universal coverage and accessibility

1. Ensuring universal coverage for individuals from birth to death, free from discrimination.
2. Removing barriers to access and usage and disparities in the availability of information and technology.

robust, secure, responsive, and sustainable

3. Establishing a robust—unique, secure, and accurate—identity.
4. Creating a platform that is interoperable and responsive to the needs of various users.
5. Using open standards and ensuring vendor and technology neutrality.
6. Protecting user privacy and control through system design
7. Planning for financial and operational sustainability without compromising accessibility.

building trust by protecting privacy and user rights

8. Safeguarding data privacy, security, and user rights through a comprehensive legal and regulatory framework.
9. Establishing clear institutional mandates and accountability.
10. Enforcing legal and trust frameworks though independent oversight and adjudication of grievances.

ID4D facilitated a global effort to develop a set of shared Principles that are fundamental to maximizing the benefits of identification systems for sustainable development while mitigating many of the risks. By shaping and endorsing these Principles through a series of consultations, 22 organizations (see the full list below) have taken an important step toward developing a broad consensus on the appropriate approach for identification systems and how they should—and should not—be used to support development and the achievement of multiple SDGs.

These Principles reflect the start of ongoing cooperation and consultation among the growing group of organizations working on identification and development. As with successful identification systems, the Principles must evolve over time as lessons emerge from implementation. Therefore, these organizations have agreed to come together periodically to incorporate new learning into these Principles and strengthen global cooperation to provide legal identity for all.