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The Case For Digital Identity in Africa During and Post-COVID-19

– Covid 19 Africa Watch

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  • Posted by Good ID team (Good ID)
  • 13 November 2020

How digital identity could help increase inclusion across the African continent

Tunde Fafunwa of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa argues that digital identity would be of huge benefit to people across the continent who lack official documentation, while the recent shift to cashless transactions because of COVID has highlighted this need even further.

“But as I mentioned, we need to use, across the continent, whatever records are available. And that means election records, that means population databases, and conduct a widespread registration. It requires organization, but it’s possible.”

Fafunwa states that digital identity is an excellent opportunity to further the economic inclusion of women, minorities, and other marginalized groups, but that this must be built into the design of new solutions. She admits that because of the complexity of implementing ID systems, the process is not an easy one, and a broad range of stakeholders must be involved.

So a rollout of an ID system in today’s environment involves financial regulators, involves security overview, involves internal administration, involves the political decision-making, because identification and counting people and different groups have political implications

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