SECTION I. Introduction

This section provides a primer on identification for development that we hope is useful for development practitioners and others who are new to thinking about identification, and for identity experts who are new to thinking about development.

It begins with an overview of why identification matters for development, including the global identification gap, the role of ID in supporting multiple development goals, and the particular risks, challenges, and success factors in building an inclusive and trusted ID system.

It then introduces core identity-related concepts and terms referenced throughout the Guide, including different types of ID systems, the lifecycle of creating and managing identities. and the main stakeholders and roles involved in providing, using, and overseeing ID systems.