ODE Updates: Volume IV

| 17 October 2021
Speaking at a UNGA 76 session titled “From Open Software to Open Society,” Shri Ajay Prakash Sawhney from the Ministry of Electronics & IT (MeitY) stated that “digital public goods are an article of faith for India’s digital ecosystem.” 
The #FOSS4Gov Challenge aims to engage with a community of developers to identify and build open source GovTech solutions. Read this interview with Abhishek Singh, CEO, National eGovernance Division (NeGD) and Varad Pande, Partner, Omidyar Network India, to learn more.
Debjani Ghosh, President NASSCOM, in an op-ed for Mint, explains how tech has transformed lives in India in the last 75 years. The piece highlights the success of digital platforms such as Aadhaar, Bhim UPI, eSanjeevani, and CoWin.
In this article for the India Development Review, Aishwarya Viswanathan and Deepro Guha of The Quantum Hub highlight the importance of creating social registries for digitization of welfare services and outline the key principles for designing such registries.
Using India’s PMGKY package as an example, this Center for Global Development policy paper by on social assistance looks at the need to invest in digital ID and payments infrastructure as well as local institutions and human resources.