When issuing ID cards, transferring tax money, providing unemployment benefits, social assistance or educational services, digital technologies are a must-have. They allow, for example, cash payments to vulnerable households or individuals even in remote areas. Required are different basic components, such as information about registered recipients, payouts and the like in databases that are provided in form of digital building blocks.
To scale these kind of lighthouse projects as easily and inexpensively as possible to then apply them elsewhere, the GovStack approach uses references from partner countries such as Ukraine, Rwanda, Somalia, Djibouti, and Kenya. These pilot projects ought to serve as guideposts for further implementations.
The practical realisation calls for the provision of a sandbox made of software components – a digital test environment in which one’s own systems can be adjusted or even emulated safely and in isolation without compromising the existing development environment. To this end, an open-source IT infrastructure that is accessible to all, securely and independently of existing cloud providers must be built.