The ID4D Initiative
The World Bank Group’s Identification for Development (ID4D) Initiative harnesses global and cross-sectoral knowledge, World Bank financing instruments, and partnerships to help countries realize the transformational potential of identification (ID) systems, including civil registration (CR). The aim is to enable all people to exercise their rights and access better services and economic opportunities in line with the Sustainable Development Goals. This is especially important as countries transition to digital economies, digital governments, and digital societies, and inclusive and trusted ID systems are key to ensure the benefits are realized by all as well as for safeguarding privacy.
ID4D operates across the World Bank Group with global practices and units working on digital development, social protection, health, financial inclusion, governance, gender, and data protection, among others. To ensure alignment with international good practices for maximizing development benefits and minimizing risks, ID4D is guided by the 10 Principles on Identification for Sustainable Development, which have been jointly developed and endorsed by the World Bank Group and over 30 global and regional organizations (see http://idprinciples.org).
The work of ID4D is made possible through support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the UK Government, The French Government, The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), and the Omidyar Network.
ID4D’s Three Pillars of Work
The ID4D Initiative consists of three mutually reinforcing pillars of work:
Thought Leadership & Analytics
Advancing understanding of identification, including answering key questions:
Why ID matters? — Researching the role of identification in development across sectors, including impact evaluations.
How to build a good system? — Developing a comprehensive set of knowledge resources, with emphasis on international best practices.
What progress has been made? — Identifying gaps and measuring progress in the coverage and quality of ID systems, such as the annual update of the Global ID4D Dataset.
Learn more: Research
Global Public Goods and Convening
Unifying and driving the identification agenda at global, regional and national levels by raising awareness, strengthening coordination among a wide range of actors, developing and supporting the development of normative tools, and facilitating peer to-peer learning.
Country & Regional Action
Providing technical and financial assistance to countries and regions and leveraging a wide-range of World Bank Group instruments in collaboration with other development partners and donors across three stages: (1) assessment and roadmap, (2) design and upstream advisory services, and (3) implementation.
Learn more: Country & Regional Action
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