Cote d’Ivoire and Guinea to Kick-Start West Africa Regional Identification Program
Photo: UNHCRIn June, the World Bank approved $317.1 million in IDA financing to facilitate access to services for millions of people through building an ID system that is inclusive of all persons in the Economic Community of West African States territory. Known as the West Africa Unique Identification for Regional Integration and Inclusion (WURI) Program, Cote d’Ivoire and Guinea will be the first to implement the program covering approximately 22.5 and 12.5 million people, respectively, by 2024. As both countries consider how to develop their own identification systems, government delegations traveled to Peru to participate in a south-south exchange program to learn from Peru’s experience in implementing the national ID program Registro Nacional de Identificación y Estado Civil. Read the Press Release 

Australia Joins the ID4D Multi-donor Partnership 

Photo: Tom Perry / World BankID4D is pleased to announce that the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, recently joined the ID4D multi-donor partnership as part of the Commonwealth Digital ID initiative. This effort will help catalyze progress towards the goal of providing a digitally enabled identity for every woman and girl in Commonwealth countries by 2030. Through this effort, Australia, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), ID4D, GSMA, Caribou Digital, and other partners will accelerate progress on digital identity ecosystems, with a specific focus on women and girls. 
Global ID Coverage by the Numbers: Insights from the ID4D-Findex Survey
To better understand the nature of the global identification challenge, the ID4D partnered with the World Bank’s Global Findex team to gather survey data across 99 countries about ID coverage, barriers to obtaining one, and their use (e.g. for accessing government or financial services). This is the first time nationally representative data have been collected for such a large number of countries, offering unique insights about identification systems as well as a novel opportunity to monitor progress toward SDG Target 16.9. This note provides the first insights on ID coverage with upcoming analysis on barriers to access, ID use, and linkages with financial inclusion. Download Now

• Close to 40% of the eligible population in low-income countries (LICs) does not have an ID. Coverage gaps in middle-income countries (MICs) are smaller, with fewer than 10% of the population lacking an ID in the majority of surveyed MICs.
• Women and the poor are less likely to have an ID: in surveyed LICs, 45% of women do not have an ID (vs. 30% of men) and 45% of the poorest 20% (vs. 28% of the richest 20%) lack a proof of identity.


High Level Advisory Council Advances ID4D Agenda

The ID4D High Level Advisory Council met in May to discuss strengthening collaboration between all stakeholders on a global, regional, and country level, as well as the needs for practical tools and guidance on implementing inclusive, robust, and responsible identification systems. The Advisory Council strategized about: 

• Having a common working definition on legal identity to effectively support the achievement of SDG 16.9. The World Bank Group and the United Nations are working to finalize the discussion paper on legal identity.

• Ensuring data protection, data privacy, and inclusion by collectively developing and refining the framework for legal and regulatory dimensions of identification in consultation with stakeholders and in coordination with other efforts.

• Developing an Operational Guide to serve as a practical toolkit on identification about the steps a country can take to address its identification gap and to do so by leveraging global good practice.

The next meeting of the ID4D High Level Advisory Council will be in the fall.

#EveryID has a Story: Achieving Their Dreams Because of Their Digital ID 
Identification can empower. Sharing stories of how IDs can transform lives.

Fardowsa, a Somali refugee, arrived in Uganda in 2001. With her digital identity, she was able to open a bank account, register her SIM card, and pursue her education.
Read her story
Revanna, a former orphan in India, dreamed of going to the World Cup. With his digital identity, he was able to prove his identity, get his passport, and attend the FIFA World Cup. 
Watch his story
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The ID4D Initiative is supported by a multi-donor partnership platform established with catalytic contributions from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Omidyar Network, and the Australian Government.
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