Konnektiv

Digital Transformation in International Development

Konnektiv is a Berlin-based agency working at the intersection of technology, collaboration, and social development. We focus on new innovative approaches for international development in the field of information and communication technology (ICT). We design, manage, and evaluate development projects in the ICT sector, advise on digital strategy and portfolio management, provide training and facilitation, conduct research and analysis, and program software solutions.

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Open Source Solutions

Konnektiv offers privacy-friendly open source solutions for your online events

One of Konnektiv’s core values is openness: We believe ideas or technologies with social and sustainable impact potential should not be locked up as proprietary knowledge but rather should be open to share.

Therefore, Konnektiv uses open knowledge and open licenses to enable the spread of information. Whenever possible we work with open data, open publication formats, open methodologies, open processes and other relevant knowledge products sharing them under open licenses and making them available on digital channels. We also contribute to discussions on openness for instance through events and meet-ups, public speaking and publications.

Our IT department works with open source software tools and creates open solutions for our clients. We encourage our clients and partners to work with open formats and offer advice on open licenses and open source business models.

Due to the current pandemic, the whole world is adjusting as meetings, workshops and events move digital. With our extensive experience working with digital transformation and our long standing commitment to openness, Konnektiv is positioned to continue offering alternative open solutions for our clients.

In concrete terms, we offer the complete implementation of your online-event (i.e. concept, technical implementation as well as moderation) with the following Open Source and GDPR compliant solutions:

  • Video chat with Jitsi
  • Online conferences and webinars with BigBlueButton
  • E-learning courses with LMS for WordPress, including networking or gamification elements as well as storytelling courses with Aesop Story Engine

If you are looking for assistance, please feel free to contact us and we can offer customized recommendations that meet your specific requirements, objectives and budget. Just send us a mail to konnekt@konnektiv.de with your request and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

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Selected Projects

Study on key issues for inclusive digital development

October 2019-October 2020 Konnektiv was commissioned by the Heinrich Boell Foundation Washington DC to write a comprehensive report that explores some of the key issues that affect inclusive digital development in the Global South, largely focusing on Least Developed Countries (LDCs). The report begins with a review of existing models for digital development and looks…

Make-IT Startup Ecosystem Scouting & Study in Asia

Taking into account the possible expansion of the Make-IT Initiative to Asia, Konnektiv was brought on to provide insight on the possibility of initiating a new project in the region to promote innovation and entrepreneurship specifically during the critical phase in the transition from a micro-company to a growth-oriented start-up. Konnektiv, in collaboration with our partner endeva, handled the design, planning and coordination of scouting trips…

#Road2IGF: Data, Sovereignty, Democracy and a Global South Perspective

In November 2019, the Global Innovation Gathering (GIG) and the United Nations Association of Germany hosted the warm up event #Road2IGF: Data, Sovereignty, Democracy and an African Perspective in the context of the Internet Governance Forum which took place in Berlin…

Training on “Use of Digital Instruments in Project Work of Development NGOs”

Konnektiv developed a training for staff of development policy and humanitarian NGOs that aimed at both sensitizing employees for a responsible use of ICTs in their project work and at empowering them so they can identify suitable digital technologies for the respective contexts of their projects…

Study on the AI-Privacy Conundrum in Germany and India

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a powerful General-Purpose technology – considered as a game-changer that will have potential economic, social and political implications on all spheres of human life. The promise of AI presents a huge economic opportunity and to capitalize on this new technology wave governments have rolled out their national AI strategies….

Tech Trendscouting Toolkit for Social Impact

Konnektiv developed a toolkit that gathers and describes best practices for tech trendscouting approaches to support entrepreneurship and digital social innovation in Africa. As a joint collaboration between GIZ, WSA, and Konnektiv with support of the Global Innovation Gathering network, the focus of this toolkit is offering tangible step-by-step guidelines, peer knowledge, and further resources. The Tech Trendscouting Toolkit…

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Past Events

Online discussion: Who controls the data? Perspectives on digital sovereignty from the Global South

Konnektiv and the Heinrich Boell Foundation Washington, DC hosted an online discussion on perspectives on digital sovereignty in the Global South.

Digital technologies are instrumental for global exchange and connectivity – nothing illustrates this better than the Covid-19 pandemic. Yet there is fierce competition over who gets to reap the benefits of cross-border data flows. The United States and China are in a process of decoupling their digital spheres while the European Union is asserting its digital sovereignty by launching Gaia-X, the European cloud…

#Road2IGF: Data, Sovereignty, Democracy and a Global South Perspective

In November 2019 the Global Innovation Gathering (GIG) and the United Nations Association of Germany hosted a warm up event #Road2IGF: Data, Sovereignty, Democracy and an African Perspective in the context of the Internet Governance Forum which took place in Berlin.

How do we ensure people and democracies are informed and empowered through data driven systems such as AI rather than exploited and undermined? What infrastructures and data protection policies do we need? These and other questions were explored during the #Road2IGF event with four political analysts and civil society representatives.

With the aim of giving a larger platform to civil society representatives from the global south at this year’s IGF, the event was supported by Konnektiv, as we often collaborate with GIG due to the shared mission of making development cooperation more open and innovative…