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CONFERENCE

21-24 May 2024 I Cape Town, South Africa

GET READY FOR THE ID4D EVENT OF THE DECADE!

OVERVIEW

ID4Africa 2024: The Annual General Meeting (AGM) returns once again bigger and better than ever with another exceptional program to bring you an immersive and unparalleled knowledge-sharing experience with a fresh and innovative approach to addressing Identity matters in Africa. This year’s meeting holds special significance as we mark our 10th Anniversary since the inception of ID4Africa and the dawn of the ID4D Movement. Hosted and organized by ID4Africa, this special edition AGM will be held at the world-class Cape Town International Convention Center 2 (CTICC 2) facility, nestled within the spectacular city of Cape Town to reunite an expected 2000+ experts and practitioners from nearly 100 countries (50+ from Africa) who are dedicated to identity development.

In view of the importance of this year’s special commemorations, the AGM will run over 4 action-packed days instead of the customary 3 to provide greater opportunities for focused deliberations, brainstorming, collaboration and networking through a variety of activities accessible to all registered attendees. Guaranteed, this is one event you won’t want to miss!

PROGRAM THEME & OBJECTIVES

THE THEME OF ID4AFRICA 2024 IS…

Digital Identity as DPI: Fostering Trust, Inclusion & Adoption

This theme embodies two axes of deliberation. The first highlights the specific approach to digital identity development. We argue that looking at digital identity through the lens of DPI is a powerful approach with a host of advantages. DPI can be likened to the road and highway infrastructure that underpins the movement of goods and the provision of services in the physical world. It represents the essential infrastructure required for economies and individuals to seamlessly interact in the digital world. It is also a foundational shift in the way we approach digital transformation, emphasizing the importance of interoperable, secure, and user-centric digital systems anchored on identity as DPI to drive progress and innovation.

This first part of the theme emphasizes that the mere consideration of adopting digital identity is insufficient; one needs to also explore the most suitable route to achieving it. We will see that this path necessarily capitalizes on a country’s unique circumstances, existing assets, capacities, and capabilities and will be different depending on the country. By focusing the first part of our theme on digital identity as DPI we are signaling the importance of exploring the pathway and not just the goal.

Within this context, specific constraints and prerequisites must be met by the digital identity scheme to ensure it serves its intended purpose effectively. Among the prerequisites that demand special attention, three aspects stand out for their exceptional significance: trust, inclusion, and adoption. A digital identity system or a DPI that is trustworthy, inclusive, and readily adopted by relying parties to support their service delivery is a key driver of success of any digital transformation initiative at a national level. This accounts for the second part of our theme this year, where not only are we looking at Digital Identity through a DPI lens, but we are also delving deeper into the critical actions needed to ensure trustworthiness, inclusivity, accessibility, and widespread adoption on a population scale.

In summary, the 2024 AGM theme recognizes digital identity as a foundational component of a country’s DPI, but it goes beyond by exploring what it takes for it to achieve trust, inclusion and adoption at population scale.

THE 4 PILLARS OF THIS THEME

DIGITAL IDENTITY AS INFRASTRUCTURE

BUILDING
TRUST

FOSTERING
INCLUSION

ACCELERATING
USE CASES

This theme is the bedrock upon which we have built this exciting and ambitious 4-Day Program, to comprehensively delve into every aspect of this important topic. The 2024 AGM Program continues in the tradition of delivering top-tier content that you’ve come to expect from ID4Africa events.

AGM SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

To specially commemorate this year’s milestone anniversary, the extended 4-Day AGM conference features an impressive lineup of 13 multi-segment plenary sessions (PS0 to PS12) taking place on days 1-3, and a combined total of 8 concurrent Workshops and Forums on Day 4. Plenaries will be simulcast as LiveCasts directly from the event stage for remote participants. Alongside these sessions, a world-class Technology Expo and a ground-breaking “Hands-On AI” supplementary activity session, both cojoined with the conference, will run consecutively until Day 3.

