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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 President of Estonia has praised Kenya’s digital identity journey and says she believes the private sector can help push…

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By Chris Burt

Mastercard has chosen Trust Stamp to provide biometric privacy technology for its African financial inclusion initiative with Paycode. The Mastercard…

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By Ayang Macdonald

The World Bank Vice President for Western and Central Africa, Ousmane Diagana, says the continent has strong digital growth potential,…

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By Ayang Macdonald

A report commissioned by financial services company BankservAfrica and conducted by accounting firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has called on the government…

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By Frank Hersey

The Ghana Health Service in partnership with Gavi and Arm will begin a biometric-based national vaccination program in October 2021…

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By Ayang Macdonald

“Wow. The 48 hours deadline is truly respected. When it’s good, we should say it’s good. If government was respecting…

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By Frank Hersey

Today, September 16, is International ID Day, the day adopted by the ID4Africa Movement to promote the importance of legal…

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By Frank Hersey

A report into the various uses of digital ID in humanitarian settings brings together the many risks and challenges as…

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By Chris Burt

Pakistan’s National Database and Registration Authority has launched an app to allow users to perform biometric verification on their smartphones,…

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By Frank Hersey

Coinciding with events for International ID Day, the Digital Identities Design and Uses project is launching an evaluation of digital…

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By Frank Hersey

International ID Day on 16 September will see the digital identity cause begin a move to the mainstream, explore what…

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By Frank Hersey

The livecast for International ID Day 2021 included the first country presentations in ID4Africa’s new I-On-Africa series. The directors general…

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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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