ID4Africa 2023: The Augmented General Meeting (AGM) returns once again richer, better, and more dynamic than before with a fresh and innovative approach to addressing Identity matters in Africa. The conference will be spread across 5 days (3 days physical & 2 virtual as LiveCasts). The physical meeting held at the modern new Edge Convention Centre in Nairobi will feature an exceptional, world-class conference and expo bringing together about 1500 (expected) regional and international experts and practitioners dedicated to identity development. The physical meeting is augmented by 6 LiveCasts, 4 of which will be simulcast as Plenaries on Days 1 & 2 of the conference, which lead into June (7th & 21st) where we will highlight major takeaways from the plenaries, along with outcomes and recommendations of the Day 3 workshops. The theme is:
The theme “Digital Identity as Public Infrastructure” supports our objective to share best practices for advancing identity ecosystems in Africa to the next phase beyond registration and credentialing of unique identities, which have dominated identity developments over the last decade. The dialogue will spotlight policies to enhance user-retention and improve the sustainability of ID schemes through enabling priority and high impact use cases and is informed by the experiences of a dozen advancing programs on the Continent. We will also learn from successful implementations of digital ID from several countries outside Africa who have managed to achieve total coverage of their entire population by creating the right incentives that render their id systems useful and desirable. While the agenda is responsive to immediate needs – such as identity verification for service delivery – it is also forward-looking and illustrates future pathways for reinvigorating ID4D through the development of public infrastructure such as the stacks for digital transformation of government and society. The 2023 AGM Program was developed in conjunction with our ongoing knowledge sharing platform – the ID4Africa LiveCasts – and is complemented by the content of the recent LiveCasts leading up to it.
The AGM conference consists of 2 days of multi-segment plenary sessions—PS1, to PS4 and a third full day featuring 4 major workshops. All plenaries will be simulcast as LiveCasts direct from the event stage, with two additional LiveCasts in June to summarize the results and recommendations of all the major activities at the physical portion of the AGM, particularly the Workshops. In addition, a Technology Expo and Hackathon cojoined with the conference will be held consecutively on days 1 to 3.
The objective of the workshops at ID4Africa 2023 is to provide delegates with an opportunity to engage in impactful discussions, brainstorming activities, and ideological networking through meaningful and focused dialogue around leading issues in the context of 4 highly specialized workshops held on Day 3 of the AGM. The outcomes, recommendations and summations will be presented during two LiveCast episodes held on June 7 and 21.
This workshop provides a step-by-step approach and best-practice tools for engaging with sectoral actors to develop impactful use cases for delivering public and private services. This includes understanding the specific requirements and needs of public and private service providers regarding Digital ID solutions, payment, and data exchange, such as the necessary functions, security, liability, terms and conditions, and service level agreements. It also addresses regulatory issues affecting [(DPI)/digital stacks] that may hinder the uptake of use cases in specific sectors, such as Customer Due Diligence/AML requirements and payment regulations.
This workshop reviews the experiences of African countries related to the reform of laws, policies and regulations that impact identity, civil registration, and digital transformation. Over the last decade, many texts of law were developed aiming to render identity systems more inclusive, non-discriminatory, protective of privacy and individual rights, and more adapted to the rapidly evolving digital context.
ID4Africa, along with its development partners—UNICEF and OpenCRVS, is holding this workshop to explore the possibility of developing a standardized game-changing platform for the digitalization of CRVS on the Continent. This shared asset would be built on open-source and would be freely available to all African countries to exploit in their reforms of their civil registration practices. This workshop promotes dialogue among the African civil registration stakeholders to assess desirability, timelines, milestones, governance and election of leadership, sustainability, establish principles, and the technical pathway to arriving at the desired platform starting with Digital Public Goods.
African Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) play a key role in the development and regulation of digital transformation programs and identity systems. This is as expected given the data-rich nature of these initiatives and their potential to be invasive to privacy of those they seek to benefit. The objective of this workshop is to give a voice to the DPAs around Africa and to enable them to shape the development agenda by articulating their concerns and recommendations on acceptable risk mitigation and data protection practices, and key regulatory considerations to be factored into such initiatives.
Below is a physical layout of a typical workshop. It identifies three categories of participants: Working Group Leaders; Contributors; and Observers.
Working Group leaders are chosen in advance in consultation with the chairing organization. They comprise of the workshop Chairperson, Discussants and Rapporteurs.
Contributors are those who have undergone merit-based selection from an application process and are selected as professionals who have subject matter expertise, experience, and display a willingness to contribute to the dialogue. These professionals include representatives from African government, development agencies, civil society, NGOs, NFP organizations and industry. Each member will form a core group seated at the roundtable with privilege to speak and contribute to the discussions.
Observers are non-contributing participants who will be seated theatre style in the Observer Gallery. This is a “Listening Only” role open to all AGM attendees and is subject to seating availability (first-come-first-served). Workshops 1 & 3 can seat up to 100 observers, while Workshops 2 & 4 can seat only up to 80 observers.
Applications are now closed for persons interested in becoming a Workshop Contributor. All ID4Africa 2023 delegates are encouraged to attend the workshops. Delegates who will not be participating as Contributors (i.e., those with a speaking role) are welcome to join as Observers (i.e., listening only). [See Observer description above].
The Exposition at ID4Africa 2023 features over 100 leading solution providers and technology innovators from around the world. It will also feature something we have never done before. The expo will host the worlds’ VERY FIRST CRVS Hackathon embedded within a special area of the exposition floor. The Hackathon, coordinated in collaboration with OpenCRVS, will allow government delegates to experiment with developing their own civil registration solutions on site, based on open-source, and to link them to ID solutions through open standards.
The 2023 AGM Program will aim to achieve the following 6 outcomes:
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