AGM PLENARIES @ A GLANCE

DAY 1 PLENARIES @ A GLANCE

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DAY 2 PLENARIES @ A GLANCE

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DAY 3 PLENARIES @ A GLANCE

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DAY 4 WORKSHOPS & FORUMS

MORNING WORKSHOPS & FORUMS @ A GLANCE

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AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS & FORUMS @ A GLANCE

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TOGETHER WITH A VIBRANT 3-DAY EXPO & HANDS-ON AI EXPERIENCE

The Networking & Exposition Zone at ID4Africa 2024 will showcase over 110 leading solution providers and technology innovators from across the globe. But that’s not all! We are also thrilled to be introducing a ground-breaking addition:  “Hands-On AI,” (which runs on days 2-3 of the conference). This dynamic experience offers attendees a first-hand opportunity to witness the potential impact of Generative AI on the identity ecosystem across platforms such as National ID, Civil Registration, Social Protection Platforms, Payment Systems, Grievance Redressal Systems, Biometric Solutions, and more!

EXPECTED
OUTCOMES

The 2024 AGM Program is designed to support the following outcomes:

1. Share policies, best practices, and global standards for developing successful identification programs including civil registration, legal and digital identity.
2. Identify pathways for harmonization of practices and data across sectors, countries and regions.
3. Highlight the various approaches for digital transformation including the emerging Digital Public Infrastructure anchored on digital identity.
4. Promote inclusive dialogue among stakeholders (government, civil society, development actors, and private sector) to address risks associated with digital identity systems and implement effective mitigation strategies.
5. Identify key success factors with emphasis on trust and inclusion (especially gender), user experience and lessons learned from responsible digital identity implementations including data protection and privacy.
6. Examine successful policies and the enabling legal and regulatory environment that have been proven to accelerate adoption and provide guardrails for safe implementations.
7. Explore strategies for maximizing impact of digital assets through enabling use cases that promote engagement with the population and empower individuals.
8. Examine innovations, both technological and in business processes, that hold the potential to be game changers for digital transformation and the adoption of digital identity across the Continent.
9. Cultivate dialogue and collaborations throughout the Conference Program and more specifically throughout the full day workshops.
10. Offer hands-on exposure to cutting-edge solutions through an exceptional world-class exposition.

8:30 – 9:00

PS0: WELCOME & THE ID4D ADDRESS

Opening of the Conference
Master of Ceremony
 
Keynote Presentation: State of ID4Africa & the ID4D Address (25 mins)
Dr. Joseph J. Atick, Executive Chairman, ID4Africa

In commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of ID4Africa and the ID4D Movement, this keynote reflects on the progress achieved thus far and critically assesses the current global landscape of digital identity and the present state of ID4Africa. Acknowledging the inevitability of the digital transformation of society, the address outlines a vision that encourages collaborative participation from all stakeholders, including civil society, in the foundational transformation process. It delves into business process strategies and highlights the safeguards necessary to expedite digital transformation, instill public trust, and ensure inclusive benefits for all. Additionally, the keynote sets expectations for the upcoming four days, providing an indispensable guide to the extensive and captivating program of this special extended Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Dr. Joseph J. ATICK

ID4Africa

9:00 – 10:30

PS1: THE AFRICA REPORT ON DIGITAL IDENTITY (PART I/II)

This plenary is Part One of a two-part overview (PS1 & PS2). During this session, 4 African Identity Authorities provide updates on the status of their respective digital identity projects. They underscore the progress made over the past year, elucidate the strategic and architectural decisions they have undertaken, and shed light on the vital safeguards and engagement models they have embraced to ensure responsible adoption of digital ID at the population scale.

