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2019 #FinclusionWeek with Yiannis Theodorou: How is mobile money contributing to the SDGs?

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Friday 1 Nov 2019 | Digital Identity | Digital Inclusion | Ecosystem payments | English | Financial services products | Global | Mobile Money | Resource | Video |

One billion individuals are unable to prove who they are due to a lack of official ID documentation. In 60 seconds, Yiannis Theodorou, Acting Head of Digital Identity at the GSMA, tells us how mobile is working to overcome this problem.

Capacity Building course: Digital identity for the underserved and the role of mobile

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Monday 9 Sep 2019 | Digital Identity | The Commonwealth Digital Identity Initiative |

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.

GSMA end-user research: Our top 5 lessons about digital identity

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Friday 2 Aug 2019 | Digital Identity | Research | Resource |

This video highlights our top five lessons learned about digital identity from the GSMA Digital Identity Team's end-user research.

Economic Identities for Small Business Owners: Insights from Nigeria

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Wednesday 10 Jul 2019 | Business model | Digital Identity | Digital Inclusion | Nigeria | Resource | Sub-Saharan Africa | The Commonwealth Digital Identity Initiative |

Recent end-user research conducted by the GSMA Digital Identity programme highlighted that informal business owners in Nigeria – many of which are women – often struggle to demonstrate their personal and business ...

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

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Monday 17 Jun 2019 | Digital Identity | Policy and regulation |

Understanding end-user attitudes towards mobile services linked to their digital identity

Understanding Capture and Validate KYC Processes: Global Experiences, Challenges and Learnings

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Wednesday 29 May 2019 | Bangladesh | Digital Identity | Ghana | Global | India | Indonesia | Pakistan | Peru | Policy and regulation | Report | Resource | Senegal | Thailand | Uganda |

Fundamentally, Capture and Validate systems are dependent on the availability of a verifiable identity scheme, and the ability of individuals to access the government-recognised identity documents that meet registration requirements.

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

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Wednesday 29 May 2019 | Bangladesh | Digital Identity | Digital Inclusion for Women | Gender | Nigeria | Research | Resource | Rwanda | The Commonwealth Digital Identity Initiative |

Drawing on in-country qualitative research, this study explores the specific incentives, challenges, preferences and benefits that women and girls will encounter, compared to men, when engaging with digital identity systems or services.

GSMA interview with Pinky Kekana, Deputy Minister of Communications, South Africa

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Friday 3 May 2019 | Digital Identity | Video |

During the Ministerial Programme at MWC19 the GSMA Digital Identity programme interviewed Pinky Kekana, Deputy Minister of Communications, South Africa.

The Commonwealth Digital Identity Initiative

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Monday 25 Feb 2019 | Digital Identity | Digital Inclusion for Women |

Leveraging mobile to enable proof of identification for women and girls in the Commonwealth

Identity and the Urban Poor

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Wednesday 27 Mar 2019 | Digital Identity |

In this case study, we consolidate a wide range of insights on the unique identity challenges faced by three specific types of urban dwellers: children born in urban areas, rural-urban migrants and those who have been ...

Exploring the Gender Gap in Identification: Policy Insights from 10 Countries

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Friday 22 Mar 2019 | Bangladesh | Botswana | Digital Identity | Digital Inclusion for Women | Gender | Malawi | Mobile Money | Nigeria | Papua New Guinea | Policy and regulation | Resource | Rwanda | Sri Lanka | Uganda | Zambia | Zimbabwe |

Our 10-country study explores the intersection between cultural, social and policy barriers facing women and girls when accessing and using ID and provides gender-sensitive solutions for governments to ensure a more enabling ID-related ...

Mobile-enabled Economic Identities for Smallholder Farmers in Ghana

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Friday 8 Mar 2019 | Case studies | Digital Identity | Ghana | Mobile Money | Mobile Money Programme |

The report highlights key research findings that show how the ubiquity of mobile technology has created a platform for gathering, storing and processing data on the economic behaviours of end users, including smallholder farmers.

Digital identity opportunities in Zambia

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Friday 22 Feb 2019 | Digital Identity | Report | Research | Resource | Zambia |

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 ...

Digital identity opportunities in Uganda

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Friday 22 Feb 2019 | Digital Identity | Mobile Money | Report | Research | Resource | Uganda |

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 ...

