Mobile Birth Registration in Sub-Saharan Africa: A case study of Orange Senegal and Uganda Telecom solutions

Tuesday 2 Jul 2013 |

In effectively all countries in the world, proof of identity is an essential prerequisite for gaining access to basic services, and to exercising fundamental human rights. Without a birth certificate, for example, a child may not be able to enrol for school, receive state health care services, claim rights to inheritance or obtain legal protection in courts of law. In the absence of a birth certificate, it is exceptionally difficult and costly for an individual to retrospectively establish their identity and, consequently, to participate as a citizen in their country of birth.

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