This is then followed by a Q&A and audience participation segment, including a know-how exchange focused on the following topics:

The Credential Strategy and Options
Data Protection & Safeguards
Authentication for Service Delivery
Unique Identity Numbers: Their attribution & sectoral use
Remote Onboarding into Digital Identity Schemes
Citizenship and nationality challenges

The goal is to engage in a comparative analysis of the problem-solving approaches adopted by the 4 countries, creating a body of reliable, shareable, and applicable insights that can be used by others.
 
Host
Dr. Joseph J. Atick, Executive Chairman, ID4Africa
 
FEATURED COUNTRIES
 
• ETHIOPIA
Yodahe ZEMICHAEL, Executive Director, National ID Program (NIDP); and ID4Africa Ambassador

• KENYA
Amb. Prof. Julius BITOK, Principal Secretary, State Department for Immigration and Citizen Services, Ministry of Interior and National Administration

• NIGERIA
Engr. Abisoye Coker-Odusote, Director General/CEO, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), and ID4Africa Ambassador

• TOGO
Silété Devo, Director General, National Identification Agency, and ID4Africa Ambassador

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION

Dr. Joseph J. ATICK

ID4Africa

Yodahe ZEMICHAEL

National ID Program, and ID4Africa Ambassador, Ethiopia

Amb. Prof. Julius BITOK

State Department for Immigration & Citizen Services, Ministry of Interior and National Administration, Kenya

Silété DEVO

National Identification Agency, and ID4Africa Ambassador, Togo

Engr. Abisoye COKER-ODUSOTE

National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), and ID4Africa Ambassador, Nigeria

10:30 – 11:30

OPENING OF EXHIBITION & NETWORKING

11:30 – 13:00

PS2: THE AFRICA REPORT ON DIGITAL IDENTITY (PART II/II)

This is a continuation of Part One. In this session the next 4 African Identity Authorities provide updates on the status of their respective digital identity projects. They underscore the progress made over the past year, elucidate the strategic and architectural decisions they have undertaken, and shed light on the vital safeguards and engagement models they have embraced to ensure responsible adoption of digital ID at population scale.

This is then followed by a Q&A and audience participation segment, including a know-how exchange focused on the following set of topics:

• Gender-Neutral ID Policies
• Enrollment of Minors
• Linkage to Birth Registration
• Identity Management in Rural or No-Connectivity Areas
• Onboarding of Individuals with no Proof of Existence

The goal is to engage in a comparative analysis of the problem-solving approaches adopted by the 4 countries, creating a body of reliable, shareable, and applicable insights that can be used by others.

Host
Dr. Joseph J. Atick, Executive Chairman, ID4Africa

FEATURED COUNTRIES
 
• SOUTH AFRICA
• Thulani MAVUSO, Deputy Director General, Department of Home Affairs

• RWANDA
Josephine Mukesha, Director General, National Identification Agency (NIDA), and ID4Africa Ambassador.

• SIERRA LEONE
Mohamed Mubashir MASSAQUOI, Director General and Chief Registration Officer, National Civil Registration Authority (NCRA); and ID4Africa Ambassador

• LIBERIA
Zeze REED, Deputy Executive Director, National Identification Registry; and ID4Africa Ambassador

 AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION

Dr. Joseph J. ATICK

ID4Africa

Thulani MAVUSO

Department of Home Affairs, South Africa

Josephine MUKESHA

National Identification Agency (NIDA), and ID4Africa Ambassador, Rwanda

Mohamed M. MASSAQUOI

National Civil Registration Authority (NCRA); and ID4Africa Ambassador, Sierra Leone

Zeze REED

National Identification Registry; and ID4Africa Ambassador, Liberia

13:00 – 14:15

LUNCH & NETWORING

14:15 – 15:45

PS3: ACCELERATING IMPACT: DIGITAL IDENTITY USE CASES

The emphasis of this session is on the real-world applications and practical utility of digital identity within the broader development context. It presents a diverse range of instances where digital identity has proven effective in facilitating service delivery and empowering individuals. While covering a broad spectrum of use cases, the session particularly focuses on priority scenarios that stimulate the demand for digital identity, accelerate its impact, and enhance the sustainability of the digital ecosystem by providing substantial value while reducing friction and transaction costs. Additionally, the session underscores crucial considerations in the design of these use cases, such as user-centricity, interoperability, privacy, data protection, and security.

