The virtuous ripple effect of education for girls is so far-reaching that former UN Secretary General and Nobel Prize winner Kofi Annan once called it “the single most effective tool for development.”


Our mission: support young women like never before by boosting relevant education and employment opportunities in the digital century. 


BMZ has been supporting Africa Code Week activities for the past three years, with 40 grants awarded to 40 organizations to date, introducing over 22,000 girls and women to coding skills in emerging and developing countries.

In 2018, BMZ supported over 14,000 girls across 16 African countries to acquire their first computer programming skills. In addition, teacher trainings were conducted with a focus on gender-sensitive curriculum development.

2018 #eSkills4Girls Grantees:

The German Development Cooperation has been promoting digital skills development for disadvantaged groups since 2015. The starting point for the increased commitment was the #eSkills4Girls initiative, which was set up as part of the German G20 presidency and focuses on teaching digital skills for women and girls in the context of education and employment promotion.

Examples of the successful global agenda setting of German Development Cooperation in the field of digital education is BMZ's involvement in the multi-stakeholder initiative EQUALS, which promotes gender equality in the digital age. Together with UNESCO, BMZ is leading the EQUALS working group on digital skills. One result of the engagement is a Digital Skills Fund, launched in September 2018, designed to promote the scaling of successful initiatives for women with small grants. 

At the same time, the German Development Cooperation is increasingly implementing projects at the interface of gender and digitalization, e.g. programming boot camps especially for women in Rwanda.