Digital 4 Development (D4D-Be)

Igniting partnerships

Initiated by the Belgian Development cooperation (DGD), the Digital for Development platform was first launched in September 2017. Coordinated by Agoria and Close the Gap, it focuses on bringing together all actors of development by creating and facilitating an eco-system for all stakeholders, existing projects and opportunities using digital in development cooperation. In 2019, the project was renewed for another three years.

The goal

The ultimate goal is to build a bridge between the Belgian private sector and the development sector in realizing the Sustainable Development Goals and by creating new partnerships. The D4D platform is in continuation of the strategic policy note on Digital for Development (D4D-Be) for the Belgian development cooperation.

In order to create this eco-system and nurture potential partnerships, our programme includes a mix of offline events and an underlying comprehensive online platform.



For more information, contact Julie de Bergeyck: or +32 474 997116


Discover the initiatives of the D4D-Be story


Kick-off Meeting

Launch Digital for Development's second chapter on 6 June 2019

With all close partner organisations, Close the Gap and Agoria kicked off the second phase of the Digital for Development project. The organisations looked back on past achievements and forward to future plans.

Online collaboration space

The online platform was launched on November 20, 2017 featuring best practices, new opportunities, partners (people and organisations) and collaboration workspaces. In the second phase, the online platform aims to extend to stakeholders in other European and also African countries. 

Tech for Development Workshops

Coaching sessions for NGOs

These coaching sessions are an alternative pragmatic methodology that brings together NGOs or non-profits with a panel of digital technology experts and let them brainstorm on inspiring digital journeys and possible applications for the NGOs to use digital technologies to generate more impact.

Co-Creation Sessions

Explore synergies

2h sessions to meet & greet and understand the need, motivation, added value and expertise of both parties.

The end goal is to ignite a potential partnership around digitalization in order to increase impact in development cooperation.


Kick-off Event

Launch of D4D-Be on 20 November 2017

Public authorities, companies, NGOs, civil society organizations, academic institutions and research centers met in Brussels to give the Belgian development cooperation a digital impetus.

Kenya Mission 2018

Silicon Savannah & Close the Gap joined forces to organize a unique mission to Kenya, one of the most entrepreneurial countries in Africa, with a start-up scene that attracts developers & investors from all over the world.   


Funding & Update event

23 April 2018

On Monday April 23, the next milestone of the Digital for Development initiative took place. During this event, interested stakeholders gathered to learn more about the new D4D-Be Financing Programme.


Thursday, January 10, 2019

Close the Gap, Agoria and The Shift organised an info session on D4D-related financial instruments for private sector companies interested in Digital for Development or looking to expand in developing or emerging countries

Nigeria Mission 2019

Silicon Lagoon

From 20 - 23 March, and Close the Gap joined forces again to organize an exciting economic mission to Lagos in Nigeria, Africa’s most prominent tech hub, with the most vibrant startup scene that attracts developers and investors from all over the world.