Moderator
Jonathan Marskell, Senior Program Officer, ID4D Initiative, The World Bank 

COUNTRY USE CASE

• The Philippines’ Journey Towards Total Digitalization of Government Anchored on Digital ID
Emily R. PAGADOR, Assistant National Statistician, Use Case Development and Management Service, PhilSys Registry Office, The Philippines

• Benefits of Aadhaar as DPI in India
Dr. Prabal PRATAP, Technology Director, Aadhaar Usage Division, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), India

• Tunisia’s Digital Infrastructure for Enabling Universal Service Delivery
Helmi SOLTANI, General Analyst, Assistant Director, Directorate General for IT and Application Development, Ministry of Interior, Tunisia

• Brazilian DPI: How rebuilding the identification system will change Brazil
Eduardo Magalhães de LACERDA FILHO, ID Project Leader, Digital Government Secretariat, Brazil 

Jonathan MARSKELL

The World Bank

Emily R. PAGADOR

PhilSys Registry Office, The Philippines

Dr. Prabal PRATAP

Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), India

Helmi SOLTANI

Ministry of Interior, Tunisia

Eduardo Magalhães de LACERDA FILHO

Digital Government Secretariat, Brazil

15:45 – 16:45

REFRESHMENTS & NETWORKING

16:45 – 18:30

PS4: THE DPI APPROACH TO DIGITAL IDENTITY & DIGITAL DEVELOPMENT

This session commences with Segment 1, featuring a multi-perspective panel discussion that explores the diverse scenarios where Digital Public Identities (DPIs) offer a superior approach to digital transformation of government, as opposed to straightforward digitalization of services. The discussion delves into the array of choices and architectural options available to governments in crafting their integrated DPIs. These options encompass constructing bespoke solutions based on existing Digital Public Goods (DPGs), procuring off-the-shelf DPI components adhering to open standards, and exploring hybrid models. The panel examines capacity requirements, associated risks, necessary safeguards, sustainability considerations, interoperability constraints, and the varying levels of effort and time associated with each pathway.

Segment 2, features a spotlight presentation that examines the power of collaboration between identity and ICT authorities for the development of core DPIs in the service of digital transformation. It examines the lessons learned from Uganda. This is followed, in Segment 3, by a multistakeholder panel of experts from 3 African countries. These frontline practitioners, integral to the implementation of their respective national DPI strategies, share their unique perspectives on leveraging DPIs for digital transformation. They shed light on the practical choices they plan to make and the anticipated challenges on the horizon, with a particular emphasis on fostering collaboration and harmonization efforts among diverse government stakeholders.

Host
Dr. Joseph J. Atick, Executive Chairman, ID4Africa
 
S1: FROM DIGITALIZATION TO DPI: POLICY PANEL
 

• Hon. Tahina Michel RAZAFINDRAMALO, Minister, Ministry of Digital Development, Digital Transformation, Post and Telecommunications, Presidency of the Republic of Madagascar

• Robert OPP, Chief Digital Officer, UNDP

• Dr. Kanwaljit SINGH, Senior Program Officer, DPI, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

• Nanjira SAMBULI, Fellow, Technology and International Affairs Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

S2: SPOTLIGHT PRESENTATION

A Collaborative Approach to Digital Identity & Transformation: The twinning Uganda’s NIRA & NITA
Grace NANYANZI, Manager, Information Systems, National Identification & Registration Authority (NIRA); and ID4Africa Deputy Ambassador, Uganda

• Dr. Hatwib MUGASA, Executive Director, National Information Technology Authority (NITA), Uganda

