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In our second webinar series on the impact of COVID-19 on identity management in Africa, ID4Africa Executive Chairman, Dr Joseph Atick, will again engage with an illustrious panel of representatives of the world’s leading development agencies. These experts will try to answer some fundamental questions related to how societies will need to manage identity in a post COVID era to support their sustainable development and to mitigate against risks and social shocks that can result from pandemics and other catastrophes that are now within the realm of the imaginable.
This is simply a webinar
Many aspects of identity for development will be re-examined in the new world context, guided by the identification principles that the worldwide community has recently elaborated in an extensive collaborative effort.
The panel will explore the tools that digital identity provides to help nations reopen their societies and respond to the social and economic consequences of the pandemic over short, medium and long terms.
The discussion will go beyond the new normals for foundational identity and civil registration, all the way into enabling service delivery, payment systems, social safety nets, multi-stakeholder engagements, free movement, data protection, security, legal frameworks, interoperability, regional and continental schemes, among others that aim to establish sustainable paradigms for development within an elevated threat and high friction context, which is expected to be the new normal for our world at least for the foreseeable future.
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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.
The World Bank – ID4D
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As Program Manager, Vyjayanti Desai is focused on scaling up and operationalizing ID4D and collaborating with key external partners. Within the WBG, she has shaped many cross-departmental and inter-WBG programs, actively working to develop a unified agenda and designing integrated multi-sectoral solutions on a range of topics. ID4D is a multi-sectoral initiative of the World Bank Group (WBG), integrating approaches across several Global Practices and departments. Learn more at:
Global Thematic Group Leader The World Bank
Senior Fellow Center for Global Development
Dr. Vera Songwe
UN UNder-secretary-general and Executive Secretary, UNECA
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Dr. Vera Songwe is the United Nations Under-Secretary-General and the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). Prior to joining UNECA,
she has worked with the International Finance Corporation as Regional Director covering West and Central Africa, as well as the World Bank, as Country Director covering Cape Verde, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania and Senegal. Dr. Songwe holds a PhD in Mathematical Economics from the Center for Operations Research and Econometrics, a Master of Arts in Law and Economics, and a Diplôme d’études approfondies in Economic Science and Politics from the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium.
Associate Director and Global Chief of Child Protection UNICEF
Policy Advisor and Project Manager, Legal Identity, UNDP