Digital Identity in the Service of Social Protection

LiveCast EP38 which airs on March 22 delves into an increasingly important topic in ID4D – Digital ID and Social Protection (SP).

Social protection (SP) programs require ID systems for targeting and identification of beneficiaries. In return, they represent high impact applications that can boost demand for foundation ID if delivery of social services is linked to an ID. Our LiveCast EP38 examines such synergies and the impact that can be obtained by anchoring SP programs on responsible and performant digital identity schemes.

The episode consists of 4 segments, each presenting case studies in SP and identity.

CASE STUDY 1: Segment 1, i-ON-SIERRA LEONE, takes a fresh look on a country that has been making headlines advancing its identity ecosystem and its digital transformation. We explore how Sierra Leone has used identity for public service delivery including for supporting their national financial inclusion strategy that aims to bring the poor and those in the informal sectors into the banking sector.

CASE STUDIES 2-4: The last 3 segments of this episode will focus on the use of identity in humanitarian actions, including for programs run by the WFP, Red Cross and national financial inclusion initiatives across Africa. Here we see how identity is being used for good especially in improving the wellbeing of vulnerable people.

The integration of these digital id systems with service delivery tools begins to unveil what can be termed as the eSP stacks, or digital infrastructure that is of general utility that can be leveraged across many different applications and programs.

This dialogue brings a fresh perspective on old standing challenges, and will shed light on the rapidly changing landscape of SP brought about by the need for digital transformation of its business practices. The discussion will highlight the opportunities for breakthroughs and will share concrete best practices through case studies that cover a broad range of programs in many countries.

The dialogue continues in an important session (PS2) on the opening day of the AGM in Nairobi, where we will explore the power of SP as a driver of adoption of identity programs.

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Dr. 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.

Segment 1: i-ON-SIERRA LEONE: Building Inclusive Public Service Delivery

Mohamed Mubashir Massaquoi

Director General
National Civil Registration Authority (NCRA)

Jusufu Henry Swaray

Director of Database and Voter Roll Management
Electoral Commission of Sierra Leone (ECSL)

Michala Mackay

Directorate of Science Technology and Innovation (DSTI) 

Mohamed Mumuni Jalloh

Director of Communications and E-Government Services
Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC)

Daniel Kaitibi

Director General
National Telecommunications Authority (NaTCA)

Philip Bangura

Deputy Director, Banking Supervision
Bank of Sierra Leone

Jeneba J. Bangura

Deputy Commissioner General
National Revenue Authority (NRA)

Segment 2: Digital Identity: Serving Communities, Building Resilience

Lionel Baraban


Andréa Muller

Product Manager

Segment 3: Decentralization
1: Decentralized Identity: for Humanitarian Aid in Social Protection

Heloise De-Tassigny

Business Lead

2: DIGID: Dignified Identity in Cash Assistance

Priyanka Patel

Innovation Manager & Team Lead
Kenya Red Cross Society

Segment 4: Last Mile Solutions: Reaching the Underserved & Unbanked

Gabriel Ruhan


Special thanks to our Development Partners

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

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