S3: ASSESSING THE DPI APPROACH IN AFRICA: A multistakeholder panel

Mouhamed Mahi SY, Director of Information Systems, Agency for Universal Health Coverage; and ID4Africa Ambassador, Senegal

Mariam Abdoulaye BA, Coordinator, PMO IT & Quality Division, Operational Monitoring Office, Emerging Senegal Plan, Senegal

Mphatso SAMBO, Principal Secretary, National Registration Bureau; and ID4Africa Ambassador, Malawi

Paul KATEMA, eGovernment Director, Ministry of Information and Digitalization; and ID4Africa Deputy Ambassador, Malawi

Luke MATE, Director, Systems Development and Support, Smart Zambia Institute; and ID4Africa Deputy Ambassador, Zambia

Spriano BANDA, Chief Systems Development Officer, Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security, Zambia

Dr. Joseph J. ATICK

ID4Africa

Hon. Tahina Michel RAZAFINDRAMALO

Ministry of Digital Development, Digital Transformation, Post and Telecommunications, Presidency of the Republic of Madagascar

Robert OPP

UNDP

Dr. Kanwaljit SINGH

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Nanjira SAMBULI

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Grace NANYANZI

National Identification & Registration Authority (NIRA); and ID4Africa Deputy Ambassador, Uganda

Dr. Hatwib MUGASA

National Information Technology Authority (NITA), Uganda

Mouhamed Mahi SY

Agency for Universal Health Coverage; and ID4Africa Ambassador, Senegal

Mariam Abdoulaye BA

PMO IT & Quality Division, Operational Monitoring Office, Emerging Senegal Plan, Senegal

Mphatso SAMBO

National Registration Bureau; and ID4Africa Ambassador, Malawi

Paul KATEMA

Ministry of Information and Digitalization; and ID4Africa Deputy Ambassador, Malawi

Luke MATE

Smart Zambia Institute; and ID4Africa Deputy Ambassador, Zambia

Spriano BANDA

Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security, Zambia

08:30 – 10:15

PS5 : THE SOLUTIONS & TECH SYMPOSIUM (PART I/II)

In Part One of this two-part session, five leading identity solution providers share in a series of focused presentations, innovations, developments and lessons learned from their real-world deployments. The audience can engage with each speaker within a dedicated Q&A segment that follows each presentation

Moderator
Engr. Abisoye COKER-ODUSOTE, Director General/CEO, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), and ID4Africa Ambassador, Nigeria

PRESENTATIONS

Digital Transformation via Holistic Secure Identity Management: An African success story
H.E. Victor Domingos CANHEMBA JÚNIOR, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Mozambique
Matthias Kar KÖHLER, Vice President TECURITY®, Mühlbauer Group

Identifying the Right Approach: Key considerations for selecting and deploying a national digital ID program
Karim BENDADDA, Regional Sales Manager, Africa, IDEMIA

• How Digital ID Approach, based on Trust, Inclusion and Adoption, Contributes to Building Sovereign Digital Public Infrastructure
Céline GOUVEIA, Vice President Identity Sales, Government Programs, IN Groupe

• Effective Pathways for Building DPIS: Lessons from Thailand, Panama & Chile
Tomas ANTOLIK, Executive Director, EMEA, Innovatrics

Unlocking Digital Africa Using Critical Components of DPI One Step at a Time
Metesh BHATI, Chief Digital Officer, Protean eGov Technologies

Engr. Abisoye COKER-ODUSOTE

National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), and ID4Africa Ambassador, Nigeria

H.E. Victor Domingos CANHEMBA JÚNIOR

Ministry of Interior, Mozambique

Matthias Kar KÖHLER

Mühlbauer Group

Karim BENDADDA

IDEMIA

Céline GOUVEIA

IN Groupe

Tomas ANTOLIK

Innovatrics

Metesh BHATI

Protean eGov Technologies

10:15 – 11:15

REFRESHMENTS & NETWORKING

10:15 – 11:15

ES1: HANDS-ON AI (Part I/IV)

