Designed for Scale
Existing infrastructure places "identity for all" within reach, but creative partnership is required to leverage those opportunities. For example, an estimated 98% of children now receive one vaccination, representing a valuable opportunity to piggyback. Indeed, in the 34 countries where vaccine coverage rates that exceed registration rates by more than 20%, such as Malawi (see left), it should be possible to achieve rapid increases in identity and registration coverage through the alignment of these efforts.
Furthermore, the rapid proliferation of smart devices globally, combined with ever-increasing computing power and rapidly expanding broadband coverage, enables new methods of registration and facilitates ongoing interaction between individuals and their identity data. There are 3 billion iOS and Android computers and 2.5 billion smartphones currently in use and with an estimated 40% of people in sub-Saharan Africa owning a mobile phone, this technology is widespread in both developed and developing countries. As a result, the broad digital networks of private sector companies such as Facebook and Google offer further opportunities to reach the unregistered. Indeed, Facebook, Google and Microsoft each facilitate over 1 billion “identities.” Only the governments of India and China are managing individual records on this scale.