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Digital Identity & Mobile: The Power Duo behind Inclusive Digital Transformation and 5 trends we’ve spotted over the last year

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The COVID pandemic has amplified the role of mobile in enabling access to life-enhancing digital services in one’s own name by empowering individuals to assert their identity digitally (and remotely). Through our projects and research, generously supported by the UK’s ...

10 Principles for good ID: A 2021 refresh

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As Governments continue to accelerate the pace at which they are digitally transforming their economies, building an inclusive and robust Digital ID ecosystem has never been so important. At the same time, as mobile is the predominant platform through which most people ...

Can digital identity become a passport for the world’s low-income populations?

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This blog was written by Adil Khan, Advocacy Manager at the GSMA, and featured on the TRT World website. The pandemic has opened the door to greater adoption of dynamic digital ID systems. Governments must now find a way to deliver on its transformational potential. The ...

Reflecting on GSMA’s Commonwealth Digital Identity Initiative

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Lack of identification among women and girls is a major issue across the world because without it they cannot access basic service such as mobile connectivity, education and health. In 2018, in partnership with the World Bank and Caribou Digital, GSMA’s Digital Identity ...

GSMA Digital Identity Programme: Insights and Achievements (2016–2020)

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Notwithstanding the sombre mood we find ourselves during this global pandemic, the Digital Identity team have a reason to celebrate; the successful completion of the first phase of the programme, generously supported by the UK’s Department for International Development ...

Opportunities for Improving Digital Identification in Social Cash Transfer programmes through Mobile: Insights from Kenya and Malawi

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In order to understand the potential role of mobile in supporting identification and verification of programme beneficiaries in the social cash transfer process, we conducted wide-ranging research in two countries - Kenya and Malawi.

Mobile based voice biometric identity: an emerging technology that could assist vulnerable populations

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Safaricom PLC officially launched the Jitambulishe (identify yourself) voice biometric (VB) service for its subscriber base. The service allows subscribers to access personalised self-service offerings by authenticating themselves via voice biometric recognition.

A right to identity is a right to a future

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The GSMA Digital Identity programme continues to play a key role in exploring, advocating and raising awareness of the opportunity for mobile to improve access to official identification and identity-linked services.

When ID works for women: initial findings from Sri Lanka

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As part of the Commonwealth Digital Identity Initiative, Caribou Digital conducted interviews during fieldwork in Colombo and its outskirts to explore the role of ID for women and work. 

Digital identity for the underserved and the role of mobile

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This free one-day course highlights the role of mobile in digital identification systems and how digital identity can empower people to become digital citizens who can fully participate in today’s digital economy.

Digital identity opportunity in mobile-enabled social benefits programmes

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Mobile technologies offer SCT and similar social benefits programmes a way to greatly reduce operational costs, so that donor funds can more effectively reach a larger number of beneficiaries. Here are two areas where adoption of mobile technology in social programmes can be ...

Creating an ‘economic ID’ for SMEs in Lagos

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We explored the potential of an ‘economic ID’ for SMEs in Lagos.

Closing the identity gap for women and the role of mobile: 5 insights from the Commonwealth Digital Identity Initiative

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At Mobile360 Africa we’ll be sharing our insights on ‘Closing the identity gap for women and the role of mobile’.  We hope that you’ll be able to join this session in person – and to help whet your appetite we are sharing five of our top insights from this work.

The role of privacy frameworks in building trust for digital identity services

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The GSMA conducted end-user research to explore attitudes around privacy and trust both in the presence and absence of comprehensive data protection frameworks, as well as consumers’ willingness to access digital services linked to their identity details.

Understanding Capture and Validate KYC Processes

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Whilst governments can take different approaches to implementing SIM registration, we have asserted that ‘Capture and Validate’ (C&V) processes give the highest level of confidence that the person registering a SIM ‘is who they claim to be’.

Digital identity opportunities for women: Insights from Nigeria, Bangladesh, and Rwanda

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Through discussions with more than 300 people across the three countries – including experts from the mobile industry, international development community, and private sector - we identified and explored a range of opportunity areas for mobile.

Identity and the Urban Poor

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Despite a shortage of urban-rural disaggregated data on national identity coverage, evidence from most countries suggests that access to identity is generally highest in more developed urban areas, and lowest in rural locations. Our own on-the-ground research – which now ...

Economic ID for farmers: a practical solution for cocoa farmers

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In this blog, we introduce Kojo. Kojo is an archetypal smallholder cocoa farmer in Ghana, representing well over 800,000 cocoa farming families in the country.

Exploring the Gender Gap in Identification: Policy insights from 10 countries

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The ability to prove your identity is fundamental to exercise your rights and secure access to a wide range of vital services such as healthcare, education, mobile connectivity, social security programmes and financial services. Globally, there are still one billion people ...

Digital identity opportunities in Malawi, Sri Lanka, Uganda, and Zambia

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Over one billion people around the world, including more than 230 million women and girls in the Commonwealth, lack official proof of identity. Recognising that mobile technology and mobile network operators (MNOs) are well-positioned to tackle this issue, we explored the ...