Improving services, empowering people

Digital PublicGoods Charter

There is a growing movement to improve government services and spur innovation using digital public goods. This work is meant to improve outcomes of investments in digital public infrastructure to empower people and improve societies at large. This is too big for anyone to do alone.

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Vision

Through a coordinated effort, mobilizing high level stakeholder commitments, investments, and actions, the Digital Public Goods Charter (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.

Objective

The DPG Charter represents a commitment to advancing the use of digital public goods as countries build safe, trusted, and inclusive digital public infrastructure at scale. When done well, digitalization is allowing governments and the private sector to develop and deliver solutions that address urgent global challenges such as hunger, pandemics and climate change. The DPG Charter is an opportunity to showcase how the public and private sectors, including the United Nations, can work together to accelerate the ability of countries to use technology to attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Background

The DPG Charter is a multi-stakeholder campaign to align and mobilize diverse stakeholders and initiatives around a compelling shared vision for digital public goods (DPGs) and their role in driving safe, trusted and inclusive digital public infrastructure at scale by 2030. These efforts are in line with the UN Secretary-General's Roadmap for Digital Cooperation, and the activities of the Global Digital Compact and the Summit of the Future in 2023.

These efforts are in line with the UN Secretary-General's Roadmap for Digital Cooperation, and the activities of the Global Digital Compact and the Summit of the Future in 2023.

We are striving to respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, while dealing with mounting climate disruption, rising inequality and utterly unsustainable patterns of production and consumption. Digital public infrastructure can help solve all these challenges.

Antonio Guterres

Secretary-General of the United Nations

Now's the time to collaborate and build inclusive digital public infrastructure with the primary goal of improving the lives and livelihoods of all.

Michala Mackay

Chief Operating Officer & Director Sierra Leone Directorate of Science Technology and Innovation

The DPG Charter is a coordinated effort, mobilizing high level stakeholder commitments, investments, and actions to ensure:

  • Country capacity to build, test, implement, maintain, and govern digital public goods that best address their country's infrastructural needs;
  • The legal, regulatory, and policy frameworks as well as the public institutions required to ensure individuals’ data is safe and protected from misuse and provides equitable access to the benefits of digitalization;
  • Sufficient and sustainable funding and funding models that enable DPGs to deliver stable, best-in-class digital solutions that address country needs;
  • Vibrant commercial ecosystem of vendors and services who enable rapid deployments and integrations at scale; and
  • Thriving software communities that contribute code and support products.

Approach

Digitalization provides an unprecedented opportunity to deliver critical services and opportunities at societal-scale, including reaching previously un- or under-served populations. This improves innovation in both the public and private sectors, and can, in theory, unlock data in ways that further fuel innovation and empower people.

The DPG Charter effort will catalyze new ideas and broker new partnerships to drive endorsements and commitments to expand safe, inclusive, and open digital public infrastructure.

The DPG Charter effort will use a combination of consultations, endorsements, and commitments to achieve this vision.

CONSULTATION

A consultative process will seek input from a geographically diverse set of stakeholders through outreach and events to develop new ideas in the spirit of the DPG Charter vision.

ENDORSEMENTS

Stakeholders will be invited to endorse the DPG Charter, indicating alignment with the shared vision articulating the need for digital public goods to support digital public infrastructure.

COMMITMENTS

The DPG Charter will catalyze and highlight commitments which outline concrete action that partners will take to advance this vision, based on how they can best contribute. Commitments must be relevant to the DPG Charter vision, future-focused, and non-duplicative.

We recognise that no individual country or government alone can construct global norms. We must all work to build and maintain inclusive digital ecosystems and promote responsible use of technology. I am urging all our country partners to join us in support of the creation of a Charter for Digital Public Goods, and in support of the vision statement that we are announcing today.

Paloma Adams-Allen

USAID Deputy Administrator, June 1, 2022

Stakeholders

The Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) and the Digital Public Goods Alliance (DPGA) are co-leading the DPG Charter process.

Digital Public Goods Alliance
Digital Impact Alliance
US Aid
giz
Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung
Uganda Ministry of ICT & National Guidance
UK Aid
Norad
Sweden
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Rockerfeller Foundation
Republic of Rwanda Ministry of ICT & National Guidance
a21 Innovate for all
Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh
ICT Division Future is here
UNDP
unicef
DSTI

News and Events

UNGA

13 - 27 September, 2022

The Charter will underpin two events held in New York during UNGA77. The events will serve to announce commitments and mobilize new support for improving the ability of DPGs to advance safe, inclusive, and open digital public infrastructure.

Summit for the Future

2023

Through 2023, we work with partners across the globe to collect additional commitments. At the Summit for the Future, we celebrate progress made by partners who committed in 2022 and who have moved forward with their efforts to support countries in building open digital public infrastructure.

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