Digital X is a Partnerships for Scale Programme developed by UNDP Chief Digital Office to find, match, and scale proven and innovative digital solutions around the world.

Here's how it works

1

Apply to a Digital X Challenge by May 31

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Get featured in the Digital X Solutions Catalogue

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Get access to UNDP global network and expertise in 170 countries

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UNDP Country Offices apply for up to USD 100,000 to work with the featured solutions
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Who can apply to the DX Global Challenges? What is the criteria?

Any team with a proven, mature digital solution can apply to a DX Global Challenges. This includes UNDP teams with digital solutions, UN teams with digital solutions, registered social enterprises, and nonprofits.

All applications will have a chance to be listed in the DX Solutions Catalogue. A selection committee will assess and evaluate the solutions against the pre-defined criteria below:

1. Sustainability, scalability and replication

  • Ready-to-scale and proven. The digital solution is operating nationwide or in multiple countries at time of application.
  • Sustainable. There is a comfortable funding runway, a profitable business model, it is Open Source, or a Digital Public Good.  
  • Well-built and well designed. Digital solutions that are mature and work well ‘behind the scenes’, have proper cyber security, solid code, can handle high amounts of traffic, and offers a well-designed user experience.

2. Problem definition and Impact

  • Solves a clear problem and offers real benefits. Digital solutions that have already proven or have high potential for impact in terms of solving real problems and making things easier, faster, or better for people, governments, partners, and the UNDP.  
  • Clear Unique Value Proposition. There is a clear reason why the digital solution is better than competitors.  

High-Impact

  • Global potential. Solution is seen by UNDP as having large potential for impacting lives at scale globally.
  • Measured impact. Digital solutions that measure meaningful indicators where a theory of change or level of impact toward an SDG can be reported.  
  • Active users. Demonstrable traction should be clear which includes high levels of active users or beneficiaries, preferably deployment(s) with government partners at least a national level.  

Commitment to bridging the digital divide and doing no harm

  • Inclusive. There should be a focus on bridging the digital divide and populations with fewer digital opportunities.  
  • Contextualized. The team should be able to demonstrate deep understanding of the needs of the populations that the digital solution is trying to serve.  
  • Commitment to ‘do no harm’. The team has considered risks to populations and is actively mitigating risks to doing harm.  
  • Commitment to data ethics and privacy. Want to know more, please see the UNDP “Data Principles” at data.undp.org/data-principles

3. Team

  • Team strength and dedication. The digital solution itself is led by a leader or a team who has the skills, dedication, and time available to lead the project for the long-term.
  • Diversity and Inclusion. A demonstrated attempt to strive for equal opportunities (gender, race, religion, etc.) in the team and other activities (supply chains, employees, customers).  
  • Technical expertise. If a social enterprise or UN digital solution, the solution has at least a CTO and/or Product Manager, or a role dedicated to owning the project with plans to continue ownership for the next 3-5 years.

Not required, but desirable:

  • Solutions that have experience working with the UN or government.  
  • If the solution is from a social enterprise or non-profit and the team is open for the solution to become open source, a Digital Public Good, or a UNDP white labeled product.

We will not consider:

  • Ideas, concepts, or early-stage digital solutions  
  • Solutions that risk or ignore data privacy of users  
  • Digital solutions without a clear owner or full-time team behind it  

Note: please ensure you download and ready the full FAQ!

What are the Global Challenges?

The Global Challenges are thematic “briefs” that are based on the digital needs that have been prioritized by the UNDP Global Policy Network, partners, and governments. The details of each challenge are available for download on the site here. In each brief you will find an overview of why we are looking for digital solutions in these specific areas along with examples of various types of digital solutions we are looking for as well. Note, however, if your team has a solution that is not listed in the examples, we still encourage you to apply if you meet the eligibility criteria. We are open to other solutions in this space, not the examples listed alone.

Note: please ensure you download and ready the full FAQ!

When are applications due?

