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 Chris Burt

Read this Biometric Update digital health pass report A recent three-part ID4Africa livecast event explored the challenge of establishing effective…

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By Frank Hersey

The Bangladesh part of the ‘100 Million Meals’ campaign has been completed, allowing 36,000 refugees to purchase food from camp…

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By Frank Hersey

The Ghana Health Service in partnership with Gavi and Arm will begin a biometric-based national vaccination program in October 2021…

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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 Ayang Macdonald

Authorities in the Philippines are optimistic the target set this year for registration for the national digital ID card (PhilID)…

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By Jim Nash

The populous Indian state of Delhi decided this week to participate in a ration card program linked to the nation's…

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By Frank Hersey

OSIA, the modular digital ID system with interchangeable components, is now operational in multiple countries, allowing governments to save money…

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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

The UNHCR improperly gathered personal information and biometrics from ethnic Rohingya refugees and shared it with Bangladesh, which subsequently shared…

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By Frank Hersey

A report into the various uses of digital ID in humanitarian settings brings together the many risks and challenges as…

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

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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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