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

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across Africa, public and private reactions also continue to develop. Noticeable this week…

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By Frank Hersey

The biometrics business continues as normal in parts of Africa. A new ePassport agency opens in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, despite…

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By Chris Burt

Simprints and the ICT Division of the Government of Bangladesh have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), under which the…

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By Chris Burt

A biometric electoral register has been deployed for upcoming Guinea parliamentary elections with Innovatrics technology and support applied to meet…

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By Chris Burt

The response of governments to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic highlight the importance of digital ID, according to…

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By Chris Burt

Integrated Biometrics has published a case study detailing the use of the company’s Five-O ten-print biometric scanner to support food…

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By Frank Hersey

Two East African nations fared very differently in how they use mobile phones for distributing welfare payments, according to a…

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By Frank Hersey

While in recent weeks the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic led to the disabling of biometric systems based on fears of spreading…

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By Anthony Kimery

"Open digital infrastructure has hugely helped societies access information, products, knowledge, and collaborate better with each other," said Dr. Pramod…

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By Brenda Zulu

This is a guest post by Brenda Zulu, an ICT journalist based in Zambia. Biometric citizen identification is expected by…

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By Chris Burt

UNHCR, the UN’s Refugee Agency, has piloted contactless iris biometrics in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Zambia and Malawi, according to a newly-published…

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By Jim Nash

Secure identity credentials are taken for granted by anyone who has had one since secondary school, but they are fundamental…

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Spotlight:

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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