WSIS Prizes Contest 2019 Nominee

National Digital Transformation Unit


The National Digital Transformation Unit (NDU) is a government agency established by royal decree in order to catalyze digital transformation efforts on a National level addressing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). NDU was first incubated under the auspices of the Ministry of Economy and Planning, and eventually became a separate entity with an official national mandate. NDU is to drive digital transformation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with the welfare of vulnerable groups taken into consideration. The latter is in line with Vision 2030, which is heavily aligned with the SDGs.
NDU sees the individual as their ultimate beneficiary, by ensuring coordination among all stakeholders and relevant ecosystems, policy coherence, identifying gaps and hurdles and addressing them. In doing so, socio-economic outcomes are optimized. This is done under the umbrella of the National digital strategy, led and created by NDU.
NDU, through its efforts, strives to put the Kingdom on the world map as a frontier nation in growth driven by digital transformation. One of NDU’s main objectives is to be on par with advanced nations and to be in a position to help less developed countries.

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Action lines related to this project
  • AL C1. The role of governments and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development 2019
  • AL C7. E-government
  • AL C7. E-business
  • AL C7. E-learning
  • AL C7. E-health
Sustainable development goals related to this project
  • Goal 1: No poverty
  • Goal 3: Good health and well-being
  • Goal 4: Quality education
  • Goal 5: Gender equality
  • Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth
  • Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • Goal 10: Reduced inequalities
  • Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities
  • Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production
  • Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

  • Saudi Arabia



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Target beneficiary group(s)
  • Youth
  • Older persons
  • Women
  • The unemployed
  • The poor
  • Remote and rural communities


NDU covers the entire kingdom. However, several local government authorities followed suit and created their own specialized adaptation of a digital transformation function within their entities. The Ministry of Civil Service currently has a Deputy Minister for Digital Transformation; the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Education have recently created Digital Transformation units.
Regionally, The Sultanate of Oman created an information Technology Authority to transform Oman into a sustainable knowledge society. Additionally, Kuwait adopted a digital transformation strategy as a vital component of the overall strategy of the country.


NDU was established as a permanent government agency. It is government funded, thus sustainable. A. NDU has an annually allocated budget of 34 million USD, guaranteed by royal decree to carry out its functions. The budget was used to hire the right resources, procure headquarters, carry out roles and responsibilities, engagements and execute pilot studies.

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The National Digital Transformation Unit (NDU) regards digital transformation as a powerful tool to transform the Kingdom into an inclusive, forward-looking nation in economy, people, governance, environment, and overall living. One of NDU’s main objectives is to provide access to quality, reliable and affordable basic services to everyone, irrespective of location within the Kingdom or socio-economic status.

Entity name

National Digital Transformation Unit (NDU)

Entity country—type

Saudi Arabia Government

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