Founded in 2014, ID4Africa is the only Pan-African Movement that helps African nations build strategic capacity needed for developing robust and responsible identity ecosystems in the service of development and humanitarian action.
To deliver trustworthy knowledge that helps the public sector in Africa build strategic capacity and make informed decisions on their journeys of digital transformation and socio-economic development.
The Inalienable Right
to a proof of legal identity (consistent with SDG 16.9) is a pillar for social justice.
Our Guiding Principles
Proof of identity
especially in digital form—is essential for inclusive access to services and for the growth of digital economies for the benefit of all.
Facilitate access to a proof of legal identity for everyone on its territory. Guarantee that legal frameworks and regulations are in place to ensure that identity systems are used responsibly, and that individual privacy is respected, and personal data is protected against abuse. Ensure sovereignty of the identity ecosystem and facilitate its role as the foundation of digital public infrastructure, upon which government practices and public and private services can be built.
We believe governments need trustworthy knowledge to build the strategic capacity required to fulfil their responsibilities relative to the provision of identity-for-all. This knowledge should be timely and sufficient in depth to enable government agencies to design, build, launch, maintain, and grow responsible identity ecosystems that support foundational as well as functional identification needs in their countries. In support of our vision and our mission, the Movement is driven by the following goals:
The Movement’s activities are planned around an annual campaign cycle, which runs from the fiscal period January 1 to December 31. Each cycle involves engaging the ID4Africa Community through research and situation analysis in order to update the understanding of Africa’s priorities and challenges in identity matters. This informs the Movement’s strategy and guides the mix of activities that will constitute the annual campaign.
ID4Africa Programs are significantly valued as a unique experience for participants who join with the objective to exchange information, report on their annual progress, discuss challenges, evaluate solutions and define their priorities going forward.
In support of the mission, ID4Africa has built and institutionalized 3 highly successful programs: