Making visits to development cooperation (DC) projects a virtual experience

A 360° project visit to the Green Innovation Centre India: climate-friendly and efficient

The challenge

Project visits and meetings in the name of development cooperation often involve business trips that are both time-consuming and harmful to the climate. But project visits and business trips can also be experienced in virtual reality. Our aim is to achieve this with the help of VR and AR technology.

Our approach

As part of the IBM Vater Smart Hackathon, we are developing a ready-to-use open-source prototype that can be used by DC project officers to present their projects in the virtual world, invite decision-makers to take part in a virtual visit and conduct meetings relating to the project. To this end, we are providing a modular toolbox for virtual applications.

Our project goals

We are reducing the carbon footprint of DC in line with efforts to make BMZ climate-neutral, and creating access to inaccessible locations, such as remote project regions and those in security sectors. We are also saving travel costs and time. Policy-makers can make informed decisions without having to travel. ​


  • Not all business trips are necessary or possible, some can be avoided with equal efficiency by using digital solutions – that’s the right choice for the climate.

  • In a hackathon, we developed a solution that will be implemented as a pilot. We will make a rural GIZ project site in India virtually visitable by early 2023 – for partners in India and worldwide.


Reduction of the carbon footprint of development cooperation as a contribution to climate-neutral BMZ

Partner countries


Implementation partners

IBM Vater Smart Hackathon