BY: Yinka Okeowo
You may have read or heard about the ID2020 Alliance that is setting the course of digital ID through a multi-stakeholder partnership, ensuring digital ID is ‘responsibly’ implemented and widely accessible.
In 2018, ID2020 Alliance Partners, in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), drafted a formal articulation of the Alliance’s perspective on ethical approaches to digital identity.
The Alliance’s manifesto contains 10 items; one of which points out that “over one billion people worldwide are unable to prove their identity through any recognized means. As such, they are without the protection of law, and are unable to access basic services, participate as a citizen or voter, or transact in the modern economy. Most of those affected are children and adolescents, and many are refugees, forcibly displaced, or stateless persons”.
In September 2019, ID2020 Alliance launched a new digital identity program at its annual summit in New York, in collaboration with the Government of Bangladesh, vaccine alliance Gavi, and new partners in government, academia, and humanitarian relief.
The program, according to a report by Biometricupdate.com to leverage immunization as an opportunity to establish digital identity was unveiled by ID2020 in partnership with the Bangladesh Government’s Access to Information (a2i) Program, the Directorate General of Health Services, and Gavi, according to the announcement.
So, who are the partners pushing the agenda?
Here are the five main partners in the Alliance that share the belief that “identity is a human right and that individuals must have ‘ownership’ over their own identity.
The American multinational technology company joined ID2020 in January 2018 as a founding partner.
Members of the Microsoft team sit on ID2020’s Technical and Program Delivery Advisory Committees.
A global management consulting and professional services firm, Accenture joined as a founding partner in June 2017.
Accenture representatives participate in ID2020’s Executive Board and Technical Advisory Committee.
Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance brings together public and private sectors with the shared goal of creating equal access to new and underused vaccines for children living in the world’s poorest countries.
The CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, Dr. Seth Berkley, sits on the Executive Board of the Alliance.
4. Rockefeller Foundation
Since 1913, the Rockefeller Foundation has sought to improve the well-being of humanity around the world.
The Rockefeller Foundation provided ID2020 with seed funding in 2017 and has been an ongoing supporter of ID2020’s work.
Created by IDEO, the international design and consulting firm, to design products, services, and experiences to improve the lives of people in poor and vulnerable communities, IDEO.org joined ID2020 in 2018.
IDEO.org is represented on ID2020 Alliance Program Delivery and Ecosystem & Advocacy Advisory Committees.