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June 28, 2017

The Digital Impact Alliance Announces Partnership with World Bank Identification for Development (ID4D) Initiative

By | Digital development, Global development, Newsroom, Technology

Washington, D.C. – As part of its efforts to ensure a more inclusive digital society, today the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) announced a partnership with the World Bank to support its identification for development (ID4D) efforts. The World Bank’s ID4D Initiative aims to help countries roll out robust and inclusive identification systems with multi-sectoral approaches and 21st century solutions.

ID4D“National identification systems are a core building block for effective and efficient digital services,” said Kate Wilson, CEO of DIAL. “Partnering with the World Bank’s ID4D team provides DIAL with an opportunity to help break down the barriers countries face to effective identification systems, including new approaches such as distributed hosting, authentication protocols and blockchain.”

There are an estimated 1.1 billion people around the world, largely in Asia and Africa, who do not have an officially recognized identification document, according to the World Bank. As countries roll-out different types of national-level identification mechanisms for national health systems, social safety nets and beyond, they are faced with a range of challenges including high costs and complex and unclear regulations. Even more challenging are the efforts to harmonize and align the country’s multiple existing or in-process identification programs.

To advance the understanding of new technologies, existing best practice technologies, and the legal and governance approaches that enable governments to build better in-country identification systems, the World Bank’s ID4D Initiative and DIAL will develop:

  • A key component in an operational guide that provides support to countries building ID systems, which will look at the benefits of new and existing technologies such as the incorporation of voice or iris into mobiles in delivering more effective identification systems; and
  • A case study, which highlights the role of unique identifiers in improving health service delivery. This will be part of a series of case studies which ID4D is pursuing to document individual countries’ experiences in implementing ID programs and thematic analysis of linkages between ID and effective service delivery.

“Having a formally recognized form of identity provides the poor and vulnerable with the opportunity to climb out of poverty,” said Vyjayanti Desai, Program Manager for Identification for Development (ID4D) at the World Bank. “This is critical for achieving a wide range of development outcomes: from opening a bank account and paving the way for broader financial inclusion to accessing education services, tracking childhood vaccinations, and empowering women. It can also strengthen the efficiency and effectiveness of the state in providing critical digital services, such as digitized government to person (G2P) payments, and reduce unnecessary waste of resources through better targeting.”

DIAL’s work with the World Bank’s ID4D Initiative aims to ensure country projects leverage the most accurate, cost-effective, and novel technological solutions in the design of their identification systems. To learn more about ID4D, and the Principles on Identification, which were facilitated by the World Bank Group and the Center for Global Development, and endorsed by DIAL and others, please visit: http://www.worldbank.org/en/programs/id4d

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About DIAL

The Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) aims to realize a more inclusive digital society in emerging markets, in which all women, men and children benefit from life-enhancing, mobile-based digital services. A partnership among USAID, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Swedish Government and the United Nations Foundation, DIAL’s efforts help accelerate the collective efforts of government, industry and development organizations to realize this vision. www.digitalimpactalliance.org.

About the World Bank’s ID4D Program

The World Bank Group launched the Identification for Development (ID4D) Initiative to close the global identification gap and make progress toward robust and inclusive identification systems. Recognizing the transformational potential of modern, 21st century identification systems, the initiative aims to bring global knowledge and expertise across multiple sectors and countries to tackle the fundamental challenge of approximately 1.1 billion people who are unable to prove their identity. A multidonor platform, with catalytic support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, focuses on support to developing countries, thought leadership, and global advocacy.

Press Contact
Paul Quirk, DIAL
Tel: +1-202-864-5148
pquirk@digitalimpactalliance.org

 

 

May 19, 2017

Humanitarian Agencies to Donors: “Help Us Ensure the Best Data Protection for Beneficiaries”

By | Digital development, International development, Newsroom, Principles for Digital Development, Technology

Major International Aid Organizations and Tech Companies Join Forces to Provide Data Protection for The World’s Most Vulnerable

Hyderabad, India — Global aid agencies seeking to protect some of the most vulnerable people around the world from breaches of data privacy have called on donor agencies to help establish industry-wide standards.

Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL), NetHope and World Vision were among hundreds of organisations at the international Information and Communications Technology for Development (ICT4D) Conference¹ in India this week calling for better protection of data amid the WannaCry ransomware attack. The organizations highlighted the need to standardise approaches for protecting the privacy and security of data gathered by the humanitarian sector in an effort to provide more efficient support and measure impact.

During the conference, the group announced it would review existing frameworks, tools, and mechanisms relating to data security and privacy across the humanitarian sector. The aim of this work is to create a small suite of standardised frameworks to enable the industry to better protect people’s data.

“We are committed to ensuring that the data of the people we serve around the world is adequately protected,” said Karl Lowe, CIO and Vice President of IT at CRS. “We need our donors – governments, foundations, and other institutions so we can align required data protection standards for our humanitarian and development projects.”

Kate Wilson, CEO of DIAL added, “Collecting data on beneficiaries is an important part of shaping development programmes and tracking impact but we must come to terms with the inadequacies of the privacy and security systems that currently exist. Donors and implementing agencies should work together to develop and apply more effective privacy safeguards as called for as part of the Principles for Digital Development.”

“Establishing appropriate guidance for the humanitarian sector is of utmost importance,” said Lauren Woodman, CEO of NetHope. “Over the last year, NetHope has been working to identify best practices in information security and data protection, and we’re thrilled to see the sector coming together to address this important issue.”

Al Lutz, Chief Information Security Officer of World Vision2 said everyone—humanitarian agencies, donors, members of the private sector and governments—needed to aim for the highest level of safeguards possible.

“Our beneficiaries, especially the most vulnerable, deserve the very best data protection we can provide,” he said. “Being at risk of having your data misused simply because you happen to be living in a refugee camp, or because a drought leaves you reliant on food aid just adds insult to injury. Everyone involved with collecting, storing and using beneficiary data has a responsibility to shoot for the very best common standards that can be practically applied.”

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Notes to Editors

¹ Information and Communication Technology For Development http://ict4dconference.org

² World Vision has this week won an award for IT security http://bit.ly/2rpQGbC

 

For CRS: Tom Price, +1-410-951-7450, tom.price@crs.org

For DIAL: Paul Quirk, +1-202-864-5148, pquirk@digitalimpactalliance.org

For NetHope: Nan Hall,  +1-206-604-5118, nan.hall@nethope.org

For World Vision: Jan Butter, +44 (0)7889400889, jan_butter@wvi.org

 

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. The agency alleviates suffering and provides assistance to people in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.  For more information, visit www.crs.org or www.crsespanol.org and follow Catholic Relief Services on social media: Facebook, Twitter at @CatholicRelief, @CRSnews and @CRSnoticias, InstagramPinterest and YouTube.

The Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) aims to realize a more inclusive digital society in emerging markets, in which all women, men and children benefit from life-enhancing, mobile-based digital services. A partnership among USAID, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Swedish Government and the United Nations Foundation, DIAL’s efforts help accelerate the collective efforts of government, industry and development organizations to realize this vision. www.digitalimpactalliance.org

NetHope: NetHope empowers committed organizations to change the world through the power of technology. NetHope, a consortium of 50-plus global nonprofits, unites with technology companies and funding partners to design, fund, implement, adapt, and scale innovative approaches to solve development, humanitarian, and conservation challenges. Together, the NetHope community strives to transform the world, building a platform or hope for those who receive aid and those who deliver it. www.nethope.org

World Vision is a global Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. www.wvi.org

 

 

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