This week, leaders from 95 countries have traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa to attend the ID4Africa annual meeting and learn more about the rapidly growing domain of digital identity. Discussions are expected to range from from legal frameworks, institutional arrangements, and governance to data protection, privacy, and human rights with a special focus on how to deliver government services in an inclusive way.
In the past decade alone, more than 110 countries have initiated identification schemes. These programs are often implemented with an initial use case, such as the delivery of subsidies. Over time, however, the issued ID is used for many other uses such as paying taxes, opening bank accounts, entering the education system, accessing critical medication, or even participating in sports competitions.
This week, the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly opened, and global leaders are actively discussing our progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). One of those goals we are passionate about within Omidyar Network’s Education initiative is SDG 4 which calls for inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all.