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 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 Luana Pascu

Data control, integrity and availability are mandatory now that technology is deployed for humanitarian efforts, Balthasar Staehelin, ICRC (International Committee…

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By Chris Burt

Universal digital identity coverage could be achieved within the next two years, if shifts in political will and recognition of…

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By Frank Hersey

Back to the ballots for biometrics news headlines across Africa this week. In Ghana, parliament has approved a measure that…

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By Frank Hersey

There is a sense of reflection in Nigeria over the country’s ambitions to provide ID to all, with multiple reports…

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By Luana Pascu

Do we need more standards in biometrics? Is IBM making the right move by withdrawing its facial recognition technology from…

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By Luana Pascu

ID2020 has named UK company Zaka Group as its third digital solution certified for user empowerment and privacy protection, Ethan…

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By Chris Burt

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted biometrics-backed identity programs and exacerbated difficulties felt by Africa’s most vulnerable populations, but government identity…

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By Chris Burt

Biometric processes from enrollment to authentication in various settings will be different for the foreseeable future, attendees heard in the…

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By Frank Hersey

In biometrics and digital identity across Africa this week, civil servant pay is something of a theme as countries successfully…

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By Chris Burt

Several major developments in the push for universal identification have come out of the global pandemic, raising hopes that biometrics…

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By Chris Burt

Protocols for the reopening of Aadhaar Enrollment Centres to establish and re-enroll biometric national identity have been outlined by the…

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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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