States, Societies & People in the Digital Age – Shaping a Global Transformation

The Future Forum took place from September 20 - 23, 2021! This new digital format launched by GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH) stands for capacity development, collaboration and co-creation! It addressed the transformative impact of the digital transformation in the context of governance and peacebuilding. The virtual event brought together experts from all over the world working at and with GIZ as well as interested partners, commissioning parties, related consultancies and organizations. 

The Future Forum has been recorded: The open parts of the Future Forum can be found in the GIZ YouTube channel.




Thank you for your participation from all over the world! 

Almost 700 participants from 85 countries took part in the Future Forum journey! We want to thank you for your active contribution in the different sessions - we will continue this journey in different channels to foster the potential of the digital transformation for the governance and peacebuilding sector, to tackle the challenges and to elaborate new approaches and partnerships to increase our impact. 

A special thanks goes out to our more than 100 different speakers: You made the Future Forum an inspiring journey and we thank you for the trustful and well-conceived inputs! Thank you to our commissioning parties, to all fellow development and international organizations, to all activists and civil society organizations, to academia, research institutes and think tanks as well as to our partner governments and the private sector! 

And a big and warm "Thank you" goes out to all organizers of the more than 55 different Future Forum events: Your professional and personal efforts has made this Future Forum a very special event and we are excited about how we will move forward with courage and creativity by building on what we have (and it's a lot!) and by exploring ways of how to do things differently in the future!

States, Societies & People in the Digital Age – What's the Future Forum about?

The digital transformation is profoundly changing the way we learn, work, and communicate and thus impacts the nature of social relationships and political decision-making within and across societies. The global pandemic has accelerated many of these trends. This opens enormous opportunities for the promotion of governance and peacebuilding, but also bears considerable challenges and risks. The Future Forum 2021 will explore these dynamics along four thematic focus areas: ​​




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