Sessions » Identity initiatives for emerging markets

Identity initiatives for emerging markets

BLUE ROOM - Ballroom C
Day 3 - May 2

An estimated 1.1 billion people – or one in every seven people – in the world are unable to prove their identity. A majority of these people live in developing nations within Africa and Asia, and this lack of identity can prevent access to services that most people take for granted, such as financial services, social benefits, healthcare, migration, and legal rights, such as voting.

Advances in identification technology – digital, smart cards, biometric, mobile – are providing an opportunity to leapfrog traditional paper-based approaches and build stronger, more efficient identification systems at scale.

This session takes a look at a range of current identity initiatives in emerging economies, from voting augmented with biometrics, to the implementation of national IDs that can provide additional citizen services. The session also looks at growing concerns amongst governments around vendor lock-ins/proprietary technologies and the lack of standards civil registration systems.



Bridging the gap between civil registration and identification systems – Technical standards for the developing world
Debora Camparin, Workgroup Representative, ID for Development, Secure Identity Alliance, France

There is a growing need for the development of technical standards that bridge the gap between civil registration and identification systems for the developing world. This is due to growing concerns amongst governments around vendor lock-ins/proprietary technologies and the lack of standards for the CRVS components of identification systems. An SIA taskforce has been set up to resolve the issue.

•    Mapping of existing technical standards against ID lifecycle and ID system’s bricks.
•    Identification of gaps;
•    Definition of applicability parameters to the developing country context;
•    Development a set of technical standards to fill in the gaps.
The first results will be presented at connect:ID 2018 conference.

The Philippine Passport: bridging the path to a National ID
Ricarte B. Abejuela III, Passport Director, Philippines
Mina Angeles L. Ganzon, Lead, ePassport Project Team, Office of Consular Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs, The Philippines

The Philippines remains probably the only country in Southeast Asia without a national identification card. Thus, its current ePassport serves two purposes: as a travel document, and as a form of identification. Among the different photo ID cards in the Philippines, the ePassport is the most secure and most trusted. However, there have been steps to produce a national ID. Currently, there are various bills in both houses of Congress where legislation is being proposed for the national ID. In the meantime, there are also plans to produce additional identity cards that would serve the Philippine citizenry, for use domestically and also overseas. The main target of these new cards are citizens who will be working overseas – known as the Overseas Filipino Worker – and all those who will be travelling outside the Philippines. The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs is taking the lead in creating one of these IDs. These are but some of the steps being undertaken to bridge the gap before the national ID is available, and created to provide an enhanced service to the Filipino people.

•    The Philippines does not yet have a national ID;
•    In the absence of a national ID, the Philippine ePassport serves as the most accepted form of ID aside from being a travel document;
•    There are plans to implement a national ID in the future, but for the meantime, there are current efforts to produce IDs that would facilitate Philippine citizen services.


Iris recognition – Case study of the Somaliland voter registration program
Mohammed Murad, VP of Global Sales and Business Development, Iris ID, USA

Many government entities are considering iris as the new biometric for its accuracy, speed and non-contact lifetime enrollment. The discussion gets very interesting when iris biometric technology is included with National and Civil ID programs. Where other biometrics have challenges enrolling younger citizens — the future owners of a nation — iris recognition allows enrollment of these citizens regardless of age. 


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