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Digital Development Partnership

Panta's Digital Development Partnership helps developing countries leverage modern digital innovations  to solve their most urgent challenges.

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Digital Development Focus Areas

The Digital Development Partnership (DDP) brings public and private sector partners together to cultivate support to developing countries in the articulation and implementation of digital development strategies and plans. 


Together with development banks, this partnership makes digital solutions available to developing countries with an emphasis on the following areas:

  • Data and indicators

  • Digital economy enabling environment

  • Cybersecurity

  • Access to the internet

  • Digitalising government

  • Mainstreaming digital services, solutions, and platforms.

As digital progress is fast and primarily private sector driven, DDP draws on best practices from client countries and the private sector. Panta is bringing together traditional partners from the development community and leading global IT firms. Much of this digital development agenda is encouraged through loans and grants from the World Bank and other development partners.


Digital technology helps address the toughest development challenges we face. It can provide access to valuable information, overcome remoteness which results in exclusion, and offers immense economic opportunities when implemented correctly. Digital technologies have been widely regarded as having tremendous potential by world leaders, academics, the private sector and development experts. This is also reflected in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 9 (SDG 9), which set out a target to "significantly increase access to information and communications technology and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the internet in the least developed countries by 2020". Today, the private sector has put enormous effort into Digital Development Partnerships by creating ambitious projects which change the face of the worlds information landscape. The Panta Transportation Network and Elon Musk's Starlink are just some examples of the ways the private sector is making unreliable, expensive, or completely unavailable technology accessible to the entire world. 

Data and Indicators

By choosing Panta as your Digital Development Partner, we scale up the use of data and indicators in your country via our big data capabilities. These metrics are used to set benchmarks and improve the readiness of our clients to begin reaping the economic benefits of digitalisation. We combine information on the current use of digital technologies with an assessment of the regulatory environment. These will inform our DDP priorities.

Digital Economy Enabling Environment

Regulatory frameworks are required to support digital economies. Panta's experience with helping draft these frameworks means we are skilled in removing bottlenecks in the development of digital ecosystems, updating outdated regulations which impede digital development and enabling an environment which allows for responsible competition. Issues surrounding the policy and regulation of the digital space include: digital identification, digital e-money wallets, fragmented databases, cloud services, open data, consumer privacy and data protection, and the interaction between digital regulations and other sector regulations.


Cybersecurity concerns grow proportionately with the adoption of digital services and infrastructure. We will help advance the capacity of our clients in the development of cybersecurity policies and standards, and support good practices in the use of cybersecurity tools, safeguards, and risk management instruments.

Access to the Internet

Our strategic relationships with some of the worlds leading internet providers support client countries in enhancing their connectivity, covering matters of national policy and strategy, regulation and markets, technological standards, infrastructure sharing and development, spectrum management, and regional ICT markets.

Digitalising Governemnent

When it comes to Digital Development Partnerships, government systems are always top of mind. By using the tremendous potential of digital technologies for government services we improve service delivery, foster transparency and efficiency in public administration, and empower all citizens and local businesses. DDP supports client governments in the development of digital government infrastructure platforms and shared services. We work across areas including digital government leadership, public sector IT architecture and governance, data and analytics platforms, database consolidation and interoperability.

Mainstreaming Digital Services, Solutions, and Platforms

Implementation of digital projects has a huge impact on everybody in the community, affecting all levels of the socio-economic ladder. In the area of transportation and mobility, for example, digital solutions can help increase efficiency, access, and reduce CO2 emissions and fraud. Panta cultivates digital capabilities in a range of areas where collaboration with the World Bank, United Nations, ID2020, Google, Amazon, and other firms, donors, and partners can foster growth and inclusion. This implies jointly leveraging digital enablers such as the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, and mobile platforms and payment systems.

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Learn more about the broader development benefits of using digital technologies Here

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