African Union-European Union Digital for Development Hub
Digital4Development, an innovative European digital cooperation platform
The Digital4Development Hub (D4D Hub) is the new European digital cooperation platform. Launched on 8 December 2020 during a high-level event, it gathers the main stakeholders from the European Union (EU), Member States, the private sector, civil society and financial institutions based on a Team Europe approach.
The D4D Hub has several objectives:
1) Increase investments in digital technology;
2) Support the digital transformation of partner countries;
3) Promote a comprehensive approach based on European values;
4) Establish a comprehensive rulebook based on values for a digital economy and society all over the world;
5) Promote a stronger and more strategic commitment by the EU in international digital partnerships.
The first regional operational component, the African Union-European Union D4D Hub (AU-EU D4D Hub), started its activities in Africa in January 2021.
Strengthening the Team Europe approach for digital programming
The secretariat of the D4D Hub has assisted the EU delegations with the programming of the European Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI) at national level, by setting up connections, and at local level, with counterparties of the D4D Hub to identify synergies and establish joint contributions. At regional level, the secretariat has coordinated weekly meetings to gather the various contributions and strategic interests of the 11 Member States and European Investment Bank, based on the Team Europe D4D regional initiatives in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and Central Asia.
At global level, the aim of the D4D mechanism will be to become the entry point for all projects to support the digital transition for the European Commission. By centralising the digital cooperation projects and initiatives of European countries for emerging regions, the Hub will give “Team Europe” greater visibility and will be used to establish long-term public and private partnerships in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Team France actively involved in the mechanism
Alongside Agence Française de Développement (AFD), Expertise France is involved and a fully-fledged member of the European consortium and secretariat of the AU-EU D4D Hub. As a founding member, Team France has participated fully in formulating and structuring the project. It now has a strategic and central position in the initiative, making it an active member both among the European and African project partners, the European Commission and stakeholders in the ongoing European programming in the regions of the D4D Hub (Africa, Latin America, Asia).
D4D Hub’s news
SN2025 digital workshops – 19th and 20th May 2021
Expertise France organises the SN2025 digital workshops in 100% digital format, along with the delegation of the European Union in Dakar and #D4DHub members, with financing of the Agence Française de Développement. These workshops follow on from the “Digital strategy of the EU-Senegal cooperation” study, which will contribute to structure digital cooperation between the EU delegation in Senegal and other development partners. They gather agencies from the European Union Member States (AFD, Expertise France, Enabel, GIZ, LuxDev), the EIB as well as Senegalese institutional, public and private actors.
Niger digital week – from 12th to 16th April 2021
In partnership with the AU-EU D4D Hub, Expertise France, AFD, the delegation of the European Union to Niger and Niger National Agency for the Information Society (ANSI) organised a “digital week” from the 12th to the 12th April 2021. As a certified D4D Hub event, it gathered many Nigerien actors from the digital world and D4D Hub members.
Find out more on the project's website: https://d4dhub.eu