Founding partners

ITU, Estonia, GIZ, and the Digital Impact Alliance began a collaboration in 2020 with the goal of accelerating national digital transformation and the digitalization of government services for achievement of Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

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Ways to engage

We are actively looking for like-minded partners and interested country representations to join us in our journey. Contact us at and let’s talk. 

The following are 6 initial scenarios where we wish to seek support from interested organizations or alignment with partner activities/strategies. Note that these are only to set the frame on how partnership discussion might be guided and are to be further developed. We welcome any other idea and approach to collaboration. 

  1. Strategic In-Country Implementation and Support. A stakeholder can contribute to strategic in-country implementation and support by playing a key role in harnessing and connecting partner governments that are interested in working with the stakeholder to implementing the GovStack model. The stakeholder can also become a key partner for regional piloting and incorporating GovStack into country-level digitalization strategies. Outputs resulting from cooperation between the stakeholder and the GovStack initiative could also be translated into a practical implementation manual incorporating technical elements.
  2. Lead-Partner for an ICT Building Block. A stakeholder can lead the effort of individual working groups for specific ICT Building Blocks (e.g., digital ID, payment, registration, or an emerging area such as AI). As an honest broker, the stakeholder can ensure balance within the working groups.   
  3. Sustaining the Practice. A stakeholder can play an essential role designing and supporting the establishment of a dedicated body to maintain and scale up the model government platform (as a digital public good). The stakeholder can assist with continuously updating open-source requirements and specifications that need to adapt to new contexts, needs and technologies. We envision that this initial set of ICT Building Blocks and subsequent model government platform the eventual Digital Public Goods that will be outputs from the GovStack initiative would require a standalone program or entity, such as an organization or a foundation, that is dedicated to their maintenance and continued applicability. This will become an important element of the GovStack initiative once the initial scope of the initiative is fulfilled. 
  4. Ensure Country- and Civic-Centricity. A stakeholder can help to ensure country- and civic-centricity by facilitating the inclusion of partner governments and authorities to bolster open and user-centered design processes. The stakeholder encourages the participation of country ministry staff and civil society organizations in the learning process and provides opportunities for sharing best practices to co-inform the development of ICT Building Blocks. Additionally, the stakeholder can develop and incorporate other priority use-cases that could be addressed and showcased through the model government platform.  The stakeholder leverages the existing suite of digital governance assessments as well as existing in-country engagements. The stakeholder can provide guidance to the cooperation between country governments and the GovStack initiative to foster development of good practices for digital governance.
  5. Ecosystem Strengthening. While cooperation between the GovStack initiative and various stakeholders helps to accelerate the implementation of coordinated GovStack solutions through this exercise, there is also demand for stakeholders that strengthen target countries’ digital ecosystems while boosting buy-in and momentum for such a whole-of-government approach. A stakeholder who helps to strengthen digital ecosystems will support target countries in setting up the right operational processes and strategies to actually put the GovStack model into practice. This might include supporting countries in setting up dedicated channels or offices to examine their digital governance solutions as a whole.
  6. Leading Country Advocate. Interested countries with sufficient experience to demonstrate their digitalization journey and interest in supporting other partner governments to do the same may opt to sign a declaration of interest (TBD) to support this work, share best practices, be a champion country advocating for the adoption of principles of integration, interoperability, reuse and shared digital infrastructure, and to support capacity development and knowledge transfer needs.
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