DCI Objective

Challenge and Approach

The objective of DCI and the standards

Challenges: Fragmentation, Silos, and the Lack of Harmonization

Despite widespread recognition of the benefits that digital solutions can unleash, countries are facing challenges to fully realize them. While social protection programs follow a common set of processes; fragmentation and the inability to communicate amongst themselves hinder their full utilization. This absence of harmonization and interoperability not only impedes the attainment of social protection outcomes but also results in the inefficient utilization of public funds.

The healthcare sector has interoperability architecture and standards, such as OpenHIE 5 and FHIR standards. However, no such standards exist for the social protection sector. The DCI aims to address this gap.

Solution: A Framework for Interoperability Standards

To create an interoperable social protection delivery system, a framework for interoperability with standard processes, standard data elements and code directories, and standard APIs is required. This framework must provide a common terminology and structure for use across various social protection domains. With a well-designed interoperability framework, systems can be made interoperable and scalable for future transaction volumes, ensuring a smooth flow of information between different parts of the Social Protection Information System, beneficiaries, private sector players, and governments.

The DCI aims to create such framework in a consensus-built manner. The result is what you are reading now documented on this DCI GitBook and more technically on GitHub.

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