This comprehensive guide from The World Bank provides an overview of the digital identification landscape, as well as a practical roadmap for the consideration, design, implementation, and management of foundational digital ID systems. A living document, users are invited to build on the guide and shape future iterations.
Targeted primarily at governments, development partners, academics and other specialists, the guide acts as a reference document for all those involved in the ID ecosystem. With a focus on legal identity, the guide covers government-led ID systems as well as government-recognised forms of digital ID.
Based on The World Bank’s Identification for Development (ID4D) initiative, in accordance with the ten Principles on Identification for Sustainable Development, this document is not intended to advocate for a specific approach to digital ID, but rather to present information and analysis to inform decision makers. Its contents are based on digital ID expertise and experiences from many different parts of the world, reflecting a diverse range of legal systems and economies.
Users will be involved in the document’s ongoing development, its contents will ultimately be shaped directly by the collective expertise of the wider community. However, this guide reflects current global best practice and acts as an essential primer and unusually comprehensive resource for those in the community working to promote and improve foundational ID systems.