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.


Mark Lockie, Conference Co-Chair and Managing Director, Science Media Partners, UK

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.

Mobile-ID: successfully increasing social, financial and technological inclusion with Asan Imza in Azerbaijan

Yana Krimpe, Chief Executive Office, B.Est Solutions, Azerbaijan

Identity is the cornerstone of all legal interaction between people, businesses and the state. A person’s ability to prove who they are is a prerequisite to signing contracts, conducting banking, accessing government services and performing countless other transactions. Today’s online world demands a practical way to establish personal identity in the digital realm, a legal ID issued at the state level. As electronic interaction has gone mobile, so have our electronic ID solutions. Mobile ID, or m-ID, is now the gold standard in eID, replacing a passport, pen and face-to-face meetings with a mobile phone.
Mobile ID in Azerbaijan called Asan Imza or Easy Signature was launched in 2014. Since then, Azerbaijan has become a global success story. It has balanced its economy, grown its national wealth and, thanks to having one of the most transparent, business-friendly environments in the region, it has leapt ahead in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index. Most notably, Azerbaijan has become a major digital trade hub – a leading factor behind the country’s 27-percent rise in non-oil exports. Along with international trade, foreign direct investments have skyrocketed.
1. Technology: a perfect match for people and businesses in emerging markets, facilitating their progress into well-developed societies.
a) Works on normal mobile phones and smartphones
b) Easy to use
c) Secure and Trusted (the highest level of assurance)
d) Mobile-ID vs. Smart-cards vs. Biometrics (cost, production, distribution, user-friendliness, security)

2) Services for the everyday citizen in a rural area or cities is well developed infrastructure
a) Example of services for citizens and businesses with low internet availability, computer and financial literacy
b) Example of advanced digital services for people and business (+600 e-services from the public and the private sector)


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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