India launches Global Digital Repository to share government code worldwide

This initiative aligns with India’s promotion of digital public infrastructure (DPI), urging governments to open source their apps for global use.

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India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has unveiled the Global Digital Public Infrastructure Repository, offering a collection of government-developed code accessible to nations globally. As a proponent of open-source digital public infrastructure, India aims to foster international collaboration by sharing successful projects, including Aadhaar and the Unified Payments Interface.

The repository includes 54 DPI pieces from 15 nations and the EU, featuring contributions from Japan, Oman, and France, covering digital identity, payments, fake news, COVID-19 tools, and more, signaling a shift towards code-led diplomacy in contrast to traditional infrastructure assistance.

Why does it matter?

India strategically shares successful digital projects like Aadhaar and Unified Payments Interface to strengthen global relationships, employing a code-led diplomatic approach. During its G20 presidency, India led members to secure a framework for Digital Public Infrastructure (DPI). Now, with the launch of the repository, PM Modi pledged $25 million to a Social Impact Fund, accelerating DPI implementation in the Global South for sustainable development goals.