Articles by Catherine Highet
India’s digital identification system, Aadhaar, has registered nearly 80 percent of India’s 1.3 billion citizens. Just across the border, Pakistan's NADRA system has issued 120 million identities among the country's 180 million citizens. Both systems give citizens an ID and can give them access to both government and commercial services, yet they are radically different. Which approach provides the best model for other countries?
In the developing world, over 2 billion people lack an official ID, preventing them from accessing services vital to robust economic and political lives, such as bank accounts. Digital identity offers an unprecedented opportunity to level the playing field for each unique person on this planet, helping them raise themselves, and their countries, out of poverty.