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

It has been estimated that the data protection services market of Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria, will hit the US$100…

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By Ayang Macdonald

The island African nation of Madagascar is set to ameliorate its digital identity management system as well as digitize some…

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By Chris Burt

For good digital identity systems to be sustainable, their value proposition to end users will need to be clearer than…

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By Jim Nash

Cynics expect the worst in human endeavors, while anyone involved in a refugee crisis has witnessed the worst of human…

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By Chris Burt

Nigeria’s goal to enroll the biometrics of all citizens to provide digital identity is possible to achieve in even less…

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By Frank Hersey

Just three years ago, Malawi was without a national registry or ID system and had little in the way of…

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By Chris Burt

Pilots of face biometrics for Aadhaar authentication to financial services are being carried out by the Unique Identification Authority of…

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By Frank Hersey

After a mass registration exercise to capture the nation’s biometrics for the ambitious Huduma Namba unique identifier number, the program…

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By Alessandro Mascellino

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) will start collecting fingerprints, photographs and iris biometrics from registrants to its Philsys national ID…

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By Chris Burt

A new partnership to promote robust digital identity as a global public good has been formed by the International Institute…

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By Jim Nash

The World Bank, intent on pushing efforts in Afghanistan to provide legal identification for women as well as men, is…

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By Frank Hersey

After last week’s special report on Nigeria and Ghana, we cast our biometrics news net across the African continent again…

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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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