Bavaria is one of Germany’s less densely populated states. Rural areas account for around 85 percent of the state’s surface area. Around 60 percent of the Bavarian population live in these areas. In accordance with the state’s constitutional mandate, the Bavarian administrative district parliament advocates “equal living conditions” in all parts of the state. Now the administrative districts face the challenge of supporting and developing digitization in rural areas.
The Bavarian administrative district parliament and T-Systems have therefore developed “Program 2020 - Digital Districts Bavaria” for this purpose, which was unanimously accepted by the Bavarian Innovation Ring (Bayerischer Innovationsring). In the Innovation Ring, 26 districts develop recommendations for action regarding the modernization of the district offices.
As a first step, T-Systems will work with seven key districts to develop the next steps for several fields of action during initial workshops:
The results of the study “Der digitale Landkreis” (The Digital District) from 2018, which was commission by the German administrative district parliament, show that the vast majority of districts are facing the challenges of digital transformation. However, most of them are only at the very beginning of this process. For example, although 42 percent of all administrative districts in Germany are planning a digitalization strategy for the future, only six percent already have a strategy for the digital transformation.
The role of the administrative districts is not limited to the execution and control of digitalization projects, but also includes the utilization of social fields of action.
“The administrative districts can serve as platforms, which can then support the mediation and networking of private digitalization projects. This bundling and networking function of the administrative districts in the area of digital services of public interest represents a traditional district function. The digital transformation of society and the economy can thus make a contribution towards strengthening the district function within the communal structure,” - this is how the German administrative district parliament defines the role of the individual districts when it comes to digitalization.