Digital      4      Development

K. Pannecoucke © RMCA

Minister of Development Cooperation and Digital Agenda, Alexander De Croo, together with the winners of the first edition of the Prize D4D, Bruno van der Pluijm (Director-general for development cooperation and humanitarian aid) and Guido Gryseels (Director of the Royal Museum for Central Africa).

Prize D4D rewards outstanding initiatives that use digitisation and (new) technologies as a lever for development towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Prize D4D consists of three categories:

  • The innovative idea / startup – ‘iStartUp’ 

  • The success story – ‘iStandOut’

  • The public award – ‘iChoose’


Everyone with an innovative idea of success story about digitisation for development can participate in the Prize D4D.

From July 2016 onwards, the public can vote for its favourite success stories via the online voting system.

Both in the category 'iStartUp' (innovative idea) and the category 'iStandOut' (success story), the jury nominates three initiatives and one of them is selected as the winner. In the category 'iChoose', a third winner is chosen online by the public.

All 3 winners will receive their prizes at the award ceremony in the Colonial Palace in Tervuren.


References dates:

  • Launch of the call for applications: May 2016

  • Closing of the call for applications: extended until July 14, 2016!

  • Announcement and communication towards the nominees: October 2016

  • Award ceremony: November 30, 2016


Prize D4D is a biennially initiative of the Royal Museum of Central Africa (RMCA) with the support of the Belgian Directorate-General for Development Cooperation (DGD).