A Reflection on Kenya’s 20-Year Digital Transformation Journey

The five-year “Digital Beacons” strategy set forth by the Digital Impact Alliance in 2020 hypothesized that for a country to realize the promise of national digital transformation and effectively foster digitally-capable leaders, specific factors to this transformation must be understood. Further, local capacity, rooted in the Principles for Digital Development, must be invested in. Entities […]

What is ‘good’ digital infrastructure? Measuring digital infrastructure to maximize development outcomes and mitigate risks

This is the 167th paper of the Brookings Institute’s Global Working Paper Series, which examines and analyzes some of the most pressing development and economic challenges facing the world. It was originally published by the Global Economy and Development program at Brookings in February 2022. Digitization has the potential to create new pathways out of […]

Cross-Post: Demystifying Technologies for Digital Identification

With more than 1.1 billion individuals without official proof of identity, a myriad of technologies is advancing at a faster speed than ever before and becoming more affordable, making it possible for nations to leapfrog paper based approaches of the past. Yet, it is becoming a challenge to understand and keep up with the various […]

Technology Landscape for Digital Identification

Robust, inclusive, and responsible identification systems can increase access to finance, healthcare, education, and other critical services and benefits. Identification systems are also key to improving efficiency and enabling innovation for public- and private-sector services, such as greater efficiency in the delivery of social safety nets and facilitating the development of digital economies. This report […]

The Role of Digital Identification for Healthcare: The Emerging Use Cases

Identification is crucial for the efficient and effective delivery of health services and public health management and is therefore instrumental for achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3. A secure, inclusive and responsible method of uniquely identifying and authenticating healthcare users over time and across facilities is central to each of these needs and the goal […]

The Digital Impact Alliance Announces Partnership with World Bank Identification for Development (ID4D) Initiative

Washington, D.C. – As part of its efforts to ensure a more inclusive digital society, today the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) announced a partnership with the World Bank to support its identification for development (ID4D) efforts. The World Bank’s ID4D Initiative aims to help countries roll out robust and inclusive identification systems with multi-sectoral approaches […]

Guest Blog: Blockchain’s Potential Applications in Developing Economies

Note from Kate Wilson, DIAL CEO: DIAL was established to support the digital development community becoming more efficient and effective. I have defined part of this role as looking at disruptive technologies that may be well understood technically but struggle with specific use cases for our field. One technology, blockchain, has captured the attention of […]

Taking Pragmatic Steps to Advance National ID Efforts for Development

While the world watched one inauguration on January 20th, over 5,000 miles away, another incoming President, Nana Akufo-Addo, delivered his address at his inauguration in Ghana a few days earlier. One of the key promises that President Akufo-Addo has made is to reform the current national identification system started under his predecessor in 2003. Why […]