28 April 2022 

Digital Convergence Initiative (DCI) 

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are driving a major shift in how social protection systems and programmes are designed and delivered. While the potential of digitalized social protection systems in immense in terms of ehnancing inclusion and efficiency, the risks of inappropriate design and implementation, especially to the most vulnerable, cannot be ignored. Several cross-sectoral initiatives have sought to address such risks by a creating shared understanding of “standards” or “good practices” to ensure that use of digital technologies is inclusive, secure and purpose-driven. The Principles for Digital Development provided a solid benchmark for what constitutes good digital development. Building upon this, this online workshop did a brainstorm over a subset of the Principles to identify: (i) key actions to implement the Principles, (ii) challenges and trade-offs involved at the country-level, (iii) risks of inaction, and (iii) practical strategies to counter challenges particularly in low- and middle-income country settings. 


  • Charlie Goldsmith, Senior Technical Adviser, CGA TECHNOLOGIES 
  • Julian Koschorke, Social Protection Specialist, World Bank 
  • Madhumitha Hebbar, Independent Consultant 
  • Saurav Bhattarai, Advisor, openIMIS Initiative, GIZ 
  • Rodrigo Assumpção, Social Protection Management Information Systems Expert, ILO 
  • Thomas Gabrielle, Senior Information Systems Advisor 
  • Veronika Wodsak, Social Protection Policy Specialist, ILO 
  • Sengchheang Chhun, Digital Transformation Advisor, Support to the Identification of Poor Households Programme, GIZ Cambodia 
  • Richard Chirchir, Principal Management Information System Specialist, Development Pathways 

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Registrants: 111


Attendees: 76


Youtube views: 156

(until august/2022)