Global Digital Public Infrastructure Repository

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Overview:

Recently, the Prime Minister of India announced the launch of two India-led initiatives: the Global Digital Public Infrastructure Repository and a Social Impact Fund.

About Global Digital Public Infrastructure Repository

  • It is created by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).
  • It is a comprehensive resource hub, pooling essential lessons and expertise from G20 members and guest nations.
  • Its primary aim is to bridge the knowledge gap in the choices and methodologies required for the design, construction, deployment, and governance of DPIs.
  • The GDPIR showcases the information in a standardized format from countries and organizations that have developed DPIs at scale, incorporating elements such as maturity scales, source codes (where available), and governance frameworks. Currently, the GDPIR features 54 DPIs from 16 countries.
  • The DPIs from India that have been incorporated in the GDPIR are: Aaadhaar, Unified Payments Interface (UPI), DigiLocker, Umang, eSanjeevani, API Setu, Co-WIN, Government e-marketplace, Diksha, E-Hospital, Poshan Tracker and Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM)

What is Digital public infrastructure (DPI)?

  • It encompasses foundational elements or frameworks like digital identification, payment infrastructure, and data exchange solutions.
  • These components play a crucial role in facilitating countries to provide vital services to their citizens, fostering empowerment, and enhancing lives through the promotion of digital inclusion.

Key facts about Social Impact Fund (SIF)

  • It is envisioned as a government led multistakeholder initiative to fast-track DPI implementation in the global south.
  • This fund will offer financial support to provide upstream technical and non-technical assistance to countries in developing DPI systems.
  • It offers a platform for all relevant stakeholders, including other governments, international organizations, and philanthropic entities, to contribute to this fund and help accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) through DPIs.
  • India has pledged an initial commitment of $25 million. 

Q1) What is Poshan Tracker App?

This application provides a 360-degree view of the activities of the Anganwadi Centre (child care centers), service deliveries of Anganwadi Workers and complete beneficiary management for pregnant women, lactating mothers and children under six. It also digitizes and automates physical registers used by workers to help improve the quality of their work.

Source: Prime Minister announces completion of Global Digital Public Infrastructure Repository and creation of a Social Impact Fund to advance Digital Public Infrastructure in Global South