The World Bank Annual Report 2019 marks the third year since the launch of the World Bank Group’s Identification for Development (ID4D) partnership platform and provides an opportunity to highlight the achievements of the past year and reflect on growing trends.
ID remains an important priority for the World Bank Group as they focus on the approximately one billion people around the world without any officially recognized ID, of whom half live in Africa. For women in low-income countries, closer to one in two do not have an ID. They are effectively invisible to providers of services and face a fundamental barrier to meaningful participation in their society and economy. ID4D is playing a leading role in addressing this challenge.
As data and digital IDs become more widespread, the responsible use of technologies and managing threats to data protection become more critical. The World Bank is currently supporting more than forty countries to design and implement good digital ID and civil registration systems, often in collaboration with other development partners. The ID4D coalition of governments, partners and stakeholders is well-placed to succeed in their efforts and equip people with the tools they need to easily prove who they are. Together, we can achieve our goals of helping people become visible so they can participate in their society and their economy. With our network of ID experts and executives we will help the World Bank execute their vision in countries involved.
Make sure you also check out the ID4D Practioner's Guide with input from our Digie experts and executives.This Guide was created by the World Bank Group’s Identification for Development (ID4D) Initiative to help practitioners design and implement identification (ID) systems that are inclusive and trusted—in accordance with the ten Principles on Identification for Sustainable Development and other international standards and best practices. It is intended to serve as a central resource for country counterparts, World Bank Group staff, and other actors involved in planning, managing, and financing ID systems. The Guide builds on existing resources and publications from ID4D and other organizations and is intended to help practitioners navigate this disparate material in a user-friendly way.