What is OpenG2P?
OpenG2P is an open-source platform that enables governments and humanitarian organizations the ability to deliver critical benefits directly to those who need them. It facilitates the building of registries and delivery systems for social protection, while reducing exclusion. Its modular technology reuses and augments existing systems in countries, without discarding what works or starting from scratch.
OpenG2P has received contributions from numerous organizations and implementers. Its roadmap includes support for non-monetary benefits, proof of delivery, beneficiary management, secure registries, and decision-making support.
The project is housed at the International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore, which is a research university.
OpenG2P is built on a bedrock of good practices and principles, that will continue to drive our journey towards empowering populations around the world through technology.
Versatile by developing technology that is interoperable
Transparent by being open-source, vendor neutral, and open to community contributions and feedback
Inclusive through human-centric design that leaves no one behind
Sustainable by being cost- and time-efficient and cognisant of existing efforts
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Origin and Evolution
OpenG2P was founded by Salton Massally, David Sengeh, and Keyzom Ngodup Massally as a Digital Public Good. Keyzom and Salton’s prior experience with the UNDP Payments Program and digitization systems for health workers in Sierra Leone, respectively, led them to realize that governments were facing the same challenges in the COVID-19 pandemic as they had witnessed and solved during the 2014 - 16 Ebola crisis.
Thus, in early 2020, Salton reached out to colleagues at the Mifos Initiative, to leverage the open-source building blocks originally defined in 2014 to create a reference framework for governments worldwide.
Together, they built and deployed a modern open-source system that led to US$ 10 million in savings, removal of thousands of ghost workers, and a successful payments program that paid the right amount, on time, to the right frontline workers.
This evolving effort was brought to life with support from several volunteers, international funding, and a joint desire to contribute to an open and inclusive approach to payments, privacy, gender equality, and giving financial assistance to the informal sector. OpenG2P seeks to fulfill the UN Secretary’s Goals of creating digital public goods. In 2021, additional building blocks and on the ground coordination are being led by DSTI, the Government of Sierra Leone, and with technical project support from the Mifos Initiative.
OpenG2P now has a new home in the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore (IIIT-B), to promote product development and a go-to market at scale. This phase has started with significant open source contributions from Newlogic and Fynarfin.