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Digital standards



The UNDP Digital Standards provide guidance for UNDP teams on best practices when creating digital solutions for development. We are sharing them publicly as they may help other teams think through the process.



Our standards



Why digital standards are important for UNDP

Digital Standards provide a framework for innovation and improvement. By setting standards for how digital information is managed and exchanged, and how digital products are created, UNDP can help ensure that new technologies are used effectively, efficiently, and ethically, to support our development goals.

Digital Standards also help UNDP to keep pace with the rapidly changing technology landscape. They provide a way for UNDP to evaluate new technologies and ensure that they are compatible with existing systems. This helps UNDP to avoid investing in outdated or incompatible technologies.

The Digital Standards build upon the Principles for Digital Development — but are UNDP-specific and leverage the experience and breadth of the organisation. 

Finally, by adhering to digital standards, UNDP can help build trust with our partners and stakeholders. When UNDP uses standard formats and protocols, it demonstrates our commitment to open communication and collaboration. This helps UNDP to establish itself as a reliable and trustworthy development partner and a thought leader in digital.

UNDP's digital standards are therefore an important part of its overall strategy for using technology to achieve its development goals. The UNDP Digital Standards have been created by extensive consultations with internal and external experts, and with a real-world understanding of a variety of UNDP projects.



Principles for

Digital Development

UNDP’s Digital Standards build upon the Principles for Digital Development, which have been endorsed by the international development community. The Principles for Digital Development are a set of living guidance intended to help practitioners succeed in applying digital technologies to development programmes.