Topic: GS3 – Digital development.
India’s Role in Accelerating the Digital Public Goods Agenda
- India’s G-20 presidency championed the G-20 Framework for Systems of Digital Public Infrastructure.
- This framework defines DPI as “a set of shared digital systems” used to “drive development,inclusion, innovation, trust, and competition and respect human rights and fundamental freedoms.”
- India’s success in issuing digital identities to nearly all its citizens demonstrates the power of DPI in promoting social inclusion and access to services.
Digital South-South Cooperation
- The Bengaluru-developed Modular Open Source Identity Platform (MOSIP) has provided digital IDs to over 97 million people in diverse countries.
- The annual assembly of the Digital Public Goods Alliance (DPGA) in Ethiopia showcases the global South’s leadership in DPI development.
- Norway supports the DPGA and is a member of the 50-in-5 campaign to make at least one national digital good available globally in the next five years.
The Norwegian Perspective
- Norway has a long history of supporting digital public goods and has provided several successful examples,such as the Yr weather forecasting service and the VIPS plant health warning system.
- Norway emphasizes the role of digital public goods in addressing food insecurity,with 24 registered digital public goods targeting SDG2 on ending food hunger.
- Norway recognizes the challenges of privacy,data leaks, and digital sovereignty in the digital domain and advocates for open solutions like digital public goods.
Following the Indian Blueprint
- Norway welcomes collaboration with India within the DPGA and the 50-in-5 campaign to draw lessons from India’s digital journey and help other countries leapfrog the digital divide.