Shape next-generation digital public infrastructure

The challenge

3 billion people live on less than $5 per day. Until recently, companies have struggled to reach them. Technology is expanding access and radically transforming the economics of serving the poor. The growing trend of developing world governments implementing next-generation digital public infrastructure unlocks market opportunities.

Our solution

Shape next-generation digital public infrastructure, to accelerate the development and scale-up of innovative services for underserved households and businesses

We and the Gates Foundation are convening industry leaders to focus on the development of new products and services for the poor that leverage digital public infrastructure platforms.

The private sector can create use cases to:

Improve livelihoods (e.g., increase productivity in microretail or agriculture; new employment in gig economy); Deliver needed services (e.g., cheaper cross-border remittances); Improve human capital (e.g., education platforms for rural farmers)

Shape the core digital public infrastructure (e.g., functionality, open source platforms, design standards) in a way that best enables companies to deliver valuable products and services to all

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Develop new use cases for digital products in emerging economies

Support the expansion of digital public infrastructure in emerging markets

Shape national digital infrastructure and support developers that build application programming interfaces (APIs) and design standards

In collaboration with

The Gates Foundation’s Financial Services for the Poor (FSP) program supports government and private-sector partners in a shared effort to establish financial services for the world’s poorest to use to build more prosperous and secure lives for themselves, their families, and their communities.

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