Partnerships for Interoperability & Impact

Target 17.9 Enhance international support for implementing effective and targeted capacity-building in developing countries to support national plans to implement all the Sustainable Development Goals, including through North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation

SDG 17 focus on enhancing international support for implementing effective and targeted capacity-building for developing countries, particularly in the realm of technology, which demands attention to specific challenges and opportunities. SPIDER has developed a unique method for capacity development and peer-to-peer learning.that benefits south-to-south, north-to-south and also triangular collaboration.

Global challenges persist in unequal access to technological resources, hindering capacity-building efforts in developing nations. Limited infrastructure and resources create disparities, exacerbating the digital divide and impeding progress towards SDG 17.9. Furthermore, disparities in digital literacy and skill development pose significant barriers to effective technology adoption and utilization in these regions.

However, the opportunities are vast. Collaborative partnerships between developed and developing nations can foster technology transfer, knowledge sharing, and skill development. Innovative initiatives leveraging digital platforms offer avenues for capacity-building programs, promoting inclusive growth. Emerging technologies, such as AI and IoT, hold potential to leapfrog traditional infrastructure, providing cost-effective solutions for capacity building in developing countries.

Efforts to bolster connectivity, digital education, and technical training programmes present pathways to empower these nations, enabling them to harness technology for sustainable development. Emphasising support mechanisms, inclusive policies, and fostering global partnerships will be crucial in unlocking the potential of SDG 17.9, bridging the capacity gap and enabling effective technology-driven development in developing countries.

SPIDER is an enabler of partnerships for digital development

SPIDER’s success in capacity building porgramme planning, coordination and impact creation has been one of the organisations unique contributions to digital development.  Uniting sectors, expertise, and ensuring mutual benefits and local leadership are some of the secret ingredients to our approach. 

Explore how SPIDER can help you achieve the Goals

Helping funders make the right investments

SPIDER was one of the core team to develop the Digital Investment Principles, a set of guiding prinicples for how to enable in digital systems. Let us help your staff and teams to make informed decisions as part of their every day work for greater impact and international partnerships

Grow Your Network

PENTHIO is SPIDER’s tailored training for network leads. We tailor each segment to your specific goals.

Networks are SPIDER’s way to enable greater impact and we are not shy to share the success. We can also help you to maintain or strengthen existing networks to get more out of your collaborations.

Let an experienced organisation coordinate your programme for digitalisation

SPIDER has two decades of project management and programme coordination experience across the world. Let us look after your investments by finding the right partners, who make change happen, mobilise experts who know the contexts and cultural nuances, let us work for you. Let us meet for a briefing and we can tell you how we may be of help. 


These are our experiences, what are yours? Can we learn from each other? How can we collaborate for an inclusive digitalisation that benefits all?  

How can digital partnerships enhance the implementation of SDGs, particularly SDG 17?

Digital partnerships involve the collaboration of governments, private sector, and civil society using technology to address global challenges. These partnerships can facilitate resource mobilization, knowledge-sharing, and the implementation of sustainable practices.

What role does technology play in promoting sustainable development under SDG 17?

Technology serves as a catalyst for sustainable development by enhancing data collection, analysis, and dissemination. It enables the creation of innovative solutions, promotes inclusive decision-making processes, and supports capacity-building efforts.

How can countries promote international cooperation in the digital realm to achieve SDG 17?

Countries can establish cross-border collaborations, share best practices, and create regulatory frameworks that encourage responsible and inclusive digitalization. International agreements and forums can also be utilized to address common challenges and foster global partnerships.

How does digitalization enhance cross-sector collaboration to address global challenges?

Digitalization facilitates cross-sector collaboration for global challenges by enabling real-time communication, data sharing, and coordinated efforts among diverse stakeholders. It enhances information exchange, accelerates decision-making, and promotes innovative solutions, contributing to effective partnerships in addressing complex issues.