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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 Frank Hersey

A coalition of civil society organizations in Uganda have filed a lawsuit against the government alleging that the national digital…

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By Frank Hersey

Mobile phones as a tool, a technology and an enabler of services were discussed in the first part of a…

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By Ayang Macdonald

The Executive Director of the National Identification and Registration Authority of Uganda (NIRA), Rosemary Kisembo, says although there is still…

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By Frank Hersey

“Can we all overcome our egos to come together behind a big bowl of pepper soup and agree that we…

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By Frank Hersey

As the deadline for linking SIM cards and digital ID numbers looms (again) in Nigeria, representatives from its mobile network…

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By Chris Burt

The Argentinian capital Buenos Aires is planning to establish a decentralized digital identity platform including biometrics for public and private…

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By Frank Hersey

The World Bank Group’s ID4D (Identity for Development) division continued to work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic on projects and research across…

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By Ayang Macdonald

Tony Roberts and Ridwan Oloyede, authors of an opinion article published by Thompson Reuters Foundation News, have argued that people…

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By Ayang Macdonald

Isidore O., a 25-year-old Cameroonian living in the town of Bangem in the South West Region of the country applied…

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By Frank Hersey

The fourth ID4Africa livecast in the ‘Mobile for Identity Management & Inclusive ID4D’ series turns to mobile ID in advanced…

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By Ayang Macdonald

Six countries hosting forcibly displaced persons from the Central African Republic (CAR) have agreed to takes steps aimed at issuing…

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By Chris Burt

The potential of biometrics captured on feature phones, the importance of regulatory sandboxes, and the need for more flexible identity…

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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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