IGF 2022 Open Forum #35 The Digital Public Goods Charter – Committing to the Future

Tuesday, 29th November, 2022 (14:30 UTC) - Tuesday, 29th November, 2022 (15:30 UTC)
Press Briefing Room

Panel - Auditorium - 60 Min


This session is for government officials and public employees who design, implement, use, or benefit from digital public infrastructure (DPI). DPI is often referred to as the "digital stack" and includes foundational digital systems such as ID, data exchange, administration, and consent. Over the past decade, private and public actors have invested in DPI and ground implementations aimed at improving service delivery for citizens and fueling innovation economies. Countries with this vital infrastructure in place were better able to manage public health and support citizens when COVID-19 struck. However, digital and data efforts have also revealed challenges and exposed citizens to risks, including surveillance and violations of privacy. To accelerate benefits and mitigate harms, a coalition of bilateral funders and private foundations have committed to develop the Charter for Digital Public Goods, which is rallying support for making digital public goods - open systems and software committed to do no harm - a more viable option for digital public infrastructure. Panelists will outline the vision documented in the Charter for Digital Public Goods and the endorsement process. Participants will leave this discussion with a clear understanding of the Charter for Digital Public Goods and how early endorsers are investing in safe, inclusive, and trusted digital public infrastructure.


The Digital Impact Alliance, the Digital Public Goods Alliance, and GIZ

  • In-person moderator: Axel Klaphake, Director Economic and Social Development Digitalisation, GIZ In
  • Online moderator: Chrissy Martin Meier, Director, Charter for Digital Public Goods 
  • Dr. Aminah Zawedde, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of ICT & National Guidance, Uganda
  • Mr. Anir Chowdhury, Policy Advisor, Aspire to Innovate (a2i) Programme, Cabinet Division, ICT Division, Government of Bangladesh and UNDP Bangladesh.  
  • Ms. Bineta Diop, Directorate of Science, Technology and Innovation, Sierra Leone
  • Mr. Gautham Ravichander, Head of Strategy, eGoverments Foundation, India
Onsite Moderator

Axel Klaphake

Online Moderator

Chrissy Martin Meier




9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Targets: The EPG Charter is intended to help rally support for open digital technologies that advance the Sustainable Development Goals and empower people.