Mobile for Development – Digital Identity: Closing the Gap Through the Power of Mobile
The ability to prove one’s identity is essential to securing a number of life-enhancing services such as healthcare, education, financial services, connectivity and social protections. However, an estimated 1.1 billion people worldwide lack formal identification, predominantly in developing countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Whilst many people lack formal identification, mobile phone penetration is increasing, with even the most rural communities frequently having access to mobile phones. As a result mobile technology has the unique opportunity to provide socially impactful and commercially sustainable digital identity solutions in developing markets. This interactive session will look at emerging policy and regulatory trends linked to mobile SIM registration, promote best practice on how to create an enabling environment for digital identity and highlight the role mobile operators can play in providing consumers’ access to life-enhancing services. Finally the session will look at examples of some of the digital identity solutions that are being trialled across the region. To register your interest please contact : firstname.lastname@example.org.