ID4D efforts at the country level support countries to assess existing systems, design improvements, implement more robust systems, and strengthen linkages to services. The World Bank uses a number of tools available across all stages of intervention at the country level.

ID Projects
Civil Registration (IDA and/or GFF)
Body Pre Diagnostic Dialogue Diagnostic Active Technical Advice Pipeline Project Preparation Financing & Implementation
Country Afghanistan
Country Angola
Country Bangladesh
Country Benin
Country Brazil
Country Burkina Faso
Country Cameroon
Country Cote d’Ivoire
Country Democratic Republic of Congo
Country El Salvador
Country Ethiopia
Country Federated States of Micronesia
Country Gabon
Pre Diagnostic Dialogue
Country Gambia
Country Guinea
Country Honduras
Country Indonesia
Country Kenya
Country Lao PDR
Country Lesotho
More +

Lesotho launched a modernized national ID (NID) system in 2013, applying a closely integrated approach for the administration of civil registration (CDR) and identification.  An estimated 85 percent of the Basotho population over the age of 16 have been issued a unique ID. Lesotho is working to further strengthen its ID ecosystem through, inter alia, expanding last mile coverage of the NID; maintaining up-to-date records through timely and universal reporting of births and deaths; and leveraging the NID-CR system for improved service delivery, public sector efficiency, and financial inclusion. 

In close collaboration with teams across the World Bank, the ID4D Initiative is supporting Lesotho in the review and updating of its legal and regulatory framework, including to strengthen data protection safeguards, facilitating secure data sharing across service providers, and to improve the accessibility of the ID system for members of marginalized and vulnerable populations. In addition, ID4D is providing technical assistance to strengthen identity verification and authentication options for service delivery and promote the integration of privacy-by-design features into the NID system. We are also supporting authorities in documenting and identifying new opportunities for public sector savings through leveraging the national ID system across multiple sectors and services.

Country Liberia
Country Madagascar
Country Marshall Islands
Country Mauritania
Country Mexico
Country Morocco
Country Mozambique
Country Nepal
Country Niger
Country Nigeria
More +

Due to a long history of one-off efforts by various agencies, the ID landscape in Nigeria grew to be highly fragmented with incomplete coverage. There are 13 federal and 3 state level ID systems, most of which are functional (e.g. voter IDs or banking IDs) but collect foundational data (including biometrics) and are widely accepted in the absence of a foundational ID system. The coverage across all ~ 13 federal ID systems is estimated to be less than 50% of population. There is now a recognition at the highest levels of government for the pressing need to harmonize various systems and position the NIN as a foundational digital platform for Nigeria. Under the leadership of National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), the country plans to implement a transformative ID4D Project starting in 2020 to harmonize various systems and leverage the full ecosystem of ID stakeholders for enrolment and close the coverage gap for foundational ID.

The World Bank is providing financial support by catalyzing a total investment of $430 mln, which includes co-financing of $100 mln by Agence Français de Développement and $215 mln from European Investment Bank.  The World Bank is also offering a complementary technical assistance (TA) to reform the digital ID and civil registration ecosystem. The TA  delivered so far included support for the development of a Strategic ID Roadmap endorsed by the highest levels of government (the Federal Executive Council), end user research focused on gender barriers to accessing identification, and national consultations with key marginalized groups (e.g. persons with disabilities) to receive feedback on the proposed project design and their barriers to accessing identification. In addition, the in-depth review of the privacy, data protection and cybersecurity frameworks has directly informed the design of the Nigeria Digital Identification for Development Project, which includes a component to strengthen the legal and regulatory framework for the foundational ID system.

Country Philippines
Country Rwanda
Country Samoa
Country Solomon Islands
Pre Diagnostic Dialogue
Country Somalia
More +

Somalia’s identification ecosystem is among the least developed, both globally and within Africa ,with an estimated 12 million people in the country without an official proof of identity today. While several functional ID systems exist, these are designed to meet specific program needs. This limits financial access and poses challenges for broader service delivery and economic growth.

The World Bank is supporting the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) in the design and implementation of a trusted and inclusive foundational ID system through the Somalia Capacity Advancement, Livelihoods and Entrepreneurship, through Digital Uplift Project (SCALED-UP) and technical assistance provided by ID4D. The ID system is envisioned to provide each resident of Somalia with a unique and verifiable proof of identity and to facilitate easier access to and effective delivery of services, with an initial focus on financial services.

World Bank engagement with the FGS on the ID system began with an ID4D Diagnostic in 2016, followed by an ID Enabling Environment Assessment. ID4D has been providing technical assistance to the FGS for the development of a Digital ID Policy and to ensure an inclusive, privacy-conscious, and development-oriented ID system design and implementation process. Financial support through the SCALED-UP project is centered on the establishment of a robust enabling framework for the digital ID system and on facilitating the inclusive enrollment of the population, with a special emphasis on accessibility for women and girls and other marginalized and vulnerable populations.

Country Togo
Country Tonga
Country Tunisia
Country Uganda
Country Uzbekistan
Country Vietnam