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.

Malawi rolling out national ID project, introducing biometric voter registry for 2019 elections

In an effort to conduct trouble-free elections, the Chairperson of the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) revealed that a biometrics-based voter registry will be used, with data provided by the National Registration Bureau (NRB). MEC will collaborate with NRB during voter registration to build the electoral roll from the National ID database rather than conducting a biometric voter registration process on its own. The Nyasa Times reported that MEC Chairperson Justice Jane Ansah said, “We are working with National Registration Bureau.

ID4Africa 2017

ID4Africa 2017 April 26-28, 2017 Windhoek, Namibia Following two successful events in 2015 and 2016 which collectively brought together over 900 stakeholders in the identity space, ID4Africa 2017 returns as bigger and better than before! The annual government forum and expo focuses on digital identity and its application for driving socio-economic development in Africa. It provides a unique opportunity for African nations to compare experiences, share knowledge and pool resources to build capacity related to developing identity systems. Follow the

Mastercard study reveals African consumers seek more digital services

Mastercard has released the results of its “Impact of Innovation” study, which finds that African consumers use their smartphone more than any other device. The findings were released during the kickoff of the Mastercard Innovation Forum 2016 in Budapest, Hungary, which is being attended by more than 500 people from Middle East and Africa, Central East Europe, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine. For the study, Mastercard surveyed 23,000 consumers in 23 countries across Europe, Africa and the Middle East about their

2017 World Border Security Congress to be held in North Africa

Global border management experts, policy makers and practitioners will gather in Casablanca, Morocco next March to discuss border security threats, challenges and solutions at the 2017 World Border Security Congress, the first to be held in North Africa. The current speaker lineup includes: Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino, Commander, EU Naval Force Mediterranean; Peter Nilsson, Project Manager, Border Police Division, AIRPOL; Michael Gaul, Senior Advisor in NATO’s Emerging Security Challenges Division; Teresa Hardy, Head of Carrier Delivery, Border Force, UK and;

Standard Chartered Bank deployment of biometric technology expected to reach 5 million clients

Standard Chartered Bank will be deploying fingerprint and voice biometrics technology across Asia, Africa and the Middle East, according to a report in FinTech Innovation. The roll-out is expected to reach 5 million clients in 15 markets across Asia, Africa and the Middle East enabling them to access the bank’s mobile banking services on both iOS and Android devices with fingerprint sensors rather than an ID and password. Clients will be access their bank account balances, cards and investments using

iCivil promises much needed birth registration in Africa

Despite continued efforts by governments and international organizations, approximately 230 million children under five have not had their births registered throughout the world, and more than 100 developing countries do not have well-functioning systems in place to register key life events, such as births and deaths. In light of this, an African company has developed an integrated mobile technology solution designed to facilitate universal birth registration in developing countries. The firm, entitled ‘iCivil’, aims to address the problem of birth