DT Global Inc. is implementing the United States Agency for International Development/Office of Transition Initiatives (USAID/OTI)-funded Transition to New Sudan (TNS) Program, which supports the consolidation of Sudan’s democratic transformation through the following objectives:
Enabling the government to demonstrate progress in implementing key transition processes;
Reinforcing civic engagement required to implement key transition processes; and,
Assisting in the expansion of independent media that serves as a platform to implement key transition processes.
To contribute to these objectives, DT Global is recruiting a Data Governance and Privacy Specialist Consultant to support the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning in the development of a pilot Family Support initiative.
The government of Sudan is working to put Sudan on a path to sustainable, equitable, and broad-based peace and prosperity. A key element of this program is a shift from an economy focused on short-term consumption to one that focused on investment in people and productive capacity. Ordinary people are the foundation of Sudan’s revolution and will always be the foundation of its economic and social achievements.
No sustainable improvements in human capital and productive capacity are possible, however, in the presence of policy distortions that result from economic mismanagement of the Sudanese economy by the past regime, including multiple exchange rates, the deterioration of the Sudanese pound, chronic budget deficits, significant misallocation of public resources, and chronic inflation that exceeded 65% in early 2020. Chronic inflation undermines the wages of the poor and middle class, increases inequality and economic uncertainty that limits investment in productive capacity.
Building on the international experience with successful reform, and mindful of Sudan’s longer-term strategic interests, the Government is designing the Sudan Family Support Program (SFSP).
The program will be pilot tested in the May-July timeframe, and a national rollout will depend on the results of the pilot tests, cost estimates, and other factors.
All digitization projects face key risks: exclusion, privacy, corruption and implementation failures. The proposed program will collect and maintain sensitive information about individuals, which, without checks and balances, can be misused. The use of biometric data for social protection creates risks around the leakage of personal data and the use of such systems for surveillance rather than empowerment. Such risks threaten the freedom of Sudanese to think, communicate and associate freely, which are sacrosanct freedoms were central to the Revolution. Such risks also include the power to include selectively include or exclude segments of the population from participation in the benefits of the state.
For digital identity systems to be effective, they must be trusted by individuals. To be trusted by individuals, identity systems must be designed to empower people and give them control over how their personal data is used. This requires an investment in data privacy, security and effective governance. Such investments in user control and privacy increase participation, which drives success.
The objective of the consulting assignment is the development of a framework and set of rules for the governance of data within the program in a manner that increases the trust of citizens, and provides them with security, privacy, and control over how their data is used. It also requires effective mechanisms to air and seek redress for grievances with how their information is used. The broader objective is to set an example for other data-focused programs, and institutionalize good practice at the national level through data privacy law.