Experience the transformative power of Gen AI in identity development with Hands-On AI at ID4Africa 2024! Led by a team of experts from Ernst and Young, this 4-hour interactive session in the Networking and Expo Zone offers a deep dive into the future of AI-assisted ID4D.
Discover how to:

• Revolutionize Digital Identity Adoption: Explore our hands-on experience in ID technology, no coding needed.
• Unleash the power of Generative AI: Discover code generation, automated documentation and reports, and experience the transformative impact of AI on your workflow.
• Create, and transform with Knowledge Engines for DPGs and GenAI Studio: See how easy it is to develop conversational bots, agents, and assistants. Capture any domain of knowledge, including in-house expertise and documentation or DPGs, into interactive systems for capacity building, or in support of citizen-facing portals.

What to Expect:

• Hands-On Learning: Interact and engage with cutting-edge technologies.
• No-Code Innovation: Create without the barriers of technical expertise.
• Real-World Applications: See how Generative AI can revolutionize ID and its ecosystem adoption.

11:15 – 13:00

PS6: THE SOLUTIONS & TECH SYMPOSIUM (PART II/II)

The session continues with another 5 leading identity solution providers sharing, in a series of focused presentations, innovations, developments and lessons learned from their real-world deployments. The audience can engage with each speaker within a dedicated Q&A segment that follows each presentation.

• Moderator
Dr. Lourino Alberto CHEMANE, Chairman, National Institute of Information and Communication Technology (INTIC); and ID4Africa Deputy Ambassador, Mozambique

• Standardizing Identity Practices: Africa’s key to unity & security
Xavier PROST, Global Vice President, IDMS, Veridos

• Integrating Mobile Identity within an Evolving Digital Landscape: A blueprint for an inclusive future
Mark SULLIVAN, Director, Digital Services, Canadian Bank Note

• Mauritius’ Pioneering Next Generation ID Systems
Devendre GOPAUL, Permanent Secretary, Home Affairs Division, Prime Minister’s Office; and ID4Africa Ambassador, Mauritius
Sébastien GUÉRÉMY, VP, Digital Identity and Verification Solutions, Thales

• Transforming The Way We Travel: Safe, secure & seamless journeys with Digital Travel
Jeremy SPRINGALL, Global Head, SITA AT BORDERS

• Instantaneous, On-Demand Digital Identity in our Daily Lives
Sean ZHENG, CEO, EMPTECH

Dr. Lourino Alberto CHEMANE

National Institute of Information and Communication Technology (INTIC); and ID4Africa Deputy Ambassador, Mozambique

Xavier PROST

IDMS, Veridos

Mark SULLIVAN

Canadian Bank Note

Devendre GOPAUL

Prime Minister’s Office; and ID4Africa Ambassador, Mauritius

Sébastien GUÉRÉMY

Thales

Jeremy SPRINGALL

SITA AT BORDERS

Sean ZHENG

EMPTECH

13:00 – 14:15

LUNCH

14:15 – 16:15

PS7 : NIST SYMPOSIUM: THE STATE OF THE ART IN BIOMETRICS

This exceptional symposium features leading biometric experts from NIST, the organization renowned for setting global standards, establishing performance benchmarks, and providing guidelines.  The session begins with an introduction to NIST and its evaluation activities, covering core biometric concepts, metrics, and use-cases. Then in a series of presentations, it delves into the strengths and weaknesses of face, iris, and fingerprint modalities. Each modality-specific segment emphasizes capabilities, limitations, and usage considerations for identity verification. The face segment highlights NIST’s Face Recognition Technology Evaluation (FRTE), addressing 1-to-1 verification, 1-to-N search, accuracy gains, demographic effects, and the twins issue. It also covers the Face Analysis Technology Evaluation (FATE) encompassing morph detection, face quality effects, presentation attack detection, and age verification. The iris recognition section discusses results from the Iris Exchange (IREX) benchmark and contrasts them with face recognition results. Contactless fingerprint evaluation focuses on performance, interoperability, and certification guidance. The session concludes by addressing human interaction with biometric capture devices and a panel Q&A.

