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Program Manager, Identification for Development (ID4D), World Bank Group, USA
Principles on identification for sustainable development: Toward the digital age
In response to the increasing number of countries introducing national ID systems and the inclusion of a target of ‘legal identity for all’ in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a group of 18 international organizations, in a process facilitated by the World Bank, have developed and endorsed the Principles on Identification for Sustainable Development: Towards the digital age. The 10 principles aim to help countries and partners maximize the benefits of national ID systems for sustainable development while mitigating many of the risks, as well as foster cooperation according to a shared set of values and standards. This presentation will provide an overview of the principles and where developing countries stand with respect to realizing them.
Vyjayanti Desai is the Program Manager for Identification for Development (ID4D), a global, multi-sectoral initiative of the World Bank Group (WBG). To enable access to services and rights for all, ID4D is supporting progress towards identification systems using 21st century solutions. The initiative is engaging with clients in approximately 20 countries, advancing thought leadership on the topic of digital identity and convening partners to further shape the agenda with a shared vision.
Prior to joining the ID4D program, Vyjayanti was Lead Private Sector Development Specialist with the World Bank Group’s Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice. She joined the World Bank Group in 2000 and spent time working on World Bank lending and IFC advisory programs in Africa, East Asia and South Asia as well as in global roles. Within the WBG, she has shaped many cross-departmental and Bank-IFC programs, actively working to develop a unified agenda and designing integrated multi-sectoral solutions on a range of topics. She managed a global team focused on private participation in infrastructure and social sectors in investment climate and led several joint Bank-IFC multi-sectoral engagements on topics of small and medium enterprise development (SME), competitiveness, investment climate policy and regulatory reforms, and access to finance.
Vyjayanti has a MBA in Finance from Wharton, Master in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and BA in International Relations from University of Pennsylvania.