Drupal Website Software Recognized as a Digital Public Good

May 9th, 2023 | News


We recently initiated an effort to help register the Drupal web content management system as a digital public good by the Digital Public Good Alliance (DPGA). As open-source software, Drupal is by definition accessible to all. To be recognized as a digital public good, it also must meet nine standards, including adhering to privacy laws and best practices and helping to attain the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

JSI uses Drupal to create websites and digital experiences for many of our clients that align with and support the UN Sustainable Development Goal to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. Several of our staff also volunteer their time and expertise to maintain and improve the Drupal system as contributors.

Daniel Cothran, JSI’s Drupal lead, helped start the DPGA application. “For more than 10 years, Drupal has helped our teams operate more efficiently and enabled us to provide value to project participants. I’m proud to see this recognition of Drupal’s contributions toward achieving the sustainable development and public health goals that JSI works toward on behalf of our clients and partners,” he says.

Our Drupal-powered project websites include:

  • The Reproductive Health National Training Center (RHNTC): The RHNTC provides training and technical assistance to strengthen the capacity and meet the needs of Title X Family Planning and Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program grantees and staff. JSI manages the RHNTC in collaboration with the HHS Office of Population Affairs and the Office on Women’s Health.
  • The TB DIAH Data Hub: The Data Hub is part of the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) performance-based measures to end TB—the Global Accelerator to End Tuberculosis—and contains data and information for decision-making.
  • USAID Advancing Nutrition: USAID Advancing Nutrition envisions a world in which countries, communities, and families are well nourished, resilient, and able to thrive. Through the website, the project develops, curates, packages, and shares multi-sectoral nutrition knowledge and evidence in global nutrition programming.
  • The Country Health Information Systems and Data Use (CHISU): The USAID-funded CHISU project strengthens country capacity, leadership, and self-reliance to manage and use high-quality health information systems to facilitate evidence-based decision-making.
  • STOP Spillover: The USAID-funded STOP Spillover project works with in-country partners to understand and minimize the threats posed by zoonotic viral diseases and reduce the risk of viral spillover and spread.

In a recent blog post about the digital public good distinction, Drupal founder Dries Buytaert said, “We’re helping to make the Open Web better, safer, and more inclusive for everyone. This benefits not only our users, but also has a far-reaching impact on society that will last for decades to come.”

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