Advancing Digital Transformation and Digital Public Infrastructure: The Role of the Private Sector
CSIS’s Project on Prosperity and Development (PPD), in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is conducting a yearlong research and outreach project on the United States’ role in advancing the digital public infrastructure (DPI) agenda to expand economic growth and women’s economic empowerment in developing countries. This event will focus on the role that U.S. agencies and companies play in advancing digital transformation in developing countries, and how they approach the different elements of digital public infrastructure.
DPI can be regarded as the foundation and the enabling systems that allow digital services to be provided to citizens and the private sector. The Internet and the Global Positioning System (GPS) are some of the earliest examples of DPI. What stands out about DPI is the recognition that it can unlock a more coherent ecosystem of thinking that crosses different sectors. DPI is the critical infrastructure that allows a connected approach that promotes interoperability and cross-cutting solutions that prioritize trust, safety, inclusion, and accessibility. As countries continue their digital transformation journeys, investing in DPI can become a crucial tool to improve the overall well-being and quality of life of their citizens.
This event is made possible through the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.