Our Story

OpenSPP was created by Newlogic, a software company that has worked with governments and humanitarian agencies to develop digital information systems for social protection for more than 7 years. These systems are currently in use in more than 40 countries.

Through our past experiences, we saw first hand the positive impact that social protection can have on the lives of people affected by rising inequality, poverty, conflict and crises. We also saw the operational challenges involved in the delivery of social protection and humanitarian programs.

We created OpenSPP to support the improvement and growth of effective social protection programs using open-source technologies. Our goal is to make it easier and more cost effective for governments and humanitarian agencies to digitalize their social protection systems.

Our approach

Our mission is to develop robust and effective digital information systems which improve the coverage, efficiency, and effectiveness of social protection and humanitarian programs in low- and middle-income countries.

Our vision extends beyond technology. We are committed to developing purpose-driven digital solutions which contribute to more inclusive and equitable societies.

We believe that open standards and open-source technologies are critical for collaboration, resource optimization, innovation and usability in the digitalization of social protection systems, and beyond, as countries develop their Digital Public Infrastructure.

Guiding principles

Our guiding principles are informed by the Digital Public Goods Standard and the Principles for Digital Development.

1 · User-centricity

Our products are designed to be intuitive and pragmatic, recognizing that social protection operates in complex, resource-constrained, and rapidly changing contexts.

2 · Modularity

The platform is composed of independent modules which allow for flexibility, scalability, and the interchangeability of components.

3 · Privacy and security

We rigorously uphold privacy and security standards – essential prerequisites for safeguarding Digital Public Goods.

4 · Interoperability

The platform is designed to support system interoperability – critical for the creation of cohesive and efficient digital ecosystems.

5 · Inclusivity

Our products can be customized to suit linguistic and cultural requirements, accessibility, digital literacy, and deployment in remote and less-developed contexts.

Our team

OpenSPP is supported by a diverse team with extensive experience working on social protection systems and humanitarian cash and voucher assistance. We bring a range of knowledge and skills from our backgrounds in government, humanitarian agencies, development partners, UN agencies, non-government organizations and technology companies.

While our team members are based in different locations across Asia, our work, and our experiences, are global. Collectively we pool experience working on social protection design and delivery, and in humanitarian contexts, from multiple countries across North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, South and Southeast Asia.

We are brought together by our commitment to enhancing the implementation and delivery of social protection and humanitarian programs through purpose-driven digital solutions.

Partnerships and collaborations

Pooling resources, expertise and efforts is essential for improving the implementation and delivery of social protection programs.

OpenSPP leverages and contributes to a number of open-source projects. We are also active members of key initiatives to improve standardization in open-source solutions for social protection.

Our CTO, Jeremi Joslin, is a Technical Board member of OpenG2P, a member of G2P Connect, as well as a member of the Standardization Committee for Digital Social Protection of the USP2030 Digital Convergence Initiative.