Digital identity opportunities in Sri Lanka

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Friday 22 Feb 2019 | Digital Identity | Report | Research | Resource | Sri Lanka |

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 ...

Digital identity opportunities in Malawi

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Friday 22 Feb 2019 | Digital Identity | Malawi | Mobile Money | Report | Research | Resource |

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 ...

Innovative mobile solutions linking health and identity

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Monday 18 Feb 2019 | Benin | Case study | Digital Identity | Lesotho | Mobile Health | Mobile Money | Resource | South Asia | Sri Lanka | Sub-Saharan Africa |

In this case study we will explore four innovative mobile-enabled health solutions in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia which have been developed to use mobile technology to identify patients to create unique digital health identities to ...

Digital identity

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Monday 18 Feb 2019 | Digital Identity | Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation | Video |

Leveraging mobile to enable proof of identification for people affected by humanitarian crises

Recognising Urban Refugees in Jordan: Opportunities for mobile-enabled identity solutions

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Tuesday 22 Jan 2019 | Digital Identity | Jordan | Middle East and North Africa | Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation | Mobile Money | Refugee crisis | Resource |

This report, through an extensive literature review and stakeholder interviews, brings new focus on the complex identity-related challenges faced by urban refugees in Jordan, the tenth largest refugee-hosting nation in the world. ...

Transforming Women’s Lives with Mobile: UNGA Panel

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Tuesday 23 Oct 2018 | Connected Women | Digital Identity | Digital Inclusion | Digital Inclusion for Women | Digital literacy | Digital skills | Financial services products | Gender | Industry Purpose | Mobile access and use | Mobile for Development | Mobile Health | Mobile Internet for Women | Mobile literacy | Mobile Money | Mobile Money for Women | Resource | Video |

‘Transforming Women's Lives with Mobile': A Panel Discussion Hosted by the GSMA at UNGA 2018. A conversation with Yasmina McCarty, GSMA; Elisabeth Biering, Telenor; Sanda Ojiambo, Safaricom; and Anna Falth, UN Women, highlighting ...

Roadmap for Digital Birth Registration: Identity for every child through the power of mobile

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Friday 3 Aug 2018 | Digital Identity | Global | Infographic | Resource |

This 6-page document provides an overview of the 

Innovative mobile digital identity solutions: Financial inclusion and Birth Registration

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Wednesday 18 Jul 2018 | Case study | Digital Identity | Ecosystem payments | English | Financial services products | Latin America & the Caribbean | Mobile Money | Mobile Money Programme | Regulation | Resource | Sub-Saharan Africa |

This case study looks at two start-ups that are using mobile technology to establish functional and foundational identities in the Caribbean and Burkina Faso, and looks at how those could be developed to provide people with further ...

Digital Identity for Smallholder Farmers: Insights from Sri Lanka

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Thursday 29 Mar 2018 | Digital Identity | Mobile Money | Report | Resource | South Asia | Sri Lanka |

This report highlights key findings from the Digital Identity programme’s qualitative research in Sri Lanka, which was designed to help improve the mobile industry’s understanding of farmers’ identity-related needs and pain points, as ...

Roadmap for Digital Birth Registration: Insights on Scale and Sustainability from Pakistan

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Thursday 8 Mar 2018 | Digital Identity | Digital Inclusion | Mobile Money | Pakistan | Report | Resource |

We have produced this Roadmap for Digital Birth Registration as a guide for MNOs and their partners who are seeking opportunities to achieve greater impact, efficiency and efficacy in digital birth registration. Drawing ...

Access to Mobile Services and Proof of Identity

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Saturday 23 Feb 2019 | Digital Identity | English | Global | Mobile Money | Policy and regulation | Report | Resource |

The ability to prove one’s identity is essential to securing both rights and access to a number of life-enhancing services including healthcare, voting, education, financial services, employment and social protections. As we continue...

Blockchain for Development: Emerging Opportunities for Mobile, Identity and Aid

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Thursday 14 Dec 2017 | Digital Identity | Global | Report | Research | Resource |

Of all the emerging technologies that are likely to shape the future of international development, perhaps none is getting more attention today than blockchain. But for many mobile network operators (MNOs) and their partners within the ...

