Initiative of the World Bank Group

The ID4D Initiative brings global knowledge and expertise across sectors and countries to tackle this fundamental challenge. It operates as a horizontal initiative across at least 13 different World Bank Group Global Practices and units working on digital development, social protection, financial inclusion, health, governance, gender, legal, agriculture, impact evaluation, private sector development and data. Over the last few years, the agenda has been embedded in the dialogue and the projects among these sector teams. 

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World Bank Group

The World Bank Group senior management have placed strategic importance on ID4D — there is an active Director Group which brings a cohesive approach across the different units engaged on this initiative and a dedicated program management unit to ensure global and country lessons are advanced and to sustain a cross sectoral approach to the agenda. Together with development partners, the World Bank Group is well-positioned to advance this critical agenda given its multi-sectoral expertise, extensive global footprint, and range of financial instruments.


To accelerate the Initiative’s work at global, regional and country levels, the ID4D Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) was established with catalytic contributions from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation followed by the UK Government, the French Government, NORAD,  and the Omidyar Network. This MDTF provides a platform for partners to cohesively advance progress across ID4D’s three pillars with a common vision and shared actions; and shapes global approaches and a shared vision on identification.



Given the size of the global identification gap, no single country, international organization, NGO, or private sector entity can surmount this challenge by working alone—coordination is needed at the global, regional and national levels. To this end, ID4D is developing strong partnerships with a range of actors working on this emerging topic—including United Nations (UN) agencies, foundations, think tanks and academics, regional bodies, private sector associations and standards bodies.


  • Center for Global Development
  • European Commission
  • GSMA
  • International Organization for Migration (IOM)
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)
  • World Economic Forum
  • World Food Programme (WFP)

Technical Expert Group

ID4D supports client countries with facilitating access to peers, technical experts and practitioners in digital identification planning, implementation and related topics. To meet this growing demand, ID4D has a Technical Expert Group (TEG) of external of practitioners who have either worked for or advised to governments in the design and roll out of digital identification.


Technical Expert Group

TEG Members:

(In alphabetical order)

  • Joseph Atick, Executive Chairman of ID4Africa
  • Adam Cooper, Independent Identity Standards Expert, former Technical Architect of GOV.UK Verify, contributor to the eIDAS Regulation regarding cross-border eID in the EU
  • Alan Gelb, Senior fellow, Center for Global Development, former World Bank Chief Economist for Africa
  • Mia Harbitz, former Lead Specialist for Identity Management and Registries, Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)
  • Gus Hosein, Executive Director, Privacy International
  • Sanjay Jain, Core Volunteer at iSPIRT, former Chief Product Manager, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)
  • Frank Leyman, former Chairman of ICA, former manager of international relations of FEDICT, EU (Belgium)
  • Vijay Madan, former Director General of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)
  • Tariq Malik, Technical Advisor at UNDP Malawi, former Chairman of the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) of Pakistan
  • Luis Bullón Salazar, former General Manager of Registro Nacional de Identificación y Estado Civil (RENIEC) of Peru
  • Andrea Servida, Head of “e-Government and Trust” Unit at Directorate General Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG-CONNECT), European Commission
  • Dr. Michiel van der Veen, Director of Innovation & Development, National Office for Identity Data, Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, Netherlands