Upcoming World Bank Group/IMF Annual Meetings Events on ID4D

To advance progress and elevate the importance of digital ID for development, the ID4D initiative will convene several events in October at the Annual Meetings in Washington, D.C., including:

Inaugural Meeting of the High Level Advisory Council to Accelerate Progress Towards Identification for All
The World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva and UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed will co-chair the inaugural meeting of the High Level Advisory Council for the World Bank Group’s Identification for Development (ID4D) initiative on October 12th. The High Level Council comprises key thought leaders and practitioners including:

  • Toomas Hendrik Illves, former President of Estonia;
  • Nandan Nilekani, co-founder of Infosys and Founding Chairman of Unique Identification Authority of India;
  • Eric Jing, CEO of Ant Financial;
  • Carolina Trevelli, former Minister of Development and Social Inclusion, Peru and Chairman of Pagos Digitales Peruanos;
  • Dr. Benno Ndulu, Central Bank Governor of Tanzania;
  • Mo Ibrahim, Chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and founder of Celtel; and
  • Iqbal Quadir, founder of the Legatum Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and of Grameenphone.

This Advisory Council will play a critical role in shaping global awareness of ID4D’s vision, especially the role of identification as an enabler of key sustainable development outcomes, as well as provide strategic guidance on thematic trends and issues.

In addition, ID4D will host a roundtable for approximately 20 Ministers from across Africa and Asia to discuss the opportunities and challenges of implementing robust and inclusive identification systems.

Societal Platforms: Building beyond Aadhaar for Sustainable Development

In partnership with CGD, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Omidyar Network, ID4D is co-hosting a presentation on October 13th by Nandan Nilekani, the founding chairman of UIDAI (Aadhaar), the unique identification system of India, which has enrolled more than a billion people. Nilekani will speak on “Societal Platforms: A Cambrian Approach to Sustainable Development”—how we can distill principles from the unique architecture of Aadhaar to develop new platforms, like EkStep, that can enable people to access an increasingly wide array of transformative services. Panelists include Paul Romer, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, World Bank Group, Carolina Trivelli, former Minister of Development and Social Inclusion, Peru; CEO, Pagos Digitales Peruanos; and Chair of the Executive Committee, CGAP and Alan Gelb, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development.

Just as GPS technology for military satellites is now used for a huge range of purposes including hailing taxis to (potentially) driverless cars, what other social and economic challenges could India’s experience help resolve? How can other developing countries learn from India’s lead? How should the international community support similar approaches in other countries?

This event is open to the public. Please register using the registration button.
Registration: Societal Platforms Event
#EveryID has a Story Campaign
The ID4D initiative has begun capturing the human impact stories of ID across countries and sectors.  Through the #EveryID has a Story campaign, personal stories illustrate how official IDs have a transformative effect on people’s lives. These stories will demonstrate how IDs helped unblocked people’s ability to access services and benefits, such as education or health, and how their quality of life has been improved. The campaign starts off with stories from Peru, India, and Uganda. The series will have 10 videos which will come out every few weeks on the World Bank's Medium channel, "World of Opportunity."

Read the campaign's first story: Every ID has a Story: Pierinas
Pierina gets a cochlear implant and her hearing when she accesses public health insurance with her Peruvian ID card.
Unlocking the Potential of Digital ID Session for Refugees
On September 19th, World Bank's CEO Kristalina Georgieva facilitated the Unlocking the Potential of Digital ID session at World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Sustainable Development Impact Summit in New York.  The discussion focused on IDs to refugees and forcibly displaced persons in order to enhance their access to services and the delivery of humanitarian assistance.

Georgieva expressed that aspirations are converging. By coming together, this serves as a jumpstart to a collaborative effort by a wide range of actors to address this issue, especially through the promotion of innovation, interoperability and public-private partnerships. Find out more
Workshop on ID Standards for Developing Countries
On September 13th, ID4D convened experts and partner organizations to review existing standards across the ID lifecycle and learn from countries such as the UK, India, and Estonia. The group explored working towards a clear understanding of the possibilities of global minimum ID standards and possible next steps. Many clearly spoke out on the need for some common set of standards to allow for interoperability.  There was a consensus, however, on the desire for a shift of thinking from one minimum set of standards to more of a framework based approach for different use cases. View the Standards Overview Presentation
Digital ID Ecosystem to be realized in Tanzania by 2020
Digital ID Ecosystem for Tanzania’ workshop day one participants with the guest of honor, Ambassador Hassan Yahya Simba, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Photo credit: National Identification Authority

The National Identification Authority of Tanzania (NIDA), with support from the World Bank, organized a ‘Digital ID Ecosystem’ workshop in Bagomoyo, Tanzania on September 18thand 19th. The aim of the workshop was to bring together stakeholders such as Government agencies, private sector associations and development partners to agree on a shared vision of for how the new national ID system can strengthen service delivery and digital development in Tanzania by 2020.


Over 100 representatives of 52 organizations took part over the two days. World-leading experts presented experiences from other countries, including Dr. Joseph Atick (founder of ID4Africa), Vijay Madan (former Director-General of the Unique ID Authority of India), and Margus Puua (former CIO of Estonia).


Among the agreements reached at the meeting were lowering the age of registration in the national ID system to 0, which will bring Tanzania in line with best practices of having a unique ID from birth to death when national ID numbers are issued at the time of birth registration, and a commitment by service providers to integrate national ID numbers and NIDA’s authentication services into their own systems. A Digital ID Ecosystem Taskforce (DIET) was established to develop a roadmap to implement the outcomes of the workshop, which will be presented at a follow up workshop in Dar es Salaam in early-December.

Upcoming Reports
  • Emerging Technologies in Digital Identification
  • South Africa’s Identity Management and Civil Registration System Case Study
  • The Use Case for Unique ID in Modern Health Systems
  • Analysis of Different Approaches for Providing Refugees with ID (in collaboration with UNHCR)
  • Private Public Partnerships (PPP) models for Digital ID in Somalia
  • Analysis of Costs of Identification Systems 
ID4D is an initiative of the World Bank Group, supported by a multidonor partnership platform.
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