Digital Public

Digital public infrastructure (DPI) is a shared means to many ends. It is a critical enabler of digital transformation and is helping to improve public service delivery at scale. Designed and implemented well, it can help countries achieve their national priorities and accelerate the Sustainable Development Goals. Governments, donors, the private sector and civil society alike have an opportunity to shape it - join us! 

At a glance 

DPI is an evolving concept, but there is growing consensus on it being a combination of (i) networked open technology standards built for public interest, (ii) enabling governance, and (iii) a community of innovative and competitive market players working to drive innovation, especially across public programmes. In line with UNDP's whole-of-society approach to digital transformation, our work on DPI focuses around the efforts outlined below. 

Stewarding strategic initiatives

UNDP engages with a range of stakeholders across the ecosystems to drive action and deliver impact on DPI. 

Building partnerships and alliances 

UNDP convenes actors across the public and private sectors, academia, and civil society to catalyze collective action on digital public infrastructure.

Delivering government support

UNDP provides tailored assistance to governments at various stages of their digital transformation journey from early readiness assessment and strategy design to implementation and scaling.

Catalyzing population-scale technology

UNDP works with partners within the digital ecosystem to develop, implement, and scale digital public goods and digital public infrastructure to provide society-wide benefits.

Shaping local digital ecosystems

UNDP supports countries in creating and strengthening local digital ecosystems that can drive the development, implementation and scaling of innovative digital solutions.

Advocating for human rights and safeguards

UNDP advocates for the protection and promotion of human rights in the digital space, while installing adequate safeguards and empowering people to understand and exercise their rights.

Facilitating research and learning exchanges

UNDP catalyzes knowledge and insights to accelerate digital transformation through the facilitation of research and learning exchanges that enable countries to share and learn from each other.