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UN Sustainable Development Goal 16.9 calls for legal identity for all by 2030. Read Biometric Update news and in-depth features about digital identity projects in developing countries.

Communication with the public about how digital ID programs work has been insufficient in some past instances, but a government…

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Start small, test, and iterate: legal ID delivery advice from OpenCRVS engagement lead

Civil registration and vital statistics registries are critical tools for governments to understand the populations they are trying to serve;…

 

Nigeria ID4D continues partnership spree to meet digital ID ambitions

The Nigeria Digital Identification for Development project (Nigeria ID4D) and the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) have agreed to…

 

Guyana election official pushes for introduction of biometric voter verification

A member of the Guyana Electoral Commission (GECOM) has submitted a motion to the electoral body asking it to make…

 

Biometric audit finds thousands of ‘ghost workers’ on Ghana’s public service payroll

At least 148,000 public sector workers in Ghana cannot be biometrically identified in the database of the National Identification Authority…

 

Are overly simplistic national ID programs creating more exclusion?

Too many people advocating for digital national IDs make it sound like development programs are just an overlay on a…

 

Trusted digital identity can untap GDP potential, Callsign survey says

Digital trust may be difficult to measure, but increasing it just 5 percent is associated with an increase in GDP…

 

UN expects 350M more people worldwide to get legal identity by 2025

Erstwhile Policy Advisor and Program Manager for Legal Identity at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Niall McCann says despite…

 

Ghana switches from dedicated biometric cards for pensioners to Ghana Card, counts savings

The head of the Ghana Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), the government agency responsible for managing pension matters,…

 

Ethiopia plans upgrades to meet 10M digital IDs target by 2023, draft law approved

Ethiopia’s National Identity Program (NIDP) says it is looking forward to upgrading its hardware infrastructure and software licenses to be…

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