The Identification Revolution and Development

CPR is pleased to invite you to a seminar on The Identification Revolution and Development Alan Gelb Thursday, 22 March 2018, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Conference Hall, Centre for Policy Research

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Driven by multiple factors, digital ID systems are rapidly increasing in numbers, coverage and precision, and legal identity has been recognised as an SDG target.  Will the increasing reach and effectiveness of ID technology and systems support the SDGs more widely?  Will they improve state capacity to implement policies and programs, and open up opportunities for people?  What can be learned from leading cases?  What risks are created or aggravated by the new systems?  The seminar will provide an overview of this new, emerging area.

Alan Gelb is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development.  His recent research includes the development applications of biometric and identification technology, the special development challenges of Africa and resource-rich countries and results-based aid.  He was previously director of development policy at the World Bank and Chief Economist for the bank’s Africa region.  His recent book, Identification Revolution: Can Digital ID be Harnessed for Development? was published in January.

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