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About the CPR Series

Throughout the year, ID4Africa will be bringing to its Community a special LiveCast series dubbed “CPR – Country Progress Reports”. 

The CPR LiveCasts will put into the spotlight the identity ecosystem of one country at a time and reunite some of the key identity stakeholders that have a vested interest in its development. 


Each session will summarize the progress that the country has made in identity, will introduce the identity stakeholders highlighting the supply and demand side for ID, and the drivers motivating the development of the ecosystem. It will give an overview of the interplay between foundational and functional identity enabling service delivery from one side, and the link with civil registration on the other, as is applicable.

The objective of this series is to extract actionable lessons from what has been achieved thus far and set the expectations for what remains to be done to develop a modern, inclusive identity ecosystem that can be used not only to recognize people’s rights but also to enable their participation in modern economies. Special attention will be given to the impact of COVID-19 on identity management and on the measures adopted by the country to overcome the challenges posed by the pandemic.


CPR Episode 2: Spotlight on Tanzania!

The next episode in our CPR – Country Progress Reports* series focuses on Tanzania – the birthplace of the ID4Africa Movement!  It brings together key decision-makers of the major identity stakeholders in Tanzania to discuss the progress the country has made towards identity for all as well as their vision and strategy for completing this journey.

The discussions will:

  • Highlight models of interactions among the country’s supply and demand sides of the identity ecosystem

  • Extract lessons for cooperation among the stakeholders that could be of help to other African countries.

  • Examine actionable lessons from what has been achieved so far while setting the expectations for what remains to be done to develop a modern, inclusive identity ecosystem that can be used not only to recognize people’s rights but also to enable their participation in modern economies.

Special attention will be given to the impact of COVID-19 on identity management and on the measures that have been adopted to overcome the challenges posed by the pandemic.

If you care about building performant identity ecosystems, come and be part of what promises to be a fascinating multi-perspective view on identity!

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

The Moderator

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. He 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.

Panel Participants

Dr. Arnold Kihaule

Director General
National Identification Authority (NIDA), Tanzania

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Arnold Kihaule (PhD) is the current Director General for National Identification Authority (NIDA) in Tanzania. He was appointed to the position in October 2018. Prior to that, he taught economics at the Department of Economics and Social Studies, at Ardhi University, Dar es Salaam. Dr. Kihaule is also serving as a member of Advisory Board of Zanzibar Civil Status Registration Authority, since October, 2018.

Robby Otaigo

Senior ICT Officer,
Registration Insolvency and Trusteeship Agency (RITA)

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Robby Otaigo is a Senior ICT Officer at RITA where she has been working since 2006 to date. Robby has been involved in RITA’s transformation from manual business operations to providing digital services. These services include registration and issuance of certificates for births, deaths, Marriages, divorces and trusteeship services. Robby has served in ICT for over 10 years. Through her professionalism, she has managed to oversee different innovations of RITA’s services. Previously, she was a project Manager for the Birth Registration Fourth Generations Initiative which involved implementing a robust civil registration system, upgrading infrastructure to RITA’s primary and secondary site and rolling out the system to registration centers. This development facilitated secure data sharing and ease of business processes with both key stakeholders and customers.

Shaaban Abdalla

Deputy Executive Director
Zanzibar Civil Status Registration Agency (ZCSRA)

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Damian Chikira

IT Consultant,
Ministry of Home Affairs

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Thomas Mongella

Manager - Oversight and Policy, Directorate of National Payment Systems,
Bank of Tanzania

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Thomas Mongella is currently the Manager for Oversight and Policy within the Directorate of National Payment Systems at the Bank of Tanzania (BOT), a role he has held since 2018. Prior to this, he worked in the Department of Banks Supervision within the Directorate of Financial Sector Supervision from 2002 to 2018, his last role being Manager – Banks Supervision.


Before joining the BOT, Thomas served at Standard Chartered Bank for 4 years within Finance and later Retail Banking and Consumer Banking. With his years of service at the BOT, he is considered as being a “Seasoned Bank Examiner”. Other experiences include Anti Money Laundering/ Counter Financing of Terrorism expert, for which he has worked on several policy issues for the BOT, the country and the Eastern and Southern African Anti Money Laundering Group/ESAAMLG (a regional FATF style body).

Benedict Ndomba

Director of Compliance and Security Management e-Government Authority (eGA)

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Benedict Ndomba is Director of Compliance and Security Management at the eGA. He is a certified Project Management Professional and active member of the Project Management Institute (USA). He has worked in the ICT industry both in Tanzania and overseas with roles ranging from Design and Development, Solutions rollout and Business management for over 15 years. Prior to joining eGA, he worked in various private and Government organizations in ICT.


Benedict holds an MBA from University of Liverpool (UK), an M.Eng. in Telecoms and Information Systems from Beijing University of Posts and Telecoms, and BSc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Dar es Salaam.

Linda Riwa

Consumer Business Unit Director
Vodacom & TAMNOA

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As the Consumer Business Director, Linda Riwa is responsible for driving the consumer business strategy to grow the business and increase its market share. 

Linda has 8 years’ experience in the telecommunication industry under different functions including pricing and segments, customer value management, VAS, International and roaming businesses.  She has championed the acceleration of the Vodafone way of segment marketing in Tanzania by launching the high value and youth Platforms and has led business revenue growth through portfolio price transformation.

Linda is championing both, the biometric registration and Sim cards declaration requirement projects for VTPL.

Josephine Joseph

E-payment Coordinator,
Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF)

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Phillipine Mmari

Unified Registry of Beneficiaries Manager,
Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF)

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Date & Time: November 12th 2020, 13:30-15:30 CET (Paris Time)

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