Digital public goods for SDG attainment

A villager goes through the process of a fingerprint scanner for the Unique Identification (UID) database system at an enrolment centre at Merta district in the desert Indian state of Rajasthan February 22, 2013. In a more ambitious version of programmes that have slashed poverty in Brazil and Mexico, the Indian government has begun to use the UID database, known as Aadhaar, to make direct cash transfers to the poor, in an attempt to cut out frauds who siphon billions of dollars from welfare schemes. Picture taken February 22, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY POVERTY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)

In this ninth interview of the “17 Rooms” podcast, Lucy Harris, Sanjay Jain, and Liv Marte Kristiansen Nordhaug discuss how digital public goods can enable digital cooperation, sustainable development, and innovation. Harris, co-lead of the Digital Public Goods Alliance, Jain, partner at the Bharat Innovation Fund, and Nordhaug, co-lead of the Digital Public Goods Alliance, moderated Room 9 focused on Sustainable Development Goal number 9—on industry, innovation, and infrastructure—during the 2021 17 Rooms flagship process.

“17 Rooms” is a podcast about actions, insights, and community for the Sustainable Development Goals and the people driving them. The podcast is co-hosted by John McArthur—senior fellow and director of the Center for Sustainable Development at The Brookings Institution, and Zia Khan—senior vice president for innovation at The Rockefeller Foundation.

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