December 9, 2016
One’s identity is a centerpiece of every aspect of his/her life – financial and social standing, health, family welfare, employment, education, etc. Therefore, the recognition and authentication of an individual’s identity, together with associated rights, is becoming a priority for governments around the world.
Identification – whether through civil registries or other national identification systems – has three overarching outcome goals from a development perspective: inclusion and access to essential services (health care, education, electoral rights, financial services, social safety net programs); effective and efficient administration of public services, transparent policy decisions and improved governance.
Even though accessible, robust and verifiable universal ID systems are believed to be crucial for inclusiv ...