In this synthesis, Matthew Wilson consolidates insights on the unique identity challenges faced by the poorest communities living in cities.
He notes that those with the least – especially migrants and unregistered youths – can quickly become digitally, socially and financially excluded in cities where they do not have formal identification. And that conversely, effective proof of identity is key to ensuring equitable access to housing, healthcare, education and much more.
Drawing on examples from Indonesia, Kenya and Jordan, the paper focuses on three specific types of urban dwellers (children born in urban areas, rural-urban migrants and those who have been forcibly displaced to cities) and draws out some shared themes for these communities.
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The paper ends with five key opportunities for mobile network operators and digital identity providers to help address these challenges.