Our Vision and Mission
Our vision: Everyone can access government services using trusted digital technologies that fit their lives and needs.
Our mission: To empower public and private organizations to make the most of the digital world by providing them with the tools and knowledge needed to successfully scale the digitalization of public services.
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.
The Problem We Solve
Governments struggle to achieve true digital transformation. 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.
The GovStack approach provides a win for government technology decision-makers and stakeholders by providing open-source technology, technical specifications for digital services, and implementation support across government sectors – and helps solve just some of the challenges outlined below.
Problems in coordination commonly occur in aligning ICT ministry work with that of other agencies.
Siloed investments and duplicative efforts by development partners promote fragmented digital governance and create silos.
Challenges in procuring and implementing affordable IT solutions persist, as do challenges in creating the necessary capital to invest in ICT infrastructure projects.
Huge challenges exist in adapting and investing in projects at scale, particularly around the rollout of physical ICT infrastructure, and the deployment and use of common data platforms.
How We Work
The Advisory Board counsels GovStack on its strategic direction. It is made up of strategic partners who bring a diverse and representative set of perspectives on e-government.
The board includes members from Donor and International Organizations, Civil Society, Private Sector, Researchers and Country Governments, all united by their passion for digital transformation.
The Governance Committee consists of representatives of GovStack’s founding partners and is responsible for the implementation of GovStack’s mission. The Committee works in conjunction with the Product and Technical committees.
Read more about the Governance Committee on the GovStack Wiki.
The Product Committee is made up of key implementation, technical, and technology partners. The team manages the roadmap and requirements for GovStack’s use cases, workflows, and building blocks. The committee is responsible for defining what GovStack works on while the technical committee focuses on how to accomplish the prioritized tasks.
Read more about the Product Committee on the GovStack Wiki.
The Technical Committee processes technical decisions and recommendations needed to advance GovStack. This concerns everything from building block specifications (GovSpecs) to the implementation of demo use cases in our Sandbox (GovTest).
Building Block Working Groups
The Building Block Working Groups consist of subject-matter experts on each building block functionality and are a mix of individual experts, representatives from partners, private sector companies, or country governments. There is one group per identified building block, with a designated product owner leading each group.
Learn more about how to get engaged.
The Country Community is made of key partners for the regional implementation of GovStack into country-level digital transformation strategies. The members share experiences and knowledge on digitalization of government services with other stakeholders within the GovStack community.
Learn more how to engage as a country.