We are excited to invite you to the webinar series "The Digital Hour" organized by the Chief Digital Office (CDO). If you are interested in all things digital, and want to know how others across UNDP and from other agencies and businesses are using digital to maximize their impact, this webinar series is for you.

About this session

In 2021 alone, UNDP built, invested in, and implemented 580 digital solutions in 82 countries in response to COVID-19.  Working across a network of 170 country offices, the scale of UNDP’s investments in digital solutions to solve critical development challenges in countries is significant. However, too many valuable digital products fail to build the necessary traction to sustain itself over the long term and wither away when the project funding ends. 

In this session, we will hear Assane Gueye, Head of CMU Africa-led Upanzi Network, and feature experts and leaders from mature Digital Public Goods (DPGs) to share what it takes to transform digital solutions into sustainable open-source products with a business model for optimizing development impact and contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals.


  • Assane Gueye, Head of CMU Africa/Upanzi Network
  • Lucy Harris, Co-lead of the Digital Public Goods Alliance (DPGA)
  • Heath Arensen, Director at the Open-Source Center of the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL)
  • Robert McTavis of Primero by UNICEF, a DPG for confidential case management and incident monitoring in social welfare, child protection, and gender-based violence
  • Ed Cable of Mifos, a DPGs platform for delivering the complete range of financial services needed for an effective financial inclusion

Connection details

 Date: Wednesday, 13 April 2022

 Time: 8:00 AM New York | 3:00 PM Addis Ababa/ Istanbul | 7:00 PM Bangkok

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Session materials

Click here for the PPT presentation, and find the recording below.

Each webinar lasts approximately 60 minutes. The agenda:

  1. Opening and introductions – Keyzom Massally & Ben Bertelsen, UNDP Chief Digital Office – 5 minutes

  2. Product Management and Building Sustainability into DPGs – Lucy Harris, DPGA – 10 minutes 

  3. Moderated Roundtable Between Recognized DPGs and experts - 30 minutes 

  4. Q&A - 10 minutes 

  1. Evaluation & Closing poll – Ben Bertelsen, UNDP Chief Digital Office – 5 minutes

The Digital Hour webinar series purpose is twofold: 

  1. First, we want to celebrate the people who work tirelessly at the digital frontline and that show extraordinary effort in their daily work.
  2. Second, we want to create a forum for learning and discussion, so that others can be inspired by the speakers, ask questions, learn and apply new knowledge and skills to their individual contexts.

 Read the Concept Note for 'The Digital Hour' webinar series.

 Explore the Sessions Schedule of upcoming events in "The Digital Hour" webinar series.

 For more information, please contact us at: digital@undp.org.


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