World Bank and Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) partner for new report analyzing technologies for digital identification
Technology Landscape for Digital Identification
Advances in relevant technologies – such as biometrics and mobile – provide countries with the opportunity to establish robust digital ID systems at greater speed and scale, and at a reduced cost. However, these technologies must be appropriately applied and based on a sound footing of policies, laws, institutions and processes. This new report aims to help practitioners understand what technologies are available now, their benefits and their challenges – noting that these technologies are rapidly evolving. It offers a systematic framework for assessing each technology across the identity lifecycle and against multiple criteria, including length of time it has been in use, its ease of integration with legacy and future systems, and its interoperability with other technologies. Read Blog   Download PDF
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Opportunity for ID in Digital Uzbekistan
A major proportion of the Uzbek national passports, which effectively function as a national ID, will be expiring and due for extension by 2021. The government sees this as an opportunity to introduce a new digital ID for its citizens.  Against this backdrop, ID4D is participating in preparations for the “Digital Uzbekistan” project that is part of a wider regional program for Central Asia known as Digital CASA. An ID4D Diagnostic is expected to be launched in the next few months, as well as bringing knowledge and expertise from other countries that have gone through the same process.

New Reports on Birth Registration

Incentives for Improving Birth Registration Coverage: A Review of the Literature

This paper analyzes literature on supply and demand factors that could affect birth registration coverage rates, particularly in the context of social protection and cash transfers. More than 40 articles were reviewed, encompassing evidence from countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
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Integrating Unique Identification Numbers In Civil Registration

Integration with civil registration is important for the sustainability and accuracy of ID systems. Assigning a unique ID number at birth registration is part of this integration and has a wide range of benefits. This report provides practical guidance on how this can be done in different contexts.
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Access to Mobile and Proof of Identity: Linkages, Challenges and Opportunities
At the 2018 Mobile World Congress, ID4D and GSMA’s Digital Identity team co-hosted this session attended by government officials, private sector and development partners.  The session framed the role of identity and its importance when accessing basic services and achieving a range of SDG targets. ID4D provided insights from country engagement and research by the World Bank, including from a recent survey across 100 countries, an evaluation of the relevant technology landscape for digital identity, and an analysis of fiscal and private sector savings. GSMA presented their new insights from research published by the GSMA on the linkages between ID penetration and mandatory SIM registration policies, the impact of these policies on vulnerable groups’ ability to access mobile and mobile financial service.  Telenor and Telefonica also presented examples of where mobile technology is being utilized to increase birth registration and Government to People services. 
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Some 1.1 billion people in the world don’t have an official proof of identity, which greatly limits their ability to access services and benefits, such as education or financial inclusion. With digital technologies, countries now have the power to efficiently change that. ID4D initiative is documenting—through the #EveryID has a story campaign—how digital IDs have a transformative effect on people’s lives.
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