9:30—11:00 AM
Center for Global Development
2055 L St, NW
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Washington, DC 20036

Societal Platforms: Building beyond Aadhaar for Sustainable Development


Nandan Nilekani
Co-founder and Non-executive Chairman, Infosys; Founding Chairman, Unique Identification Authority of India; Co-founder and Chairman, EkStep Foundation


Carolina Trivelli
Former Minister of Development and Social Inclusion, Peru; Chairman of the Board, Pagos Digitales Peruanos; and Chair of the Executive Committee, CGAP 

Paul Romer
Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, World Bank

Alan Gelb
Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

CGD, in partnership with the World Bank Group, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Omidyar Network, is delighted to host Nandan Nilekani, the founding chairman of UIDAI (Aadhaar), the unique identification system of India, which has enrolled more than a billion people. Nilekani will speak on “Societal Platforms: A Cambrian Approach to Sustainable Development”—how we can distill principles from the unique architecture of Aadhaar to develop new platforms, like EkStep on education, that can enable people to access an increasingly wide array of transformative services.

Just as GPS technology for military satellites is now used for a huge range of purposes including hailing taxis to (potentially) driverless cars, what other social and economic challenges could India’s experience help resolve? How can other developing countries learn from India’s lead? How should the international community support similar approaches in other countries?

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