Identity in a Digital Age: Infrastructure for Inclusive Development  Research Publication

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Focus Areas:

Good Governance, Technology and Digital Development

Good Governance, Technology and Digital DevelopmentSEE LESS


Africa, Asia and Pacific, Europe and Eurasiaand 3 MoreSEE MORE

Africa, Asia and Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America / Caribbean, North America and Middle East and North AfricaSEE LESS

There may be no single factor that affects a person’s ability to share in the gains of global development -- to receive services and be represented -- as much as having an official identity. Identity is tied to voting rights, financial inclusion, land ownership, education, and can even help protect against human trafficking or child marriage. Yet the complex forces behind identity systems are often overlooked or misunderstood, leading to inefficiencies and missed opportunities for inclusive and sustainable ID systems. With emerging digital technologies, the ID landscape is poised to become even more complex.This report assesses the opportunities and risks of digital ID systems in development. It particularly focuses on the role of project-driven ID investments and argues for a broader view of digital ID as essential development infrastructure.