Who we are
The Digital Convergence Initiative (DCI) is a joint effort by USP2030 members, governments, development partners, civil society organisations and private companies to create integrated and interoperable social protection information systems. Launched in 2021, the Initiative aims to build a global consensus on technical standards and guidelines for digital systems which enable the smooth exchange of data between programmes and institutions which are integral to the delivery of social protection. It believes that harmonised data sharing can improve the efficiency of social protection programmes and ultimately enhance social protection outcomes. The DCI is an open, transparent and virtual community which welcomes contributions from diverse stakeholders.
The DCI was established to build a set of consensus-based standards and guidelines for the interoperability of social protection systems. These standards have the potential to
- Foster an ecosystem for innovation by technology solution providers to build products that are interoperable, based on globally agreed standards and guidelines.
- Reduce the time and cost of developing solutions at the country or programme level.
- Design systems that are prepared for future demands, beyond the current level of maturity of policy and information systems.
- Enable countries and programs to mix and match interoperable pieces from various vendors.