ID4D has created platform for countries exchange knowledge, best practices and lessons, especially by leveraging the experiences of countries that have successfully implemented identification systems. The knowledge sharing occurs in three ways:
Cote d’Ivoire and Guinea to Kick-Start West Africa Regional Identification Program
In June 2018, the World Bank approved $317.1 million in IDA financing to facilitate access to services for millions of people through building an ID system that is inclusive of all persons in the Economic Community of West African States territory. Known as the West Africa Unique Identification for Regional Integration and Inclusion (WURI) Program, Cote d’Ivoire and Guinea will be the first to implement the program covering approximately 22.5 and 12.5 million people, respectively, by 2024. As both countries consider how to develop their own identification systems, government delegations traveled to Peru to participate in a south-south exchange program to learn from Peru’s experience in implementing the national ID program Registro Nacional de Identificación y Estado Civil. Read the Press Release
Identification as a centerpiece for development: What can other countries learn from Peru?
In the 1990’s Peru’s internal conflict left more than 3 million Peruvians without identification. Today, the country has achieved near universal ID coverage after years of making identification a national priority. Peru’s ability to drive the identification agenda has inspired other countries to achieve similar results. Last month, the World Bank Group organized a learning visit to Peru for delegations from Cote d’Ivoire and Guinea, as part of ID4D’s ongoing South-South Exchange Program to help countries share knowledge, best practices and lessons, and leverage experiences from countries that have successfully implemented identification systems. Read Blog
Series of Knowledge Sharing Events in Uzbekistan
ID4D organized a series of knowledge sharing events in Uzbekistan, following a formal request from the government to learn from Moldova and the Kyrgyz Republic’s experience in implementing a national identification system. These sessions were attended by over 150 government officials from Uzbekistan, and focused on lessons learned from mobile ID implementation and the roll-out of Smart ID Cards. Participants benefited from this in-country learning opportunity, which is closely linked to the preparation of the new “Digital Uzbekistan” investment project.
ID4D Formalizes Partnership with Estonia’s e-Governance Academy
In August, ID4D signed a master agreement with Estonia’s e-Governance Academy to deploy their expertise in support of countries embarking on digital identification projects. The agreement facilitates access to Estonian experts who have experience in implementing digital ID solutions in Estonia and elsewhere. It can be used for advisory and consulting services, knowledge transfer, trainings and South-South exchanges. This agreement is now operational and can be leveraged by teams across the World Bank who work in the areas of digital identification, as well as digital government platforms and e-services delivery projects.
Opportunity for a Digital ID System in the Philippines
The Philippine Government is planning to introduce a national ID system to serve as a digital platform that will transform how services are delivered and strengthened. This new system would enable financial inclusion, e-government, social protection and other areas. The World Bank supported this effort through an ID4D Diagnostic, launched in November 2017, and then facilitated a study tour to India to learn about the design and implementation of Aadhaar. In February 2018, a workshop was held on the preliminary diagnostic results and implementation considerations.
The Philippine Government is planning to introduce a national ID system to serve as a digital platform that will transform how services are delivered and strengthened. This new system would enable financial inclusion, e-government, social protection and other areas. Launched in November 2017, the World Bank supported this effort through an ID4D country diagnostic and then facilitated a study tour to India to learn about the design and implementation of Aadhaar. This month, a workshop was held on the preliminary diagnostic results and implementation considerations.
Morocco and India—South-South Knowledge Exchange
ID4D is supporting a knowledge exchange between India and Morocco, which is seeking inspiration for its new National Population Registry (NPR) to be developed under a recently approved $100 million loan from the World Bank. The exchange began in 2016 with a visit by the first Director General of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the agency of the Aadhaar program, to Morocco. This visit was followed by a Moroccan technical-level delegation to India in Spring 2017. A second October 2017 visit enabled the Moroccan
delegation to meet representatives of various ministries involved in the design and use of the Aadhaar system, including the Ministry of Technology and the Ministry of Petroleum in charge of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) subsidy in New Delhi. The delegation witnessed the use of the identification and identity verification system in schools, health centers, stores and centers distributing rice to families and cash transfers to mothers. Overall, the visit helped the Moroccan delegation better understand the organizational, financial and implementation arrangements of the Aadhaar system. Officials saw first hand the potential of a digital identification system to contribute to greater effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of government programs and services (including social protection) and its ability to promote growth, by offering a platform for the development of a wide range of information technology services.
Digital ID Ecosystem to be realized in Tanzania by 2020
The National Identification Authority of Tanzania (NIDA), with support from the World Bank, organized a ‘Digital ID Ecosystem’ workshop in Bagomoyo, Tanzania on September 18thand 19th. The aim of the workshop was to bring together stakeholders such as Government agencies, private sector associations and development partners to agree on a shared vision of for how the new national ID system can strengthen service delivery and digital development in Tanzania by 2020. Over 100 representatives of 52 organizations took part
over the two days. World-leading experts presented experiences from other countries, including Dr. Joseph Atick (founder of ID4Africa), Vijay Madan (former Director-General of the Unique ID Authority of India), and Margus Puua (former CIO of Estonia). Among the agreements reached at the meeting were lowering the age of registration in the national ID system to 0, which will bring Tanzania in line with best practices of having a unique ID from birth to death when national ID numbers are issued at the time of birth registration, and a commitment by service providers to integrate national ID numbers and NIDA’s authentication services into their own systems. A Digital ID Ecosystem Taskforce (DIET) was established to develop a roadmap to implement the outcomes of the workshop, which will be presented at a follow up workshop in Dar es Salaam in early-December.