A GDS Story

Post it note saying “The unit of delivery is the team” with a cartoon drawing of a team.


The most common questions we’re asked by visitors to GDS are things like:

  • “How did it all start in the first place?”
  • “How did you get where you are now?”
  • “How can I get my government/team/organisation to do similar things?”

This is an attempt to answer those.

It’s also an exercise in deliberate institutional memory. We have always believed in our Design Principles, one of which says “Makes things open, it makes things better.” This story is us being open about our origins and our progress to date.

One small caveat

The story as published is not exhaustive. It does not tell the whole story. That’s why we’re calling it “a” story, rather than “the” story. There will be errors, omissions, duplications, and other problems. If you’d like to make amendments, corrections or additions, please send your comments to