The Digital Public Goods Alliance Promotes digital public goods to create a more equitable world.
Digital Public Goods
In 2021, the Digital Public Goods Alliance launched a 5-year strategy. The corresponding 2021 Roadmap details progress against the DPGA’s strategic objectives.
The Digital Public Goods Alliance also maintains the DPG Standard and Registry, convenes expert communities of practice, co-leads the Digital Public Goods Charter, and oversees digital public goods pathfinding pilots. Read more about each of these core functions below.
Communities of Practice
Communities of Practice (CoPs) are groups of experts who convene to support the discovery, assessment, and advancement of digital public goods with high potential for addressing critical development needs and responding to urgent challenges.
CoPs are a means of bringing together experts from organisations that are engaged in work related to a given topic, leveraging years of experience while simultaneously facilitating dialogue and alignment across these institutions and their networks.
All CoPs are led in collaboration with co-chairing organisations that have extensive sector-relevant knowledge. Each CoP scopes and defines a particular focus area based on inputs from governments, multilateral organisations and other stakeholders in the DPG ecosystem. The purpose of this process is to highlight digital public goods that can meet particular high priority needs. Based on input and feedback from CoP members, the DPGA releases reports highlighting DPGs that have high impact potential for that area of focus. You can see the reports published to date here.
The following is an overview of the DPGA’s CoPs:
|Early Grade Reading||Foundational Literacy||Norad||Complete|
|Financial Inclusion||Digital Public Infrastructure||iSPIRT||Complete|
|Health||Immunization Delivery Management||UNICEF||Complete|
|Telemedicine / Telehealth / Virtual Health||UNICEF||In Progress|
|Climate Change Adaptation||Climate & Weather Services||Norad||Complete|
|GovStack||DPGs for GovStack||GIZ||In Progress|
|Information Pollution||Rapid Response Technologies||UNDP||In Progress|
|Normative Alternatives||Omidyar Network||In Progress|
|Data||Open Data and DPGs||Global Data Access Initiative||In Progress|
Digital Public Goods Charter
In April 2022, it was announced that the DPGA will be co-leading the process for the Digital Public Goods Charter (DPG Charter) alongside the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL). The DPG Charter will advance the use of digital public goods, enabling countries to build safe, trusted, and inclusive digital public infrastructure at scale, improving outcomes for people.
The DPG Charter brings together stakeholders from governments; private sector companies; philanthropic foundations; the UN, development banks and other multilateral institutions; non-governmental organisations, academia, media and other civil society organisations. Stakeholder participation represents a commitment to advancing the use of digital public goods which can enable countries to build safe, trusted, and inclusive digital public infrastructure at scale. To learn more, see the DPG Charter resource here.
What are pathfinding pilots?
The Digital Public Goods Alliance works with partners and government entities in low- and middle-income countries to pilot new ways to change the power balance around technology and digital solutions through the use of digital public goods.
Pathfinding pilots are time-bound initiatives, led by DPGA members in direct cooperation with, or with the endorsement of, a relevant government entity to build local capacity for the creation of new DPGs and/or to support the local adaptation or implementation for existing DPGs. Pathfinding pilots are tailored to the needs of a country and/or region and help define use cases, identify needs, inform adaptations, and enable policy frameworks.
Current pathfinding pilots (2021-2022) span the health, education, innovation, and youth employment sectors and are active in Eswatini, The Gambia, Ghana, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Vietnam, and more.