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Upcoming Event: Steering Group Meeting

It's that time again: The openIMIS initiative invites to the Steering Group Meeting. On November 25 it will be all about Digital Public Goods. The guiding theme of the meeting: implementation and collaboration between digital public goods in social protection. The background for this choice of topic is the certification of openIMIS as a digital public good by the Digital Public Good Alliance. Since September 2021 openIMIS is listed in the digital public goods registry

The event is hosted by the Steering Group participants: the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) as well as the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). It is aimed at experts from bilateral implementing agencies, donors and international organisations working in the fields of digitalisation, health and social protection. Participants are invited to engage in the implementation of digital public goods in social protection and to collaborate on the development of standards and guidelines for digital social protection. 

The virtual event will be held in English only. If you are interested in participating in the Steering Group Meeting, please reach out to us by email: [email protected] or [email protected] 


Digital public goods in social protection (25 Nov 2021, 10:00 am—12:30 pm GMT+1)

10.00 – 10.20
Welcome, greeting and introduction
•    Opening remarks Katrin Oellers, Head of Division Population Policy, Social Protection / BMZ 
•    Opening remarks Alexander Schulze, Head of Global Programme Health Division / SDC

10.20 – 10.25
openIMIS digest
•    Overview on use cases and country implementations; Jean Brice Tetka, Advisor, openIMIS Coordination Desk / GIZ

10.25 – 11.00
Session I: Implementing a digital public good
Facilitator: Alexander Schrade, Senior Policy Officer, Division Population Policy, Social Protection / BMZ
•    Enabel’s digital strategy and openIMIS; Jan Kennis, D4D Lead Expert, Enabel
•    Enabel on implementation in Niger; Doferegouo Soro, Technical Assistant in Health Financing / Enabel, Niger
•    PharmAccess on implementation in Zanzibar; Heri Marwa, Country Director / PharmAccess, Tanzania 
•    openIMIS Coordination Desk support; Saurav Bhattarai, Advisor, openIMIS Coordination Desk / GIZ
•    Q&A on lessons learnt 

11.00 – 12.15
Session II: Panel Discussion: Collaboration between digital public goods in social protection
Facilitator: Olivier Praz, Senior Policy Advisor, Global Programme Health / SDC
•    openIMIS Initiative; Saurav Bhattarai, Advisor, openIMIS Coordination Desk / GIZ
•    Core MIS; Ubah Thomas Ubah, Social Protection Specialist & Co Team Lead for Core MIS / World Bank
•    HOPE; Alexis Boncenne, Emergency Specialist, Beneficiary Data Management / UNICEF (10 min)
•    Needs for standards & interoperability for users; Rodrigo Asumpcao, Social Protection MIS Expert, Social Protection Department/ILO
•    Social Protection Convergence initiative; Anita Mittal, Senior Advisor Digital Social Protection / GIZ 
•    Discussion

12.15 – 12.25
Wrap up and invitation to join the openIMIS Steering Group
Ralf Radermacher, Head of Programme for Sector & Global Initiative Social Protection / GIZ


The initiative has offered an introduction to the software and the initiative itself for those joining the meeting for the first time. The openIMIS warm-up call has taken place on November 23. Please find the presentation in the wiki.