SOURCE is an online infrastructure project preparation and data management platform, led and funded by multi-lateral development banks (MDBs) in response to the G20 for addressing the global infrastructure gap. Delivering for scale and consistency, SOURCE operates at two diﬀerent levels:
1. Project preparation and management software. At the government level, SOURCE is an online, scalable, collaborative, and secure working software, providing guidance and capacity support for public project teams, from deﬁnition to implementation, as well as data and project management tools. SOURCE brings transparency and consistency in the project development cycle and provides an eﬀective communication platform for speciﬁc project engagement and information between government preparation agencies, private sector contractors, bidders, ﬁnanciers and civil society, which eventually reduces project preparation and transaction costs and improves disclosure.
2. Global Delivery Platform. At the global level, SOURCE acts as a trusted, secured collector and repository of government project data across the project cycle, with servers under United Nations jurisdiction to address increasing data sovereignty and security concerns. Its structured yet customizable approach for infrastructure project data allows SOURCE to connect databases, initiatives and platforms, as well as to integrate and harmonize project preparation-related standards and knowledge products. Looking ahead, SOURCE will generate data-based trends for pre-agreed indicators and provide data for analytics in compliance with its legal obligations with all relevant, respective data owners (MDBs and governments).