Digital identification systems can be a powerful platform to enable inclusion and the transformation of how services are delivered and accessed, particularly in the digital age. However, an estimated one billion people around the world lack official proof of identity and millions more have forms of identification that cannot be reliably verified or authenticated. This problem disproportionately affects the most vulnerable people, including marginalized women and children, refugees, and migrants.
This event will explore how to seize the opportunity of ‘Good’ digital ID systems –those that are robust, inclusive, and trusted – to expand access to services, encourage innovation, accelerate financial inclusion, and boost the digital economy. Prominent speakers will share perspectives from their countries, organizations, and sectors. The high-level panel will be followed by pitches from the six Mission Billion innovation challenge finalists and the announcement of the winners. The challenge sought to surface practical and cost-effective solutions to embed ‘privacy by design’ into digital ID systems and to empower people agency over their digital identity.