Good Digital Identity Principles for Africa

– iAfrikan

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  • Posted by Good ID team (Good ID)
  • 25 April 2019

Magdi Amin – an investment partner with Omidyar Network’s Digital Identity initiative – examines the opportunity digital identity offers Africa and the importance of making all ID "Good ID"

Writing for iAfrikan – a publication that explores how science, technology and innovation impact everyday life and business in Africa – Magdi Amin discusses what Africa can gain from the adoption of digital identification systems.

Amin argues that digital identity systems are "an opportunity that Africans cannot afford to miss." However, he is clear that this opportunity must not put Africans at risk. He states that digital identity systems must be "Good ID" systems that citizens can trust.

Amin advocates for systems that emphasize "privacy, inclusion, user value, user control and security." With these "Good ID" attributes in place, digital identity will protect Africans, while at the same time giving them access to an ever-growing digital economy and vital daily transactions like accessing healthcare or education.

If we truly want to escape from hunger, disease, illiteracy, gender inequality, and other global challenges, everyone must have equitable access to engage in the daily transactions that power societal and economic progress. And they must be able to do so fearlessly — with privacy, security, and individual control

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