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Somali Gov’t Seeks Support for Biometric ID Program

Somali Gov’t Seeks Support for Biometric ID Program

The Somali government is aiming to build a biometric national ID program, and is looking to Pakistan and the World Bank for help. Dubbed the Somali National Identity Program, it’s actually envisioned as a program similar to Aadhaar, the biometric national ID program used by Pakistan’s arch-rival India. The program would enable citizens to access…

India’s Aadhaar Wins Praise From World Bank

India’s Aadhaar Wins Praise From World Bank

India’s pioneering national biometric ID program is winning praise from the World Bank, reports Bloomberg. While Aadhaar can still be controversial with respect to privacy issues, it also appears to be offering compelling benefits to government authorities and the population alike. By facilitating access to government services, subsidy programs, and even everyday economic activity, “a…

Morpho Talks ID and Independence on International Women’s Day

Morpho Talks ID and Independence on International Women’s Day

Morpho (Safran) is taking the opportunity of International Women’s Day to celebrate projects promoting women’s rights around the world. In a post on the company’s website, CEO Anne Bouverot asserts that “possessing proof of one’s identity represents the first step towards freedom and independence for women,” and that’s why she supports the World Bank’s Identification…

World Bank, Accenture Call for Universal ID

World Bank, Accenture Call for Universal ID

In a new report issued in collaboration with Accenture, the World Bank is calling on governments to work together to implement standardized, cost-effective identity management solutions. A report synopsis notes that about 1.8 billion adults around the world currently lack any kind of official documentation. That can exclude those individuals from access to essential services,…