Now in it’s 4th year, the ID4Africa Annual Meeting continues to grow and evolve as it addresses the changing needs of identity management in Africa. ID4Africa 2018 will be held in Abuja, Nigeria, between April 24 – 26. Hosted by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the event is set to attract more participants than ever, and to present a wide array of top speakers on a diverse range of subjects.
What is ID4Africa?
The ID4Africa organization is part of the ID-4-All movement, which helps facilitate the journey of African nations as they come to grips with the need for and practicalities of digital identity. ID4Africa is a tripartite event, with representatives from African governments, industry leaders and development agencies.
The original brief for ID4Africa was to develop a sustainable legal identity for every person in Africa and to help individuals utilize their national identity to make use of increased social services. The annual meeting is held in a different African country each year. The first annual ID4Africa meeting was held in Tanzania in 2015, with subsequent meetings in Rwanda and Namibia in 2016 and 2017. The annual meeting attracted over 900 delegates in 2017.
The theme for ID4Africa 2018 is Harmonization of Identity Schemes. As the identity ecosystem evolves in Africa, it is vital to address the requirements of different schemes and the data requirements of diverse systems to enable full harmonization and access to services for all members of the population. ID4Africa 2018 will also launch a new multi-session symposium called DigiHealth: an in-depth analysis and review of digital healthcare systems in Africa, and the challenges and opportunities surrounding digital identity and access to healthcare services and management of these services across diverse sectors.
NIP and ID4Africa
NIP Global has been part of ID4Africa for four years, and in 2018 will be presenting a talk by Stephen Bekker. With over 20-years experience in governmental and large-scale registration systems, including biometric enrollment, Stephen Bekker has worked in several African markets, and brings his unique experience and expertise to the subject matter. Stephen has worked with NIP Global on several projects in Botswana, Lesotho, Zambia and Zimbabwe, where he was tasked with leading and managing the implementation of civil registration systems, national ID cards and e-Passport issuing, as well as birth and death registration systems.
Why National Identity Development is Important in Africa
Despite population growth, there is still an unequal and uneven distribution of benefits to many sectors of the population. Working together on a national ID program and systems will help government departments move successfully toward long-term development goals and ensure that every citizen has access to all available government services. Part of the long -term strategy is to ensure that everyone is guaranteed a national digital identity from birth, as well as to promote knowledge transfer and security protocols between countries on the continent of Africa.