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Tech for Social Good

Tech for Social Good leverages GitHub’s platform, products, community, and people to strengthen the social sector’s efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Tech for Social Good’s Commitment to the SDGs

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a powerful global framework to measure human development. In aligning its work with the SDGs, Tech for Social Good ensures its efforts are supporting clear and transparent measures of human progress. We tracked how we used our time to support 8 of the 17 SDGs.

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Our Key Activities

Research

We answer key questions to help the social sector build better technology solutions and collaborative cultures.

Community building

We bring together communities around the SDGs and technology topics that are relevant in the social sector.

Guides and Tools

We create guides, case studies and other resources to help the social sector use and contribute back to open source solutions.

Sponsorship

We support community events that promote Tech for Social Good work on the SDGs.

Highlighted Programs

Linda, the founder of MERL Tech, at the speaker's podium

MERL Center

The monitoring, evaluation, research & learning (MERL) Center is an open source community founded by Tech for Social Good and in partnership with MERL Tech. Members of the MERL Center collaborate to create guides, case studies and other resources on if, how and when to use open source for MERL solutions.

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Skills-Based Volunteering

In 2020, the Social Impact Team launched the Skills-Based Volunteering program to help social sector organizations address common challenges they face using GitHub and other tech platforms. Hubbers help social sector organizations address these challenges through short term virtual volunteering projects.

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World Health Organization (WHO) and COVID-19

We’re supporting WHO in their COVID-19 work, helping WHO build their open source ecosystem and documenting learnings from other public health technology organizations using GitHub, such as DHIS2 and Dimagi.

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Printed version of the Open Source Software in the Social Sector report

Open Source Research

We published our flagship research product, Open Source Software in the Social Sector, as a free resource in April 2020. We're doing additional open source social sector research and working with the Digital Public Goods Alliance to improve GitHub based on our research findings.

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Engagement Opportunities

Request for Proposals - Defining Standardized GitHub Metrics

The GitHub Social Impact and Policy teams are issuing an RFP for a researcher to define a list of publicly available GitHub platform usage metrics by country for international development, public policy and economics disciplines. New deadline to apply is Monday, 1 November 2021. Click here to see clarifying questions and answers.

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Participate in our Open Source Software research project

We need your help! We’re looking for participants who have experience with open source software in India, Kenya, Egypt and Mexico.

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Open Source for Good Updates

Tech for Social Good runs the Open Source for Good mailing list.

Stay updated on the latest news at the intersection of open source and social good.