ID4Africa 2017 wraps up with renewed commitment to digital identity for all Africans

ID4Africa 2017 came to a successful conclusion in Windhoek, Namibia, on Friday with a series of announcements and plenary sessions. A presentation on game-changing innovations for identity in Africa included the announcement by keynote speaker Anil Jain of Michigan State University of breakthrough research findings on fingerprint verification of babies, as well as talks on the potential for delivery of life-enhancing identity services via mobile devices, an open-source CRVS initiative, and the humanitarian case for distributed database technology and blockchains.

Nigeria announced as host country for ID4Africa 2018

Abuja, Nigeria will be host to ID4Africa 2018, organization Executive Chairman Dr. Joseph Atick announced during the final day of ID4Africa 2017 in Windhoek, Namibia on Friday. The theme of the event was announced as “Harmonization of Identity Schemes” in response to one of the most frequently debated topics of this year’s forum. ID4Africa is billed as a grass-roots, multi-stakeholder movement in support of the effective and responsible adoption of digital identity systems throughout Africa to empower citizens and facilitate

Deep stakeholder engagement marks day 2 of ID4Africa 2017

Day two of ID4Africa 2017 wrapped up with hundreds of delegates from dozens of African nations remaining deep in discussion late into the evening in host city Windhoek, Namibia. The second day of the third annual ID4Africa forum was highlighted by seven information sessions covering a wide range of specific topics in digital identity, as well as a day-long session on document security. Each of the forum’s day two sessions included several speakers, with topics including overcoming ID systems challenges

Identity companies at ID4Africa expo hall embrace Africa’s challenges and opportunity

With approximately 45 percent of the world’s 1.1 billion people without legal identity living in Africa, according to new World Bank statistics, the opportunity for companies in biometrics and the broader identity ecosystem are clear. The challenges are also well known, with lack of electricity, digital infrastructure, political will, and budget, along with other challenges present in different combinations and degrees in each country. Over 90 companies are exhibiting their technical answers to these challenges in the expo hall of

ID4Africa movement grows 68 percent from 2016 to 2017

The number of attendees at ID4Africa’s annual forum has grown by 68 percent CAGR from 2016 to 2017, with growth among all three stakeholder groups, ID4Africa Executive Director Dr. Joseph Atick says. Dr. Atick revealed the growth of the movement and its annual event in remarks during the opening of ID4Africa 2017 in Windhoek, Namibia on Wednesday. “I think there is no better testament to the importance of this gathering, or the viability of this movement, than you being here

ID4Africa 2017 set to continue pan-continental momentum toward universal digital identity

Preparations for the ID4Africa Forum 2017 in Windhoek, Namibia have been successfully completed, with the arrival and registration Tuesday of delegates from over 50 nations and 22 development agencies, as well as booths set up by over 90 vendors and supporting organizations in the exhibition hall. The third annual event of the ID4Africa movement and organization will take place April 26-28, with the theme of “Pathways to Digital Identity,” in support of ID4Africa’s mission and year-round work. ID4Africa was co-founded

ID4Africa releases results of its 2017 government ID survey

ID4Africa, the organization that promotes the transparent and responsible adoption of digital ID management in the service of development in Africa, has released a detailed annual survey of African governments focused on understanding the continent’s identification requirements. The survey found that Africa’s priorities are focused on pragmatically putting in place and operationalizing robust, high coverage identification systems. The survey also found that government priorities seem to be driven by national concerns and not by regional or global considerations. According to

Biometric Update named “official journalist” for 2017 ID4Africa event

ID4Africa announced today that it has selected BiometricUpdate.com as the “official journalist” for its 2017 annual meeting, to be held April 26-28, 2017 in Windhoek, Namibia. The three-day event is the third annual government meeting of the ID4Africa movement and the second time that Biometric Update has been named as the “official journalist” of the event. ID4Africa was co-founded by the Asia Pacific Smart Card Association (APSCA) and Identity Counsel International (ICI) to promote the transparent and responsible adoption of

Imprimerie Nationale Group delivers multi-biometric ID documents platform for Republic of Djibouti

In an effort to modernize and harmonize the ID document production and issuance process, the Imprimerie Nationale Group has deployed a multi-biometric ID documents platform for the Republic of Djibouti. This fully scalable multi-ID documents solution allows for the issuance of: biometric passports for Djibouti citizens; resident permit cards for foreigners, and; visas. The biometric ID documents are compliant with the international ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) standards in order to facilitate the travel of Djiboutians throughout the world. They

Biometrics data used to eliminate ghost workers from Abia government payroll

In an effort to eliminate ghost workers and centralize the government payroll, Abia, a state in south eastern Nigeria, recently undertook a biometric identity verification exercise with the government workforce to find exactly how many workers it has and how many are entitled to receive salaries. According to a report in Business Day, this represents about 80 percent of the entire Abia workforce. The Commissioner for Finance explained, “There was no harmonized central system of salary payment in the State.