Accelerating the digital transformation of government services

We believe in the potential of digital services to improve quality of life worldwide and help the global community achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  

Why we exist

GovStack aims to break down the barriers to building sustainable digital infrastructure and help governments create human-centered digital services that empower individuals and improve well-being. 

In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development to achieve a better world by 2030.  Many of these goals rely on governments’ ability to deliver services to people.  We know that digital technology can facilitate broader access and build more inclusive and resilient societies. Plus, digital government services can foster economic growth and promote trust in government institutions.  

GovStack is helping governments simplify the digital transformation process and reduce the cost, time, and resources required to create digital platforms and services.

Our approach is based on the SDG Digital Investment Framework, to help countries make smarter and more strategic decisions in their ICT investments.

Context and Challenge

Governments and civil society struggle to keep pace with digitalization due to budget constraints, difficulties with coordination across agencies, and siloed investments in digitization.

Often, they reinvent the wheel when developing digital services. Instead of reusing existing tools and international best practices, they develop new products or rely on third parties to build a one-time solution. 

Our Solution

GovStack tackles these problems by developing specifications for reusable software components called “building blocks” that can form the foundation of a multitude of e-government services.   

Reusing the same components in multiple government e-services reduces costs, opens digital siloes, and makes coordination easier. 

GovStack is a community-led initiative

Successful e-government requires the public and private sectors, and civil society to work together. The problems we face are tough enough – we know the technology doesn’t have to be!  

You can join our efforts in the following ways:  

  1. Become an implementation country
  2. Join the tech community and support the development of new building block specifications 
  3. Join a Community of Practice and exchange with fellow practitioners  
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