Global Centre for Technology, Innovation
and Sustainable Development

Open Source Digital Tools to tackle COVID-19

Technology and innovation can play an important role in tackling COVID-19, accelerating how governments and societies respond to the pandemic. Recognising this, the UNDP Global Centre is compiling open-source tools to accelerate the digital response to COVID-19. Although not a panacea, technology and innovation have the potential to support governments in their efforts on-the-ground.

The tools are split into three areas:

  • Disease monitoring: identifying the spread of COVID-19 in a society
  • Prevention and containment: preventing the spread of the disease, and supporting efforts to minimise further spread
  • Diagnosis: helping citizens and governments to confirm whether individuals are infected or not.

Each tool may also require customisation for the context in which it will be deployed. This could include updates to location files to highlight local healthcare services, translation of user-interfaces into the local language(s), or larger tweaks.

These tools are not endorsed by UNDP, or the UNDP Global Centre and we do not provide any technical support in their implementation. We make them available here to support governments in their life-saving work and to accelerate their response to tackling COVID-19. Ahead of implementation, we strongly encourage all governments to conduct all necessary due diligence and to ensure that the technologies are deployed in an accountable and transparent manner. Although COVID-19 demands a quick response, it should not be at the expense of the rights of citizens.

Disease Monitoring


Prevention and Containment




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