We are reviewing applications on a rolling, first come, first serve basis now through May 31, 2022! We strongly encourage teams to apply early as we typically receive many strong applications, and the earlier you submit the greater the chances for advancing through the process more quickly.

Note: please ensure you download and ready the full FAQ!

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Why apply to
Digital X?

Teams that are selected into the Digital X Solutions Catalogue, receive:
Introductions to UNDP teams and governments in the 170 countries where UNDP operates.
Opportunity to partner with UNDP teams on projects of up to $100,000 with adhoc mentoring support.
Optional guidance on becoming a Digital Public Good and a chance for new funding opportunities.

Why apply to
Digital X?

Digital
  • An ever-evolving range of technologies (like mobile technologies, artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain, Internet of Things, and robotics to name a few) that impact all aspects of our world.
  • A mindset, which translates into a new way of working that enables people and institutions to innovate with technology.

Teams that are selected into the Digital X Solutions Catalogue, receive:

  • Introductions to UNDP teams and governments in the 170 countries where UNDP operates.
  • Opportunity to partner with UNDP teams on projects of up to USD 100,000 with adhoc mentoring support.
  • Optional guidance on becoming a Digital Public Good and a chance for new funding opportunities.

Why apply to Digital X?

Teams that are selected into the DX Solutions Catalogue, receive:

Introductions to UNDP teams and governments in the 170 countries where UNDP operates.

Opportunity to partner with UNDP teams on projects of up to $100,000 with adhoc mentoring support.

Inclusive / People-centred digital transformation: An approach that puts people at the centre of digital transformation efforts to ensure a more open, transparent, and accessible process. For UNDP, inclusive digital transformation:

  • Addresses the needs of the poorest as well as the most vulnerable and marginalized groups, including women and people with disabilities
  • Mitigates the tendency of digital transformation to exacerbate existing inequalities
  • Empowers underrepresented groups to take part in meaningful ways
  • Protects people from the adverse effects of digital technologies
  • Encourages the use and development of digital technology that is open, responsible, and rights-based.

Optional guidance on becoming a Digital Public Good and a chance for new funding opportunities.

Get connected directly to UN and government needs.

Digital
  • An ever-evolving range of technologies (like mobile technologies, artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain, Internet of Things, and robotics to name a few) that impact all aspects of our world.
  • A mindset, which translates into a new way of working that enables people and institutions to innovate with technology.

Digital X is not another accelerator. We're matchmakers. We connect UN and governments to 'scale ready' digital solutions that graduate from existing global accelerator networks.

  • Global Challenges are developed and defined by decision makers in the UNDP and often in service to requests from governments.
  • Vetted solutions are highlighted on the "DX Solutions Catalogue" that is shared globally within the UN.
  • Sponsorship and guidance is provided by our team that can help open doors to the 170 countries where UNDP operates.

Get DPG certified.

Digital
  • An ever-evolving range of technologies (like mobile technologies, artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain, Internet of Things, and robotics to name a few) that impact all aspects of our world.
  • A mindset, which translates into a new way of working that enables people and institutions to innovate with technology.

Want to take your credibility to the next level? Become certified for UNDP Digital Standards or a Digital Public Good.

  • Asynchronous learning on ethics in tech, data privacy, the importance of bridging the digital divide, and more
  • Guidance on meeting the UNDP Digital Standards or Digital Public Goods Standards
  • Gain trust from investors, governments, NGOs, and UN offices

Our Digital X Network

Digital X works with a network of existing accelerators, foundations, and programmes to filter through thousands of digital solutions and recommend the world's most proven solutions.

Digital solutions we've supported in the past

Watch our Digital X graduation video from 2021 below or read more about funded projects here.

T.RICKS Resources

Digital solutions
580
in 82 countries adopted in response to COVID-19 including 96 data collection systems, 71 e-commerce systems, 61 e-learning platforms, and 149 e-governance systems
300
country requests for digital support addressed as of October 2021
60
partner governments supported to deploy digital technologies during COVID-19 pandemic
250
digitally enabled programme responses to COVID-19 developed by country offices
100%
of country programme documents made digital references between 2019 and 2021

Want to learn more about Digital X?
Read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Download FAQ
Who can apply to the DX Global Challenges? What is the criteria?

