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.