Digital public infrastructure (DPI) refers to a secure and interoperable network of components that include digital identity, payments, and data exchange systems. Implementing DPI is essential to facilitating participation in markets and society in a digital era and is needed for all countries to build resilient and innovative economies, for the well-being of people. Learn more by visiting the campaign overview page.

The goal of 50-in-5 is for 50 countries to have designed, implemented, and scaled at least one component of their digital public infrastructure in a safe, inclusive, and interoperable manner in five years – by the end of 2028.

The 50-in-5 campaign aims to efficiently mobilise at least 50 countries to have designed, launched, and scaled at least one component of their digital public infrastructure stack in a safe, inclusive, and interoperable manner within a five-year period - before the end of 2028. The goal of 50 countries represents significant global demand and impact potential, and the opportunity to foster self-sustaining momentum for similar DPI implementations worldwide. The five-year timeline of the campaign reflects the duration necessary for careful planning, designing, and implementation of DPI.

The five-year timeline is deemed essential to see significant impacts from the implementation of DPI components and aligns with the time needed for improvements towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To attain the SDGs by 2030, it is imperative that numerous countries implement DPI by the end of 2028 in order for benefits to be realised.

All countries regardless of income level, geography, or where they are in their digital transformation journey can benefit from being part of 50-in-5. This includes countries that have already implemented foundational DPI components and are mainly evolving them, and countries emerging as digital leaders working to build substantial parts of their DPI in the coming five years, as well as countries that are at the very early stages of their DPI journey. All participating countries share a commitment to building safe, inclusive, and interoperable DPI and to sharing relevant learnings and best practices with other countries.

First-mover countries were the first countries to join 50-in-5, and have committed to a trailblazing role within the campaign that will allow it to gain momentum and encourage other countries to join. They are established and emerging digital public infrastructure leaders with an explicit commitment to radically shorten DPI-learning and adoption journeys for other countries by sharing lessons, best practices, and, potentially, technologies.

In addition to gaining insights from other countries' experiences in implementing DPI, there will be opportunities for curated networking, tailored learning, and advocacy - all designed to meet the specific needs of each country implementing DPI. These opportunities will cover a range of topics, including planning and architecting safe, inclusive and interoperable DPI, adopting and adapting open-source solutions/DPGs that are relevant to country DPI needs, capacity building for the public sector, strengthening and evolving the vendor ecosystem, and shaping the policy and regulatory environment for DPI, among others. Furthermore, participating countries will receive enhanced visibility within the global DPI agenda and will have their leadership showcased to a global audience through the campaign.

50-in-5 is an advocacy campaign led by participating countries in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Centre for Digital Public Infrastructure, Co-Develop, Digital Public Goods Alliance, and United Nations Development Programme, and is supported by GovStack, the Inter-American Development Bank, and UNICEF. Co-Develop and the Digital Public Goods Alliance are jointly responsible for campaign coordination.

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