Any team with a proven, mature digital solution can apply to a DX Global Challenges. This includes UNDP teams with digital solutions, UN teams with digital solutions, registered social enterprises, and nonprofits.

All applications will have a chance to be listed in the DX Solutions Catalogue. A selection committee will assess and evaluate the solutions against the pre-defined criteria below:

1. Sustainability, scalability and replication

  • Ready-to-scale and proven. The digital solution is operating nationwide or in multiple countries at time of application.
  • Sustainable. There is a comfortable funding runway, a profitable business model, it is Open Source, or a Digital Public Good.  
  • Well-built and well designed. Digital solutions that are mature and work well ‘behind the scenes’, have proper cyber security, solid code, can handle high amounts of traffic, and offers a well-designed user experience.

2. Problem definition and Impact

  • Solves a clear problem and offers real benefits. Digital solutions that have already proven or have high potential for impact in terms of solving real problems and making things easier, faster, or better for people, governments, partners, and the UNDP.  
  • Clear Unique Value Proposition. There is a clear reason why the digital solution is better than competitors.  

High-Impact

  • Global potential. Solution is seen by UNDP as having large potential for impacting lives at scale globally.
  • Measured impact. Digital solutions that measure meaningful indicators where a theory of change or level of impact toward an SDG can be reported.  
  • Active users. Demonstrable traction should be clear which includes high levels of active users or beneficiaries, preferably deployment(s) with government partners at least a national level.  

Commitment to bridging the digital divide and doing no harm

  • Inclusive. There should be a focus on bridging the digital divide and populations with fewer digital opportunities.  
  • Contextualized. The team should be able to demonstrate deep understanding of the needs of the populations that the digital solution is trying to serve.  
  • Commitment to ‘do no harm’. The team has considered risks to populations and is actively mitigating risks to doing harm.  
  • Commitment to data ethics and privacy. Want to know more, please see the UNDP “Data Principles” at data.undp.org/data-principles

3. Team

  • Team strength and dedication. The digital solution itself is led by a leader or a team who has the skills, dedication, and time available to lead the project for the long-term.
  • Diversity and Inclusion. A demonstrated attempt to strive for equal opportunities (gender, race, religion, etc.) in the team and other activities (supply chains, employees, customers).  
  • Technical expertise. If a social enterprise or UN digital solution, the solution has at least a CTO and/or Product Manager, or a role dedicated to owning the project with plans to continue ownership for the next 3-5 years.

Not required, but desirable:

  • Solutions that have experience working with the UN or government.  
  • If the solution is from a social enterprise or non-profit and the team is open for the solution to become open source, a Digital Public Good, or a UNDP white labeled product.

We will not consider:

  • Ideas, concepts, or early-stage digital solutions  
  • Solutions that risk or ignore data privacy of users  
  • Digital solutions without a clear owner or full-time team behind it  

Note: please ensure you download and ready the full FAQ!

What are the Global Challenges?

The Global Challenges are thematic “briefs” that are based on the digital needs that have been prioritized by the UNDP Global Policy Network, partners, and governments. The details of each challenge are available for download on the site here. In each brief you will find an overview of why we are looking for digital solutions in these specific areas along with examples of various types of digital solutions we are looking for as well. Note, however, if your team has a solution that is not listed in the examples, we still encourage you to apply if you meet the eligibility criteria. We are open to other solutions in this space, not the examples listed alone.

Note: please ensure you download and ready the full FAQ!

When are applications due?

We are reviewing applications on a rolling, first come, first serve basis now through May 31, 2022! We strongly encourage teams to apply early as we typically receive many strong applications, and the earlier you submit the greater the chances for advancing through the process more quickly.

Note: please ensure you download and ready the full FAQ!

Question 4?

Answer 4

Note: please ensure you download and ready the full FAQ!

Question 5?

Answer 5

Note: please ensure you download and ready the full FAQ!

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