Philippines national ID system to ensure secure delivery of social benefits

The Philippine Department of Finance (DOF) Undersecretary recently said that the government is set to allot a budget of $39.5M (USD) for the 2018 roll-out of its biometrics-based national identification system. A bill seeking the establishment of the national ID system was approved by the House committee on population and family relations last month. The Senate has yet to approve its counterpart bill. According to a report in the Philippine Star, an estimated 105 million Filipinos will benefit from the

South Africa considering biometrics to fight housing fraud

South Africa’s Human Settlements Minister recently said that her department is considering the use of biometrics technology to prevent people from reapplying for the government’s low-cost housing scheme when they have previously benefited from the program. According to a report in the Sowetan, the MInister said that an identity management and verification system has worked in India, and could be used as the government was centralizing its RDP housing beneficiary list. “They have found that to fight the problem in

Delhi fair price stores to be linked to biometrics system by May 2016

Delhi’s fair price shops, which distribute major commodities such as staple food grains, will be linked to India’s national biometric system by early next year, according to a report by NDTV. The government’s move to link the fair price shops with the biometric system is designed to prevent potential corruption and irregularities in the Public Distribution System (PDS) “The process of installing biometric system in fair price shops has started,” Food and Supplies Minister Imran Hussain said in response to

Trinidad and Tobago launches biometric smartcard system for social benefits

Trinidad and Tobago has launched a fingerprint-based smart ID card system to improve the delivery of social benefits to citizens and prevent the growing case of fraud, according to a report by the Guardian. The system will be officially implemented if Minister of the People and Social Development Christine Newallo-Hosein successfully wins a second term at the September 7th general elections. By using the biometric card, eligible citizens of Trinidad and Tobago will be able to access a range of

IrisGuard iris recognition technology enrolls over 1.6M Syrian refugees

IrisGuard announced that its EyeBank iris recognition technology has successfully enrolled online over 1.6 million Syrian refugees displaced throughout the bordering countries. The move comes more than a year after the United National High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR) adopted IrisGuard’s iris recognition identity technology to bolster its proGres Refugee Registration Platform. The humanitarian EyeBank project, which is operated by an international aid agency, is the world’s largest iris deployment designed to provide financial inclusion services to Syrian refugees. The iris

World Bank provides $300m in biometric-enabled cash cards to poorest mothers in Bangladesh

The Bangladesh government signed a $300 million financing agreement with the International Development Association (IDC), the World Bank’s concessional arm that helps developing countries, under the Income Support Program for the Poorest Project. The IDC will provide monthly payments in the form of biometric-enabled Bangladesh Post Office cash cards to about 600,0000 of the poorest mothers in the country. The payments are intended to lower the women’s poverty with the end goal of boosting their children’s nutrition and cognitive development.

Kenya implements biometric registration for all citizens

The Kenyan government has implemented biometric registration for all citizens aged 12 and older, which should help prevent the duplication and mismanagement of funds for social services, according to a report by Capital FM. Previously reported, the Kenyan government announced in November it would be issuing citizens biometric identification cards connected to a national database to prevent the widespread use of bogus identification documents which has contributed to crimes such as human trafficking. The move to reduce the duplication and

India’s IT & communications ministry to take over Aadhaar biometric identification project

India’s ministry of information technology and communications will take over the country’s national citizen identification project, Aadhaar, according to a report by Business Standard. Under the Unique Identification Authority of India, the planning commission in the previous government was previously in charge of Aadhaar. However, leadership for the project must now shift as a result of the commission’s recent revamp. “Since Aadhaar has many links with technology and is expected to play a bigger role in the government’s plan of

Net1 recoups additional implementation costs from SASSA for biometric registrations

Net1 UEPS Technologies has announced that it has received approximately $25.7 million from the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA), in relation to the recovery of additional implementation costs during the biometric registration of all social grant beneficiaries. According to the company, this activity was in addition to grant recipients who had previously been issued SASSA-branded UEPS/EMV smart cards. In total, Net1 says it performed approximately 11 million additional biometric registrations that did not form a part of its monthly service fee.

MasterCard, Bank of Punjab launch biometric social security program

MasterCard, along with the Bank of Punjab, have launched a social security program to automate disbursement, subsidy and assistance programs with a new biometric card. According to a report in, through this project, the Bank of Punjab will issue biometric payment cards to citizens, which can be used for transactions as well as pension, payroll, education, micro-lending and healthcare. This initiative is based on some of the work MasterCard did in South Africa with the South African Social Security