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Digital Strategy Pilot for Rural Regions (DE0024)



Action Plan: Germany Action Plan 2019-2021

Action Plan Cycle: 2019

Status: Active


Lead Institution: Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL)

Support Institution(s): Federal Office for Agriculture and Food with its Centre of Excellence for Rural Development (KomLE, Division 423) "Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering (IESE), Association of German Counties"

Policy Areas

Public Service Delivery, Subnational

IRM Review

IRM Report: Germany Design Report 2019-2021

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Civic Participation

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review


What is the public problem that the commitment will address?
The specific challenge facing rural regions is that they are sparsely populated, with infrastructure and services in many areas seeing reduced demand and proving increasingly
uneconomical. In this context, setting up an innovative platform that provides digital access
to public services, networks, participation, etc. will create a unique opportunity to address
these specific challenges and thereby contribute in a very real way to the establishment of
equivalent living conditions throughout the country (cf. article 72(2) of the Basic Law). This
will require new, innovative research and development measures. One of the key benefits of
platforms of this kind is their networking effect, as they enable many different stakeholders
– private individuals, county administrations, service providers, businesses – to come into
contact, interact and thus gain mutual advantage from the solutions being road-tested in
this pilot project.

What is the commitment?
Over the course of four years, the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) will
­provide funds to seven districts in which digital solutions (e.g. apps) seeking to improve
everyday life in rural areas in response to identified need are developed and tried out in
cooperation with a research institute. These endeavours will be supported by the development and study of a nationwide digital platform that will connect new prototype services
with existing ones. The districts will also be assisted in developing strategies for the digital
revolution, enhancing expertise in this area within their administrations and raising public
awareness of the issues. Research will also be undertaken into the possibility of integrating
additional districts – which are not receiving funding – into this digital ecosystem, so that
they too can use the services and the networking potential of the platform in future.

How will the commitment contribute to solving the public problem?
Innovative digital solutions and the propagation of expertise in digital technology among
local and regional players are intended to help establish equivalent living conditions throughout Germany, i.e. to improve living standards. The project will offerinsights into the potential
of digital technology to boost rural areas. The outcome will be the development and study of
a platform that fosters ties and provides digital services which are already available in cities
but are not yet to be found in rural parts of the country. Publishing the results will make it
easier to identify solutions which can also be implemented in other regions.

Why is this commitment relevant to OGP values?
This commitment makes provision for the digital transformation of state and society, for
cooperation and for innovation in pilot regions. The benefits gained will be accessible
to other regions even before the pilot project has ended, which will help make it widely
applicable and thereby enhance its long-term usefulness. Participation, engagement and
a sense of ownership on the part of civil society – people living in rural areas and other
local stakeholders – are a crucial aspect of the project and its implementation, assisting the
targeted reflection of actual needs and the generation of lasting benefit.
The pilot project will also boost open government in Länder and municipalities through
its activities relating to digital transformation strategies and the development of public
services as well as its reconfiguration of administrative processes.


  1. Participatory Development of Research and Innovation Policy

    DE0022, 2019, Public Participation

  2. Participatory Creation of Regulatory Policy

    DE0023, 2019, Open Regulations

  3. Digital Strategy Pilot for Rural Regions

    DE0024, 2019, Public Service Delivery

  4. Open Government in North Rhine-Westphalia

    DE0025, 2019, Access to Information

  5. Policy Co-Creation in North Rhine-Westphalia

    DE0026, 2019, Land Rights and Spatial Planning

  6. Data Sovereignty in North Rhine-Westphalia

    DE0027, 2019, Access to Information

  7. Open Government Portal in Saxony

    DE0028, 2019, E-Government

  8. Open-Source Software in Public Administrations in Schleswig-Holstein

    DE0029, 2019, Subnational

  9. Regional Open Government Labs

    DE0016, 2019, Public Participation

  10. Civil Society Consulation on Foreign Policy

    DE0017, 2019,

  11. Create Youth Strategy

    DE0018, 2019, Marginalized Communities

  12. Craete Federal Agency for Digital Innovation

    DE0019, 2019,

  13. Transparency and Participation in International Aid

    DE0020, 2019, Access to Information

  14. Strengthen and Socialize Open Data Policy

    DE0021, 2019, Access to Information

  15. Conditions for OGP Participation

    DE0001, 2017,

  16. Open Data in Administrative Practice

    DE0002, 2017, Access to Information

  17. Open Data Environment

    DE0003, 2017, Access to Information

  18. Access to Spatial Data

    DE0004, 2017, Access to Information

  19. Financial Transparency - EITI Standard

    DE0005, 2017, Access to Information

  20. Transparency in Development Policy

    DE0006, 2017, Access to Information

  21. Open Data for Intelligent Mobility

    DE0007, 2017, Access to Information

  22. Citizen Participation in Environmental Policy and Urban Development

    DE0008, 2017, Capacity Building

  23. Electronic Procedures for Family Benefits

    DE0009, 2017, E-Government

  24. Knowledge Network for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex People

    DE0010, 2017, E-Government

  25. Local Alliances for Family Initiative

    DE0011, 2017, Public Participation

  26. Share of Women and Men in Leadership Positions, Private and Private Sectors

    DE0012, 2017, E-Government

  27. Open Access to Academic Literature

    DE0013, 2017, E-Government

  28. Science Year 2018

    DE0014, 2017, Public Participation

  29. Federal Competition “Living Together Hand in Hand”

    DE0015, 2017, Citizenship & Immigration

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