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Achieving Digital Identity for All 
To move the digital identification agenda forward, Kristalina Georgieva, Chief Executive Officer of the World Bank, attended the World Economic Forum in Davos and met with humanitarian, development and private sector actors.

“We estimate it will take USD $12 billion to achieve identification for all. The World Bank will secure over USD $750 million investments in ID-related projects in the next three years, and we will strive to mobilize more financing from other sources,” said Georgieva, who also co-chairs the ID4D High-Level Advisory Council with Amina J. Mohammed, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General.

While digital transformation holds a lot of promise for making things easier, cheaper and faster, it also brings with it risks of leaving the poorest behind. “If we are to reach more than a billion people without proof of identity,” continued Georgieva. “We need everyone to work together including countries, development partners, UN agencies, the private sector and civil society.” Read Press Release
Save-the-Date: March 8th 
2nd Workshop on Standards for Digital Identification Systems
This second workshop builds on the September meeting that informed the ID4D Technical Standards for Digital Identity – Draft for Discussion, a catalogue of technical standards for digital identification systems. For this next workshop, we will dive deeper into specific areas, such as data standards, to develop a framework that enables interoperability and mutual recognition. This framework is intended to provide guidance on developing and enhancing digital identification systems. If you'd like attend, please RSVP by email to id4d@worldbank.org.

We are still accepting public comments on the 
 ID4D Technical Standards for Digital Identity – Draft for Discussion before it is finalized. We welcome feedback by Friday, February 23rd to id4d@worldbank.org
Lanre Osibona, Senior Special Advisor to the President of Nigeria on ICT, highlights the need for all the stakeholders in the government ecosystem to work together to achieve the collective vision.

Identification in Nigeria
In January, the Office of the Vice President in Nigeria and the Nigeria Identity Management Commission (NIMC), with support from the World Bank, convened a workshop to discuss the identification ecosystem in Nigeria. The day-long event - attended by over 165 representatives across various government agencies, the private sector, donor partners, and civil society - aimed to achieve a consensus around the approach in the Strategic Roadmap for Developing Digital ID in Nigeria. After a lively discussion on the vision, the ecosystem approach, the capacities of various actors, the technical design considerations, and risk mitigation strategies, the group moved to officially endorse the Roadmap and submit it to the Federal Executive Council for final approval. The World Bank is currently preparing advisory and financial support to the Government of Nigeria, together with other development partners to help realize this vision.
  
 
Opportunity for a Digital ID System in the Philippines

The Philippine Government is planning to introduce a national ID system to serve as a digital platform that will transform how services are delivered and strengthened. This new system would enable financial inclusion, e-government, social protection and other areas. Launched in November 2017, the World Bank supported this effort through an ID4D country diagnostic and then facilitated a study tour to India to learn about the design and implementation of Aadhaar. This month, a workshop was held on the preliminary diagnostic results and implementation considerations.
Tanzania Makes Progress on Digital ID Ecosystem Implementation 
The National ID Agency in Tanzania and the World Bank hosted a one-day workshop in December 2017 to validate the “Digital ID ecosystem implementation Roadmap for Tanzania.” The Roadmap, developed in close collaboration with the government’s Task Force, was presented to a wide range of key stakeholders. The discussions included ways to strengthen coordination, share additional information, discuss the feasibility of recommendations and agree on the next steps to ensure successful implementation of digital ID initiative in Tanzania. 
Regional ID Integration Across East Africa
In close collaboration with the EAC secretariat, the World Bank organized a second consultation and validation workshop for the draft Roadmap for the regional ID integration program.  All EAC countries are at advanced stages of implementation or planning for the next generation  of national ID systems to facilitate mutual recognition and interoperability. The workshop was attended by delegations from six EAC partner countries, the EAC Secretariat, UNHCR, IOM and UNICEF.
Opening Doors: How National IDs Empower Women Cross Border Traders in East Africa
There are vast numbers of small-scale cross border traders in East Africa trading and the majority (about 75 percent) are women. Their work provides a vital source of income for their families and, while small-scale informal economic activity is difficult to measure, estimates suggest that makes a non-negligible contribution to the national economy as it is valued at up to 85 percent of formal trade.  In Uganda, the new NIRA card, helps women cross border traders expand their businesses, support their families, and empower themselves.  Read more
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