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

Custom smartphones held on social-distancing sticks are helping refugees in Jordan with COVID-19 pay for shopping deliveries with a biometric…

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By Chris Burt

For a range of reasons, 2020 was set to be a big year in the development of digital identity systems…

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By Chris Burt

The great potential for national ID systems with Open APIs to improve digital economies while enhancing equality and security was…

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By Yemi Adeniran

Guest post by Yemi Adeniran, Managing Partner at Digiterhub Data protection is the process of safeguarding information from threats, destruction,…

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By Ayang Macdonald

An ongoing project in Kenya to issue a biometrics-backed digital ID known as the Huduma Namba to citizens continues to…

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By Chris Burt

Significant progress is being made towards the capability of including biometrics with birth registration records, but significant concerns persist, the…

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By Ayang Macdonald

Cameroon’s general delegation for national security, the body charged with overseeing the issuance of biometrics-backed digital national identity cards for…

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By Frank Hersey

African governments may want to exploit the business assets of mobile network operators and knowhow in registering users and handling…

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By Ayang Macdonald

The island Republic of Mauritius has had significant success in implementing a digital ID system for its citizens, and how…

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By Frank Hersey

The green field opportunities for election systems in Africa allow the development of technologies more advanced than those used in…

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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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