UNDP on digital ID governance framework

The goal is to provide legal identity and birth registration for all, but inadequate governance can worsen shortcomings.

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The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has called for adopting a rights-based and inclusive digital ID governance framework in response to the growing use of digital public infrastructure.

This framework aims to enhance access and development by providing legal identity and birth registration for all, as outlined in Target 16.9 of the sustainable development goals and Agenda 2030. Drawing on lessons learned from the UN System’s identity management ecosystem based on civil registration, this framework comprises nine key components, including legal and regulatory frameworks, non-discrimination, access to information, legal accountability, capable institutions, user value, procurement and anti-corruption, and data protection. These components provide a comprehensive approach to governance, addressing various aspects such as equal access, accountability, transparency, and user benefits.

Why does it matter?

Inadequate governance of digital ID systems has the potential to exacerbate the shortcomings of existing systems. The standards, regulations, and privacy protocols established by governments during the implementation of digital IDs will have far-reaching implications for future advancements in digitising public services and the broader digital public infrastructure landscape. Therefore, leaders must establish robust governance to ensure effective implementation for the public good.