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DPGA boosts online presence with website revamp and on-demand CI/CD pipeline

In 2019, the governments of Sierra Leone and Norway, alongside UNICEF and iSPIRT, launched the Digital Public Goods Alliance (DPGA). Its mission is to accelerate the attainment of the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) sustainable development goals (SDGs) by leveraging digital public goods.


Since then, the DPGA has welcomed over 25 members, and has added 150 digital public goods to the DPG Registry including open-source software, open data, open content collections and open AI systems across the 17 sustainable development goals. 


Projects leveraging digital public goods cover multiple industries — health information systems, accessible technology Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), platforms for financial services inclusion and more.


Partnering with DPGA


As the collaboration and contributions grew in number and scope, the DPGA needed a clear and transparent way to meaningfully engage with its stakeholders like governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), tech organizations, researchers, think tanks and independent technologists. As a result of the rapid pace of growth, the alliance’s website was not adequately serving this purpose. An upgrade was needed. 


In this blog, we share our approach to working with the DPGA team to overcome their business challenge.


The DPGA partnered with Thoughtworks to revitalize its website, improve user experience and strengthen development capabilities. The predominant guiding principles for the redesign were:


  • To clearly define digital public goods and evangelize them into everyday language

  • To be transparent about conversations, collaboration, projects and updates of the alliance and its members

  • To share progress on ongoing activities across the digital public goods ecosystem

  • To invite nominations for, evaluate and share new digital public goods at a regular cadence

  • To consolidate all the recognized digital public goods and make them easily accessible

  • To share knowledge and thought leadership around standards, strategy, best practices and more

  • To allow interested individuals to connect with the alliance or join the DPG community


Our approach

Today, the DPGA website offers an intuitive interface that helps visitors easily navigate, discover and engage with digital public goods. This creates a powerful avenue for the DPGA to build meaningful and impactful relationships with our stakeholders worldwide.
Lucy Harris
Co-Lead of the Digital Public Goods Alliance


User-centric design


The first step in any revamp project is to figure out ‘the why.’ The Thoughtworks team conducted in-depth interviews and conversations to understand the alliance’s goals. We spoke to various stakeholders and defined their needs. This was followed by an outline of how the DPGA website could leverage user-centric design practices to effectively serve all stakeholders.


Tech stack


In line with the DPGA’s strategy, Thoughtworks worked with an open-source tech stack for the entire software development lifecycle. Here’s an overview of the tech stack used:


  • JFrog for CI/CD and pipeline management 

  • WordPress for content management

  • React.js for front-end development

  • GitHub Pages for hosting and the website’s build process 

  • GitHub Actions for workflow automation

  • Selenium for UI testing automation

  • TestNG for unit, functional and integration testing


Data curation and insights


To meet the primary goal of making all digital public goods easily discoverable and accessible across the world, Thoughtworks enhanced the DPG Registry’s UX. Today, the registry lists all 150 digital public goods with their description, license and past year of activity, updated in real-time from GitHub. The website also showcases information about SDG relevance, ownership, documentation, privacy and security, scale, application log and more.


On-demand CI/CD pipeline

To ensure scale and ease of development, Thoughtworks designed and implemented a customized CI/CD pipeline that was perfectly aligned with the DPGA’s requirements. This implementation empowers the alliance to sustainably and swiftly deliver website updates, automate testing, and perform rapid iteration and effective collaboration towards accelerated dissemination of digital public goods. The recommended CI/CD pipeline also reduces manual effort by automating the software change process, enabling faster and more reliable software releases for the alliance.

The website is an important milestone in the DPGA’s journey. Together, the DPGA and Thoughtworks can drive global progress and bridge the digital divide to create a positive societal impact.
Ricardo Mirón Torres
Technical Coordinator and Community Manager at the Digital Public Goods Alliance


The collaborative work that both Thoughtworks and DPGA have put in towards upgrading the latter's web presence is in line with what DPGA wants to achieve: unlock the potential of open-source technologies for a more equitable world. Additionally, if you'd like to learn more about how Thoughtworks has partnered with the DPGA, you can find out more in this news post.


Disclaimer: The statements and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the positions of Thoughtworks.

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