African cross-border and regional identity management schemes reach distribution stage

The African Development Bank (AfDB) recently introduced its new fingerprint-embedded Laissez-Passer document at ID4Africa 2017 in Windhoek, Namibia. The travel document for regional development is one of a series of regional projects across the continent with the goal of using digital identity and biometrics to enable cross-border travel. Another such project, the ECOWAS Biometric Identity Card, has reached the distribution stage in some countries. While the program is in early stages, it has shown potential to speed border crossing while

Aadhaar program wins World Bank praise

Paul Romer, Chief Economist at the World Bank, told Bloomberg that India’s Aadhaar scheme is tremendously effective and should be emulated around the world. According to a report by Bloomberg, Romer said: “The system in India is the most sophisticated that I’ve seen. It is the basis for all kinds of connections that involve things like financial transactions. It could be good for the world if this became widely adopted.” While other countries are also looking at similar programs, research

Developing countries demonstrate interest in Aadhaar model

According to a recent article published by the Economic Times, the World Bank has approached the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to share its experiences on the implementation of India’s Aadhaar biometric identification scheme with other developing countries. The paper stated that Nigeria was the first country to send a team to India under the World Bank umbrella to study the Aadhaar model. The Economic Times also reported that UIDAI chief executive Ajay Bhushan Pandey said that another team

World Bank issues report on tech inequality

The World Bank released a report last week that found that tech firms are making inequality worse. While the report notes that growth, jobs, and services are the most important returns to digital investments and that digital technologies should ideally help businesses become more productive; the reports finds that better jobs have not been the result. The World Bank study notes that the economics of the Internet favor natural monopolies, and that the absence of a competitive business environment can

CGD presentation discusses how biometrics can help achieve development goals

A panel presentation at Center for Global Development discussed the advantages of implementing biometric technology to help identify the millions of people without legal identity and achieve development goals, according to the Center for Global Development. Mahmood Mohieldin, corporate secretary and president’s special envoy to the post-2015 process at the World Bank, emphasized how the old “village” identification model where everyone knows everyone is no longer adequate for mobile populations, advanced economies, and governments tasked with delivering services fast and

Biometrics insight service, four-finger smartphone solution, facial recognition platforms top this week’s news

Here’s a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on this past week. In one of the top stories of the week, Goode Intelligence launched its new subscription-based Biometrics Insight Service which gives organizations access to current and scheduled biometrics market analyst and market intelligence reports, as well as priority access to Goode Intelligence analysts. In an announcement involving biometrics in border control, Daon has delivered automated passport control (APC) kiosks to Dublin Airport in support

Accenture and Word Bank release report on universal ID

Today, Accenture and the World Bank released a report to help developing nations create universal ID management systems. The report notes that over 1.8 billion adults in developing countries currently lack an official ID and therefore have no access to essential services. The report (PDF), released at the annual e-ID conference in Washington, D.C., identifies a comprehensive strategy and implementation roadmap for developing nations seeking to build, or expand citizen identity programs, regardless of their country’s level of technology infrastructure.

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.

Biometrics ensure that World Bank support goes to civil servants in Somalia

After 23 years of absence, the World Bank Group has reengaged in Somalia with a new Multi-Partner Fund for Somalia from the World Bank and a Recurrent Cost and Reform Financing project (RCRF) that’s at the heart of a “New Deal” for Somalia aimed at supporting Somalia’s peace and state-building agenda. In order to build accountability into the RCRF which has been providing salaries and operating support to Mogadishu’s federal institutions, the World Bank is piloting the use of biometric