Infant Identification and the Legal Identity Agenda


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This LiveCast is brought to you with the proud support of our development partners
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and  Omidyar Network.

This important and timely LiveCast explores the recent advancements, considerations and present challenges pertaining to infant identity management. We will explore policy dimensions and try to establish evidence-driven best practices which deal with entry into legal identity right from the start.  

Topics being covered include:

  • Pathways to infant identity management
  • The legal identity agenda & Civil Registration
  • UNICEF’s position on Infant Biometrics
  • Traceability via Unique ID number linkage of infants up to age 5 & parents – South Africa’s perspective
  • Electronic birth notification as a game changer for securing a child’s identity by linkage to the mother’s unique identifier – Namibia’s Perspective. 

  • Birth notification, registration & infant ID Management in the era of COVID

  • Infant biometrics state of the art and ways in which infant biometrics can be integrated with CR and the health systems
  • Challenges & opportunities of infant biometrics
  • Ethical considerations, data collection, cost/benefit analysis, interoperability and much more!



Attendees will have ample opportunities to engage through chat, Q&A, and joining our panel stage by participating in our Community Voices segment to share added perspectives – LIVE.

The Moderator

Joseph Atick

Executive Chairman

Dr. Joseph Atick is a recognized world renowned advocate and expert on identity matters. Having been one of the founders of the identity industry nearly 30 years ago, he led several companies in that domain and developed some of the foundational algorithms underlying secure digital identity today, including the first commercially viable face recognition algorithm.

Dr. Atick retired from the industry in 2010 to focus on promoting identity for social and economic development around the world. In that mission he partnered with the World Bank and other UN agencies, and was heavily involved in the development and field testing of the methodology and analytic tools that would guide the subsequent activities in that space, and would lead to the launch of the ID4D initiative at the World Bank.

In 2014, he co-founded ID4Africa as a pan-African Movement to promote responsible digital transformations through digital identity in Africa. He is a staunch defender of privacy, data protection and human rights and continues to provide counsel to governments and international organization on the use of identity for public good. Dr. Atick holds a Ph.D. in Mathematical Physics from Stanford University.


Cornelius Williams

Cornelius Williams

Associate Director & Global Chief of Child Protection, Programme Division

Aaron Ramodumo

Director: Births, Marriages and Deaths, Civic Services Branch
DHA, South Africa

Tulimeke Munyika

Director, National Population Register, Identification and Production, Department of Civil Registration Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety and Security, Namibia

Anette Forsingdal

Senior Program Specialist, Centre of Excellence for CRVS Systems, IDRC, Canada

Anil Jain

Distinguished Professor, Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering, Michigan State University

Alexandra Grigore

Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder, Simprints

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Date & Time: February 24th, 13:30-15:30 GMT (or 14:30-16:30 CET)

[Language: English-French]

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