to a wide general population. The project thereby closes a serious gap in access to timely crisis information and sensitization messages necessary to overcoming the global pandemic …

Learn More

Yoma

Region: South Africa, Nigeria, Burundi, Kenia, Malawi, Scaling to: Benin, Ivory Coast, Trinidad and Tobago, Serbia, Rwanda, Timor-Leste

Yoma is an online marketplace that offers on- and offline opportunities for skills development, community engagement and employment for youth. In 2020, young Africans were …

Learn More

Digital
Enquirer
Kit

Region: Brazil, Sri Lanka, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, Syria, Mauretania, Tunisia, Caribbean

The Digital Enquirer Kit aims to empower people in essential roles to make the internet a safer space, giving them the tools to cut through misinformation and protect their online content. In today’s digital space, an overwhelming …

Learn More

Drone &
Data Aid

Region: Malawi

The Drone and Data Aid (D+D Aid) project supports technological capacity development in Malawi by strengthening existing systems with innovative solutions to solve real life challenges . The project sets out to achieve this in three key ways: Firstly, by strengthening the Malawi medical supply chain with …

Learn More

Audio-
pedia

Region: Nigeria, India, Brazil, Uganda Audio Campaign: Pakistan, India, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Brazil, Colombia, Bolivia, Paraguay, Senegal, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Togo, South Sudan, Kenya, Afghanistan, Nepal

Audiopedia is an open-source audible learning platform providing marginalized populations in the Global South with essential knowledge that saves …

Learn More

Rural
Women
Entre-
preneurs

Region: Bangladesh

Rural Women Entrepreneurs responds to the short- and long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic by mobilizing and developing the capacity of 58 women’s business centres across Bangladesh to close gaps in healthcare access for the most vulnerable members of rural communities with the help of digital technologies …

Learn More

Digital
Agri-
culture
Africa

Region: Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia

GIZ’s Digital Agriculture Africa Program aims to address the health, economic and food security impacts of the COVID-19 crisis by providing a digital learning “Farm-to-Fork Solution”. Even though farming is a cornerstone for African economies, smallholder farmers face many challenges. Although …

Learn More

Match-
making
for
health
services

Region: Peru

Matchmaking Peru’s objective is to strengthen the Peruvian health care system through a digital platform that connects healthcare facilities and enables cooperation for better patient care. Despite being one of the first countries in Latin America to have taken far-reaching measures to fight the …

Learn More