Communities of practice

It is of great importance for the Alliance to build on the expertise and practices around digital public goods that already exist at the sector and thematic level. The Alliance will therefore map and convene Communities of Practice. These will 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 the sufficiency of a proposed DPG’s quality assurance process related to established or commonly accepted content and data quality standards for the given sector/community of practice
  • Representation of relevant sector and technology expertise from UN and donor institutions who are involved in the given sector/community of practice.
  • Representation of relevant sector and technology expertise from government institutions in low- or lower middle-income countries
  • Representation of relevant sector and technology expertise from 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. 

In Q1 and Q2 of 2020, communities of practice are being established related to the following areas:

  • Financial inclusion, with an initial emphasis on digital payment systems and digital identity systems. 
  • Foundational skills, with an initial emphasis on reading literacy and digital literacy tools.
  • Climate change adaptation, with an initial emphasis on weather and climate data and forecasting models, and on providing farmers with tools for proactive climate smart agriculture (CSA) advice. 

In Q3 and Q4 of 2020, communities of practice are being established related to the following areas:

  • Digital and job skills, with an initial emphasis on remote work, remedial vocational education, portable certification, and job matching. 
  • Health (initial focus areas to be confirmed).
  • Open software with a particular potential to accelerate impact of other digital public goods or across many sectors.

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 contact cop@digitalpublicgoods.net

Get Involved

If you are interested in being kept updated about the alliance formation and/or would like to contribute to the establishment of the alliance through funding, technologies, expertise, and sharing of implementation lessons, please contact the Digital Public Goods  Alliance at hello@digitalpublicgoods.net.