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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 Ayang Macdonald

The head of Nigeria’s digital ID issuing agency praises the “unified ID approach” and ecosystem model adopted, calling it a…

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By Alessandro Mascellino

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has unveiled new guidelines for requesting entities (REs) to obtain resident consent on…

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By Frank Hersey

The merging of registers, including biometrics, to create a centralized database for authenticating users of Brazil’s government services platform was…

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By Ayang Macdonald

The new administration in Kenya is considering plans to revamp the national digital identity project, as the Huduma Namba scheme…

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By Ayang Macdonald

The 2023 ID4Africa augmented general meeting billed for Nairobi, Kenya in May will spotlight digital public infrastructure, African policy perspectives,…

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By Ayang Macdonald

Chip-based citizen ID card issued by the Vietnam Ministry of Public Security Vietnam's Ministry of Public Security has proposed issuing…

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By Joel R. McConvey

Zimbabwe’s low birth registration rate is raising concerns among community observers, as those without legal identities may struggle to access…

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By Frank Hersey

Digital technologies help in the development of health schemes, according to the findings of a new publication from the WHO.…

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By Frank Hersey

Seven countries are expected to sign up with Indian authorities to begin using the India Stack suite of digital public…

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By Jim Nash

It may not have been a formal edict, but the leader of The Philippines has demanded his government – and…

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By Frank Hersey

Indonesia is receiving US$250 million in funding from the World Bank Group’s International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) to…

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By Ayang Macdonald

Ashu M. just clocked 20 years this November, the legal age for voting in the central African nation of Cameroon.…

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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.

By Chris Burt

The lessons learned from other countries implementing digital ID systems have helped inform the development of Ethiopia’s national program, panelists…

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