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Why We Invested in Good ID Advocacy Efforts Led by Civil Society and Grassroots Organizations in East Africa

– Omidyar Network

This article outlines the work of Namati and Center for African Affairs and Conflict Research (CAACOR), and why Omidyar Network has chosen to fund them

The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating the implementation of new identity systems, which risk amplifying existing social disparities. In this article the writers from Omidyar Network outline why it is funding organizations that tackle these issues within ID systems in East Africa.

“At Omidyar Network, we believe that civil society and grassroots organizations play a central role in the design and implementation of any identification program.”

Omidyar Network has given a new grant to Namati, a legal empowerment organization, which works with authorities to ensure safeguards are in place against discrimination in Kenya’s ID system Huduma Namba. They are also funding CAACOR which will research and advise policymakers on issues related to technology and national security in East Africa.

In working with regional academic institutions, CAACOR will support a multi-stakeholder and multidisciplinary approach to emerging technology policy issues in East Africa, which will no doubt increasingly include technologies deployed around the response to the COVID-19 pandemic

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