The authors from Namati welcome the recent ruling by the Kenyan High Court blocking Huduma Namba in its current form. But they also warn about general exclusion and discrimination that can happen with well-meaning ID systems.
By following the example of Kenyan woman “Ziya,” the authors demonstrate how minorities can find difficulty in simple, seemingly inclusive registration processes. In Ziya’s case, it was trying to get her son a birth certificate, and herself a state ID, as a Nubian who was required to go through extra “vetting” processes. Only through outside support from Namati’s paralegals could she successfully navigate Kenya’s complex and unequally applied ID application rules.
The Namati experts warn individuals across the globe will experience processes similar to Ziya if governments don’t work with minorities and excluded groups throughout the digital ID design and implementation process. As they note: