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Parallel session 2.3: Sustainable digitalisation using open standards and open source tools

This session was hosted by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

Lea Gimpel, Senior Policy Manager, Digital Public Goods Alliance, gave a framing presentation and moderated the discussion between the following panelists:

  • Dr Damodar Basaula, Executive Director, Health Insurance Board (HIB), Nepal
  • Saurav Bhattarai, Advisor, Global Initiative Social Protection Innovation and Learning, GIZ
  • Anita Mittal, Senior Advisor, Digital Convergence Initiative, GIZ

The use of digital technologies to manage and deliver social protection is being prioritised throughout the world, drawing on the many experiences and lessons from the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Strategies for developing open standards and open source software-based Digital Public Goods (DPGs) are needed to prevent the duplication of efforts in developing digital solutions and to steer the path towards universal social protection most efficiently.

This session looked at the role of open standards and open source software for digital social protection. Participants explored the benefits of Digital Public Goods, particularly in enabling countries to manage and lead their digital development, and discussed the roles played by different types of organisations supporting this endeavour. The role of the Digital Convergence Initiative in the development and consensus building of open standards for social protection was presented, as well as the role of openIMIS, an open source software/DPG for the management of social protection programmes.

These presentations were shared in the course of the session:

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