On June 20, the UNU-EGOV will host IDINA’s first Expert Group Meeting. The event will gather the project’s partners and invited researchers to share knowledge on digital identification systems and discuss the challenges of deploying non-authoritative solutions in diverse social realities.
The meeting will explore strategies toward identifying and motivating local entities to become reliable sources of information; deliberate on developing indicators that can accurately assess the impact of IDINA; address the challenges, and discuss the best practices and innovative approaches to ensure successful implementation and operation of the IDINA system.
Based on the partners’ experience and perspectives, the Expert Group Meeting’s outcoming insights and recommendations will be integrated into the ongoing development of the IDINA system, reinforcing its potential and collaborative nature.
About the IDINA system and its goals:
The path towards the United Nations’ objective of providing legal identity for all, including free birth registrations, has been facing several challenges. Notably, the diversity of social realities, limited ICT infrastructures, challenging legal frameworks, and unstable political commitment have resulted in solutions highly fitted to a specific scenario, thus hard to be replicated in different regions.
Paired with noncomprehensive public services of civil registration, these aspects impact how identity records are created, stored and used by citizens in their daily interactions.
The upcoming IDINA system aspires to tackle these impairments through a non-authoritative approach aiming at a community-oriented identification system underpinned by relations of social trust, inclusiveness, and the use of cutting-edge accessible technologies.
The innovative aspect of IDINA consists of relying on local entities as the primary source of information about the population they interact with. Based on this incrementally gathered information, individuals will be able to prove their identity in various scenarios.