[governance] [AfriSIG-Alumni] AU considering "good digital identity" this week

Arsène Tungali (via governance Mailing List) governance at lists.riseup.net
Wed Feb 13 01:13:50 EST 2019

This is a good and smart vision for Africa, thanks Anriette for sharing.

I only hope that if this Framework is endorsed by heads of states,
they will then be able to implement it in their respective countries
and therefore support the digital economy in African states.

We have seen many resolutions being adopted from the top but nothing
happened on the ground. I continue believing that in this area of
digital development, a bottom-up approach is always the best.


2019-02-12 23:31 UTC+02:00, Anriette Esterhuysen <anriette at apc.org>:
>   *African Union to Consider Good Digital Identity Principles at Summit*
>     /Framework aims to help millions of Africans benefit from the
>     digital economy while keeping the interests of African people at the
>     center of digital identity systems/
> Go to the profile of Omidyar Network
> <https://medium.com/@OmidyarNetwork?source=post_header_lockup>
> Omidyar Network <https://medium.com/@OmidyarNetwork>
> Feb 5
> /By Abiah Weaver, Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications,
> Omidyar Network/
> T*his weekend, the African Union (AU) will consider a framework for Good
> Digital Identity in Africa in relationship to the African Continental
> Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). On the eve of this important policy decision,
> Omidyar Network investment partner Magdi Amin tells us why a set of ten
> principles are shaping trade discussions and what the AU’s endorsement
> could mean for Africa.*
>         *What is Good ID?*
> *Magdi Amin: */Digital identity, simply put, is a digital means of
> establishing you are who you say you are. Good ID is an empowering form
> of identity designed to be inclusive, private, secure, and controlled by
> the individual with the goal of helping people to participate more fully
> and fearlessly in society and the digital economy. Issuing Good ID,
> backed by safeguards and principles, helps countries maximize the
> benefits and continental aspirations while minimizing the risks for
> people, business, and government./
>         *What is the Good Digital Identity for Africa* *Framework?*
> *Magdi Amin: */The Framework is a set of ten principles designed to
> guide and govern national digital identity systems in countries across
> the continent. The principles build on the AU Data Protection Guidelines
> and help define Africa’s views on inclusion, data ownership,
> interoperability across borders, compatibility with existing systems,
> privacy, security and safeguards, governance, neutrality, and
> accountability. The framework also addresses exclusion, discrimination,
> surveillance, consent, and other key issues of our time./
>         *What’s happening at the AU Summit?*
> *Magdi Amin: */The Framework has been recommended to the executive
> committee for inclusion in the official AU Summit agenda. Between Feb.
> 10 and 11, heads of state will have the opportunity to take a
> comprehensive assembly decision on digital identity for Africa. We are
> optimistic that leaders will embrace these foundational principles and
> seize the opportunity to shape the future of digital identity for the
> continent./
> /Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda and co-chair of the UNECA Digital
> Identity Initiative, has already demonstrated his support of a
> Framework: “Our continent must take full advantage of the digital
> revolution. Achieving a harmonized digital ID framework … would be a
> first and would put Africa at the forefront of the digital economy. That
> is why we will work towards adopting a comprehensive Assembly decision
> on Digital ID for Africa at the AU Summit.”/
>         *Who created the Framework?*
> *Magdi Amin: */The Framework was developed in partnership with the
> African Union and the //UN Economic Commission for Africa/
> <https://medium.com/positive-returns/why-we-invested-un-economic-commission-for-africa-c55b824f09f3>/(UNECA).
> The World Bank Group, UNICEF, UNHCR, and other stakeholders were also
> engaged in the drafting of the Framework./
> /With Omidyar Network’s support, UNECA launched the African Center of
> Excellence on Digital Identity in November 2018, which seeks
> best-in-class solutions to harmonize digital identity systems and put
> Good ID in the hands of Africans. UNECA shares our belief that the
> significant economic value of identity systems can only be realized in a
> sustainable way if it is Good ID, inspires trust (through privacy and
