Digital identity in developing nations

With UN Sustainable Development Goal 16.9 calling for legal identity for all by 2030 Biometric Update is taking a special in-depth focus on digital ID projects in developing countries including daily coverage of biometrics-based national digital identity projects.

By Frank Hersey

Using biometrics for the sake of it can jeopardize projects, according to the CEO of biometrics firm Simprints. In his…

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By Frank Hersey

Uganda’s national biometric ID system has failed in its promise to improve access to services for Ugandans, says a new…

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By Katya Pivcevic

Humanitarian aid organizations are starting to digitize services and adapt to new developments in the digital identity and decentralized identification…

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By Ayang Macdonald

A process to enroll youth between the ages of 18 and 35 for a biometric youth card program is currently…

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By Chris Burt

Two-thirds of people attending ID4Africa’s ‘Building Trust in the Democratic Process’ livecast event say biometrics have improved the integrity of…

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By Chris Burt

The threat of further exclusion of Africa from the international community due to the COVID-19 pandemic could easily be exacerbated…

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By Chris Burt

The challenge for governments standing up digital health pass systems is not whether the appropriate technology exists, it is sorting…

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By Chris Burt

The private sector and biometrics likely both have roles in legal identity systems, participants in a United Nations Development Programme…

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By Chris Burt

The Sovrin Foundation is best known in the digital identity community for the MainNet Hyperledger Indy identity ledger, which it…

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By Katya Pivcevic

Guinea’s National Agency for Economic and Social Inclusion (ANIES) plans to use a digital identity and biometrics management system based…

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By Frank Hersey

The United Nations should follow the European Commission in establishing a regulatory framework for artificial intelligence and biometrics to protect…

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By Frank Hersey

Technology to issue refugees with an ID could form the basis of new digital identity systems for everyone, but this…

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Digital ID projects and initiatives

A curated list of biometric digital identity initiatives to improve development outcomes, a glossary of common terms and a history of digital identification in the developing world.

By Chris Burt

Biometric Update offers a comprehensive directory of digital identification initiatives in developing nations to assist information-gathering by government employees, companies…

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By Joby Mathew

This is a guest post by Joby Mathew, HID Global Director: Citizen Identity Solutions EMEA The adoption of HID Global’s…

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By Chris Burt

BiometricUpdate.com has developed a fully cross-referenced glossary of ID4D terms concerning digital identification systems used to improve development outcomes. Below…

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By Chris Burt

The idea of providing identification to support economic and social development evolved out of sustainable development communities, and has early…

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International Identity Day

The campaign calls to recognize September 16 as International Identity Day in tribute to UN Sustainable Development Goal 16.9 which calls for legal identity for all by 2030. The purpose is to raise awareness about the role identity plays in empowering individuals to exercise their rights and responsibilities fairly and equitably in a modern society. Biometric Update is proud to be a coalition partner.

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