Enabling Access to Mobile Services for the Forcibly Displaced

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Monday 11 Sep 2017 | Digital Identity | Digital Inclusion | Global | Policy and regulation | Resource |

In this Policy Note, we focus on identity-related barriers preventing Forcibly Displaced Persons (FDPs), including refugees, from accessing mobile connectivity and mobile financial services (MFS). This Note offers several ...

Understanding the Identity Gender Gap

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Friday 18 Aug 2017 | Digital Identity | Digital Inclusion for Women | English | Gender | Report | Resource |

Official proof of identity is fundamental to an individual’s ability to enforce their rights and secure access to a wide range of vital services such as healthcare, education, mobile connectivity and social protections. For this ...

Refugees and Identity: Considerations for Mobile-enabled Registration and Aid Delivery

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Thursday 20 Jul 2017 | Digital Identity | English | Global | Iraq | Kenya | Middle East and North Africa | Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation | Report | Resource |

An area of increasing focus is the opportunity for mobile and digital technology to play a role in establishing unique, digital identities for refugees. Innovations in mobile technology have also brought about a shift in the way ...

The State of Mobile Data for Social Good Report

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Thursday 29 Jun 2017 | Big data | Digital Identity | Global | Report | Resource |

This report, which identifies over 200 projects or studies leveraging mobile data for social good, aims to survey the landscape today, assess the current barriers to scale, and make recommendations for a way forward. It details some of ...

Aadhaar: Inclusive by Design – A Look at India’s National Identity Programme and its Role in the JAM Trinity

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Thursday 30 Mar 2017 | Digital Identity | India | Resource |

This report provides some context to the evolution and design of Aadhaar by exploring the identity landscape in India pre- 2009, and by highlighting two other Indian identity programmes that provided important lessons for UIDAI despite ...

Identity for Sustainable Development: An End-user Perspective Report

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Friday 24 Feb 2017 | Cote d'Ivoire | Digital Identity | English | Pakistan | Report | Resource | Tanzania |

This report highlights key findings from the GSMA Digital Identity programme’s qualitative research in three countries: Tanzania, Pakistan and Côte d’Ivoire. These countries are at three distinct stages on their journey towards ...

Innovations in Mobile Birth Registration: Insights from Tigo Tanzania and Telenor Pakistan

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Thursday 12 Jan 2017 | Digital Dividend | Digital Identity | English | Pakistan | Report | Resource | Tanzania |

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, at least 1.5 billion people still lack an ...

Regulatory and policy trends impacting Digital Identity and the role of mobile

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Wednesday 26 Oct 2016 | Digital Dividend | Digital Identity | Digital Inclusion | English | Middle East and North Africa | Operational best practices | Resource | South Asia | Sub-Saharan Africa |

Currently, over 1.5bn people lack any form of legally recognised identity and this disproportionally impacts rural residents, poor people, women, children, and other vulnerable groups in Africa and Asia. Identity systems increase in ...

Digital Identity: Towards Shared Principles for Public and Private Sector Cooperation

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Tuesday 26 Jul 2016 | Digital Identity | Digital Inclusion | Digital literacy | Global | Operational best practices | Product development and product design | Report | Resource | Social impact and behavioural change |

The ability to prove one’s identity is increasingly recognized as the basis for participation in social, political, economic, and cultural life. Yet at least a billion people in developing countries lack any form of officially ...

Birth Registration in Tanzania: Tigo’s support of the new mobile birth registration system

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Friday 22 Jul 2016 | Digital Dividend | Digital Identity | Digital literacy | English | Local content | Mobile access and use | Report | Resource | Social impact and behavioural change | Sub-Saharan Africa | Tanzania |

In addition to establishing a child’s identity, birth registration acts as a key enabler for a multitude of development outcomes including access to healthcare, education and social protection. Mobile technology has an increasingly ...

M4D Impact Products & Services Landscape – Quarterly Report

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Tuesday 3 Nov 2015 | Digital Identity | English | Global | Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation | Research | Resource | Social impact and behavioural change | State of the industry and trends | User insights and data |

Over the last year, we have showcased many new products and services from our M4D Products & Services Tracker. As the number of mobile products and services increases, the opportunity for identity solutions has also ...