Are you a digital innovator with a current or candidate content global good? We are excited to launch the first-ever call for content global goods. We are looking for innovative companies interested in working with us to increase the availability, adaptability, and maturity of high-quality digital health tools to address country-driven health needs. Successful applicants to this call will join the global goods community and will be featured in the next version of the Global Goods Guidebook.
At least half of the world’s population cannot obtain essential health services. Digital interventions can play a key role in extending the reach and quality of health services, improving health access and outcomes. Since 2016, Digital Square has focused on reorienting the global digital health community to better match digital health approaches to country needs—advancing digital health resources and tools that are adaptable to different countries and contexts to help close the health equity gap.
NOTE/ATTENTION: We encourage all existing global goods, as well as new tools, to apply to these notices to ensure that tools are re-evaluated for representation in the upcoming Global Goods Guidebook.
Digital Square global goods
Digital Square global goods are health-focused tools that are impactful, scalable, and adaptable to different countries and contexts. In addition, they have an active focus on becoming more interoperable, deployable, and better serving of low-middle-income country (LMIC) strategies. The following are the attributes of global goods:
Notice G1: Content Global Goods
This call focuses on the identification of content global goods for health which are currently in use on a global scale.
A mature digital health content global good is a resource, toolkit, or data standard that is available under an open license and that is used to improve or analyze the capabilities required to manage health data. Capabilities include those related to resource allocation, people, hardware, software, infrastructure, and operations.
Key attributes of a content global good are:
Examples of content global goods may include, but are not limited to:
Who can apply?
Digital Square accepts submissions from various applicators, independently or in partnership with others, including research institutes and institutions of higher education, non-governmental organizations, and private, for-profit companies. Digital Square also accepts applications for funding from innovators, digital entrepreneurs, and researchers of all nationalities based in all geographies.
Benefits of applying
Recognition as a content global good: Successful applications will be recognized as a Digital Square approved global good, which provides confidence in those wishing to utilize the content and can be used to garner donor support.
The global goods community: All successful global goods will be invited to attend the 2023 Global Good Innovators Meeting, hosted on the African continent, which serves as an opportunity to connect, learn, and gain insights from the broader global community. Select successful applicants will receive sponsorship to attend the event. This event offers unique opportunities of engaging directly with a range of donors and endorsers of the global goods guidebook and concept at large, as well as key ministries leveraging global goods, and countries interested in global goods.
Global visibility: All successfully classified global goods will be featured in the next version of the Global Goods Guidebook. This key reference catalogue forms part of the recommended guidance in selecting digital health solutions for country adoption by donors. It is endorsed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL), Digital Public Goods Alliance (DPGA), German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), US Agency for International Development (USAID), and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
Proposals are required to meet a set of minimum eligibility criteria to be considered for evaluation. The eligibility criteria are as follows:
Please download the full application for more information on evaluation criteria, data fields expected and more information on the full call.
Download Application PDF:
Application Portal (submissions closed):
Open Date: June 14, 2023
Questions Due: June 30, 2023, by 5:00 p.m. (EDT)
Question Response: by July 5, 2023
Close date: July 12, 2023