When COVID-19 accelerated digital transformation globally, it highlighted the difference between strong and weak digital infrastructure. Countries have a narrow window to ensure they have digital networks that safely and efficiently deliver economic opportunities and social services to all residents. This is digital public infrastructure.
DPI is like roads
Digital public infrastructure, or DPI, is similar to roads, which form a physical network essential for people to connect with each other and access a huge range of goods and services.
These goods and services are vital in creating economic opportunity across many sectors-including finance, health, and agriculture.
But what happens when people don’t have access to these goods and services?
It results in limited inclusion, particularly affecting women and poor people.
It restricts choice in the range of goods and services available and how to access them.
It poses cybersecurity and regulatory safety concerns.
Addressing these challenges is crucial to promote equal opportunities, diverse access to goods and services, and a safer digital environment for all.
When countries implement DPI...
Similarly, the elements of DPI—digital ID, payments, and data exchange—form a cohesive digital network that enables countries to safely and efficiently open economic opportunities and deliver social services to its residents.
People have access to the goods and services they need to live healthy, productive lives, making the country stronger and more resilient.
They save time and money, while having the freedom to make choices to meet the unique needs of themselves and their families.
The benefits of DPI
Watch: DPI in action
The India Post Payments Bank offers digital banking services such as cash withdrawals and deposits, remittances, and utility payments to 70 million people. In this video, a branch postmaster in Bangalore named Kusuma K. explains the impact of digital banking in her community and her pride in playing this important role.
Ramesh Narayanan, who saw a computer for the first time as a college student, shares how he has melded a passion for technology with a desire to help others. As chief technology officer at MOSIP, which stands for Modular Open-Source Identity Platform, he is a leading force behind a digital ID system that any country can use and customize.
Women in many parts of the world are excluded from the financial system. As a result, they have less control over their lives and futures. But that’s changing as digital tools reach communities that lack easy access to physical banks. Ram Bhatari from India tells her story.
Meet Rajesh. Access to digital services allowed her to take control of her finances and empowered her to make decisions for herself. By bridging the gender gap in the digital world, women can unlock their full potential and drive economic growth.
Ways we’re working to expand DPI
DPI initiatives we support
Mojaloop open source software lowers the cost to build, maintain, and modify inclusive instant payment systems (IIPS) that bring affordable, connected digital financial services to anyone with access to a mobile phone.
The Modular Open Source Identity Platform (MOSIP) is a robust, scalable, and inclusive platform on which national foundational IDs are built and configured in an efficient and cost effective way.
Co-Develop accelerates the adoption of digital public infrastructure in a way that is inclusive, safe, and equitable.
The Digital Public Goods Alliance aims to unlock the potential of open-source technologies for a more equitable world.
The Digital Impact Alliance aims to connect people with evidence to build the digital tools that work for society.