Agenda Speaker
1. Introduction to NIST
2. Biometrics 101
3. Face – FRTE/FATE
4. Iris
5. Contactless Fingerprint
6. Human/Device Interaction
7. Question & Answer
1. Patrick GROTHER, Biometric Testing Project Lead, NIST

2. Craig WATSON, Image Group Manager, NIST

3. Mei Lee NGAN, Computer Scientist, NIST

Patrick GROTHER

NIST

Craig WATSON

NIST

Mei Lee NGAN

NIST

16:15 – 17:15

REFRESHMENTS & NETWORKING

16:15 – 17:15

ES2 : HANDS-ON AI (Part II/IV)

Experience the transformative power of Gen AI in identity development with Hands-On AI at ID4Africa 2024! Led by a team of experts from Ernst and Young, this 4-hour interactive session in the Networking and Expo Zone offers a deep dive into the future of AI-assisted ID4D.
Discover how to:

• Revolutionize Digital Identity Adoption: Explore our hands-on experience in ID technology, no coding needed.
• Unleash the power of Generative AI: Discover code generation, automated documentation and reports, and experience the transformative impact of AI on your workflow.
• Create, and transform with Knowledge Engines for DPGs and GenAI Studio: See how easy it is to develop conversational bots, agents, and assistants. Capture any domain of knowledge, including in-house expertise and documentation or DPGs, into interactive systems for capacity building, or in support of citizen-facing portals.

What to Expect:

• Hands-On Learning: Interact and engage with cutting-edge technologies.
• No-Code Innovation: Create without the barriers of technical expertise.
• Real-World Applications: See how Generative AI can revolutionize ID and its ecosystem adoption.

17:15 – 18:30

PS8: INTEROPERABILITY OF IDENTITY DATA & SYSTEMS

The question of interoperability of identity systems continues to gain significance, driven by a few important use cases. This session explores two compelling use cases in Africa. The first, discussed in Segment 1 (S1), focuses on the interoperability between humanitarian identity systems and national systems, particularly in the context of refugees and displaced individuals. The discussion extends beyond operational and technical considerations to include protective measures, ensuring that interoperability benefits individuals by empowering them to participate in the digital economy of the host country without causing harm. The second use case is related to regional and continental integration schemes and the free movement of persons and goods, such as those promoted by ECOWAS, SADC, and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). In Segment 2 (S2), a panel of experts examines the crucial role digital identity can play in supporting these schemes, while highlighting the interoperability challenges that remain to be addressed. The discussion encompasses several perspectives, including policy, legal and regulatory, business practices, and digital infrastructure requirements.

Moderator
Gail HODGES, Executive Director, OpenID Foundation

S1: INTEROPERABILITY OF IDENTITY WITHIN THE HUMANITARIAN CONTEXT

• Andrew HOPKINS, Chief, Digital Identity and Registration Section, UNHCR

S2: DIGITAL IDENTITY IN SUPPORT OF REGIONAL & CONTINENTAL INTEGRATION

Tumelo RABOLETSI, Former Principal Secretary, Ministry of Local Government, Chieftainship, Home Affairs and Police; CRVS and ID Expert; and ID4Africa Ambassador, Lesotho
Dr. Victor AMADI, Research Fellow, Centre for Comparative Law in Africa, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Albert SIAW-BOATENG, Director, Free Movement of Persons, Migration and Cross Border Cooperation, ECOWAS

Gail HODGES

OpenID Foundation

Andrew HOPKINS

UNHCR

Tumelo RABOLETSI

Ministry of Local Government, Chieftainship, