Lagos to Mombasa: How Can Digital ID Be Harnessed for Development?

October 21, 2021

The scope and sophistication of ID systems have advanced remarkably in the last 20 years, with over 60 developing countries establishing national ID programs. And digital technologies, such as biometrics, have dramatically expanded the capabilities of these programs.

How can these technologies be harnessed to advance development agendas?

In this episode Dr. Joseph Atick, Executive Chairman of ID4Africa, and Alan Gelb, CGD Senior Fellow, join Gyude to discuss the evolution of ID systems across Africa, the benefits and risks of digital ID systems, and what African governments can learn from countries like India about what works and what doesn’t.




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