Our story

Tackling COVID‑19
through innovation

The coronavirus pandemic has placed a heavy burden on developing countries, exposed the consequences of deepening inequalities, and created long-term social and economic development challenges. In response to these challenges, the #SmartDevelopmentHack was held in Spring 2020. This competition called for innovative digital solutions to unlock a new generation of initiatives that tackle the unprecedented upheaval caused by the coronavirus outbreak in low- and middle-income countries.  The #SmartDevelopmentFund was born to support these solutions.



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Who we are

Supporting, promoting
and advising great

Under the patronage of the BMZ, together with “Team Europe” partners from the EC, other European Union Member States, tech companies and civil society, nine groundbreaking projects were selected from the #SmartDevelopmentHack and are currently scaling their innovations around the world. As such, the #SmartDevelopmentFund was established in autumn 2020 to support, promote and advise these nine projects, as well as future activities that pave the way for socio-economic growth and recovery.

What we do


Responding to challenges with an innovative approach and spirit

We foster an enabling environment in the global digital sector to leverage innovative solutions from low- and middle-income countries and seize emerging opportunities.

Empowering partnerships for a successful launch

We empower dynamic ideas, promote global partnerships and give projects the boost they need for a successful launch.

Scaling impactful solutions to deliver social change

We explore what works and scale it within and across countries and sectors to maximize impact and accelerate progress.

Our Team

Get to know the people
who help to scale our
digital future today