For the Digital Public Goods Alliance to achieve its mission, we need the participation of multiple sectors. Whether you represent a government, international organization or NGO, tech company or start-up, research institution or any other entity, we want to hear from you.

If you are interested in being kept up to date about the DPG Alliance and/or would like to contribute through funding, technologies, expertise, and sharing of implementation lessons, please sign up here.


  • Nominate open source software, data, AI models, standards and content that are relevant to the sustainable development goals and do no harm. Assess 
  • Contribute technical or thematic expertise by joining a Community of Practice or sharing verifiable case studies in implementing Digital Public Goods.

In order to be recognized as a digital public good by the DPG Alliance a project must be nominated and shown to conform to the definition of digital public goods in the 2020 Roadmap to Digital Cooperation.

Anyone can submit a nomination for a digital public good through this public repository, or alternatively through this form.

Below is additional guidance regarding the type of DPG we seek: 

  • Software: uses open software licenses from the OSI list. We highly recommend to host the source code on a public repository.
  • Content: encourage use of the Creative Commons licenses allowing for both derivative and commercial reuse (CC BY or CC BY-SA), or dedicate content to the public domain (CC0). We also accept the following licenses which do not allow for commercial reuse: CC-BY-NC and CC-BY-NC-SA.
  • Data: use open data licenses aligned with the Creative Commons licenses referenced above or that dedicate data to the public domain.
Communities of Practice (CoPs)

The DPG Alliance seeks to build on existing expertise and practices at the sector and thematic level. The DPG Alliance maps and convenes Communities of Practice to harness this expertise. 

Communities of Practice help identify and collate sector specific best practices and criteria for digital public goods; identify and assess digital public goods candidates; identify financing opportunities and develop financing models; and define on-the-ground needs and use cases that can guide adaptations and development of new digital public goods.

The Communities of Practice shall have:

  • Sector-specific expertise for assessing a proposed DPG’s quality. 
  • Relevant sector and technology expertise from UN and donor institutions, .government institutions in low- or lower middle-income countries, and non-governmental organizations with on-the-ground presence in low- or lower middle-income countries.

The person leading a given community of practice is responsible for establishing it based on the parameters above. 

Other Communities of Practice may also be established in 2020 depending on the capacity of the Alliance and of interested stakeholders to drive the process forward. If you are interested in joining a particular community of practice, please sign up here.


  • Become a Pathfinder Country by identifying, implementing and/or deploying Digital Public Goods in your country.
  • Help us fund the effort and help other countries in deploying Digital Public Goods.
  • Apply to receive funding from UNICEF’s Innovation Fund.


  • Help us support the project by providing funding to move more quickly.