Reference Group



The Digital Impact Alliance has set up a reference group with key experts in the digital ecosystem, to provide ongoing advisory and technical support on the Catalog of Digital Solutions.

Reference Group Objectives

  • Enhance the development of the Catalog product roadmap by reviewing research conclusions and evaluating proposed architecture, features, and functionality.

  • Promote the cross-fertilization of ideas and research results across complementary initiatives, in particular GovStack.

  • Support momentum for Catalog uptake and business model sustainability.


The reference group comprises of a diverse set of leaders and thinkers in the DPG sphere – including Digital Impact Alliance staff, digital procurement experts, donor organizations, government officials, technology providers, service providers, and other key stakeholders.

It is a group of well-rounded members with technical expertise and experience implementing global goods and services in the international development context. All reference group members meet at least one of the following membership criteria:

  • Digital public goods, procurement, information technology, software development, and/or interoperability expertise.

  • Supporting digital solutions to achieve the sustainable development goals or in the development context.

  • Capacity building, development, implementation, and/or deployment of digital solutions.

Roles and Responsibilities

Members of the reference group are strongly encouraged to review, provide feedback/input and appraise new features being incorporated into the Catalog. Each member is requested to attend two (2) hours workshop format meetings every two months. The agenda and discussion points will always be shared with all members prior to the meetings.

The members will also be requested to disseminate information relevant to the Catalog and marketplace research with any relevant stakeholders in their network i.e., other government officials, NGOs, international development actors, system integrators, service providers, and product owners.

Reference Group’s Key Objective/Goal for 2022

For this year (2022), the key expected output from the reference group is to support the Digital Impact Alliance in incorporating marketplace type features into the Catalog.

The reference group members have been requested to collectively assess the value, feasibility, and opportunity of the three prioritized marketplace types of features: 1. Vendor Storefront, 2. RFP/RFI Opportunities Radar, and 3. Product Comparision Tool. The expected output is the co-development of a well thought out, inclusive and useful product roadmap for these features.