> security), and therefore increases engagement./
> /We recently supported a McKinsey Global Institute //study/
> <https://medium.com/positive-returns/new-insight-good-digital-identification-as-a-key-to-inclusive-growth-33c64de32004>/that
> shows how Good ID can lead to an increase in gross domestic product,
> fuel technological innovation, save money, lower institutional risks,
> improve trust and acceptance, increase efficiency, and contribute to
> financial sustainability./
>         *Why does digital ID matter to Africans?*
> *Magdi Amin: */Today, more than 500 million Africans do not have a
> foundational form of ID. This means many Africans cannot access
> employment and education opportunities; health and financial services;
> and critical social protection. Digital identity helps to include people
> in the growth and advancement of the continent./
> /Recently, Amani Abou-Zeid, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy
> at the AU, described the benefits of digital ID in this way:/ /“Digital
> ID is necessary for social and financial inclusion, access of benefits;
> contributes to trade exchanges and e-commerce and transactions;
> facilitates the movement of people across Africa.”/
> /The Framework ensures the type of ID Africans use is Good ID, and the
> efforts to drive economic growth keep the interests of African people at
> the center. Providing people with an empowering form of digital identity
> and other protections boosts trust and participation in the digital
> economy, which is expected to grow in Africa to over US $300 billion by
> 2025./
>         *How does the Framework fit into Agenda 2063?*
> *Magdi Amin: */In Agenda 2063, the African Union commits to eradicating
> poverty in a generation, catalyzing education, promoting science and
> technology, fast-tracking the establishment of AfCFTA, strengthening
> domestic resource mobilization, and introducing an African passport. An
> important foundation for realizing these objectives is establishing
> legal identities for African people./
> /As countries increase access to ID within their borders, the Framework
> helps to align their approaches to digital security and ownership as
> well as interoperability across other systems and across countries,
> while respecting country sovereignty./
> /Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of Ethiopia and co-chair of the UNECA
> Digital Identity Initiative, is modeling how each country can apply the
> framework to advance its economic and social priorities: “On February 2,
> the Council of Ministers of Ethiopia approved Ethiopia’s membership to
> the African Continental Free Trade Area. In Ethiopia, we are
> liberalizing the telecommunication sector, reforming the enabling
> environment for technology entrepreneurship, and are embarking on the
> path of Good ID. Digital identity, as a pillar of the digital economy,
> can help Africa build inclusive economic growth, and move us toward a
> digital common market across Africa…”/
>         *If the Framework is endorsed, what happens next?*
> *Magdi Amin: */If endorsed, the AU — in collaboration with member
> states, UNECA, and other key stakeholders — will develop a comprehensive
> AU Digital ID, Digital Trade, and Digital Economy Development Strategy./
> /For Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary of UNECA, this step is imperative:
> “(We) must agree on minimum requirements for the establishment of
> Digital Identification platforms through a continental
> approach. …digital identity is an imperative for the AfCFTA, including
> cooperation on a policy framework for e-commerce.”/
> /To advance the strategy, UNECA will develop a set of tools to help
> countries harmonize and improve their digital identity systems based on
> the principles. Omidyar Network has provided UNECA with a grant to
> develop a capacity building program to help senior officials understand
> the complexities of digital identity and to support countries as they
> design, deploy, and manage Good ID systems./
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> */Follow the AU summit debate February 10th and 11th on Twitter and
> share your views using #GoodID./*
>   * Africa <https://medium.com/tag/africa?source=post>
>   * Digital Identity <https://medium.com/tag/digital-identity?source=post>
>   * Identity <https://medium.com/tag/identity?source=post>
> --
> -----------------------------
> Anriette Esterhuysen
> Senior advisor on internet governance, policy advocacy and strategic
> planning
> Association for Progressive Communications
> apc.org
> afrisig.org
> anriette at apc.org

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