CITAPP Seminar Series Talk by Kamya Chandra on ‘A Secret Sauce to Inclusive Digitisation at Scale? A Review of the Digital Public Infrastructure Approach’

Date: 15/11/2023

About the Talk:

The DPI approach was the root of success for networks such as the internet or mobile. Today, it has been adopted by India, Brazil, Singapore, Thailand, and many other countries around the world to drive unprecedented leaps in financial, social, health, and educational inclusion. This session unpacks the core elements of a DPI approach – one that is digital, but doesn’t require smartphones or connectivity to scale; public-minded, but crafted to exponentially drive private innovation; and infrastructure-driven, but unusually low cost. It will review India’s successes and works-in-progress in both implementing DPI and taking it to the world via the G20 forum.

Speaker Bio:

Kameshwari (Kamya) Chandra is Chief Strategy Officer at the global Centre for Digital Public Infrastructure (DPI), working to guide countries in the design and implementation of digital public infrastructure to power financial inclusion, access to health and education, and economic growth via verifiable identifiers, payments, data sharing, discovery protocols, and trust infrastructure. She is also Advisor on DPI to the Indian Ministry of Finance, and worked closely with them and the Reserve Bank of India on the rollout of the Account Aggregator framework which has scaled up to enable consented data sharing for over 1.7 Billion bank accounts. She worked previously at the World Bank’s Digital Identification for Development initiative focused in the West Africa region, at the tech-policy think tank iSPIRT Foundation based in Bangalore, and at the Boston Consulting Group in London focused on the Public Sector practice. She holds an MPA in International Development from the London School of Economics, a certificate in Leading Economic Growth at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a BA in Economics and Political Science from St. John’s University.

The talk was followed by a discussion and Q&A

CITAPP’s Monthly Seminar Series is an attempt to create a forum where researchers across IIITB domains can meet and discuss cutting-edge research on the chosen theme of the semester. The Series hopes to explore a technology or topic for its ramifications in different realms of social activity. In particular, we are interested in understanding the specific kinds of complexity that these domains present for technological innovation and design.

CITAPP at IIIT Bangalore is an interdisciplinary think-tank set-up to focus on the policy challenges and the organizational demands made by technological innovation. Of particular interest to the Centre is how technological advances, along with institutional changes that harness the legitimacy and the powers of bureaucracies and market, address the needs of underserved communities.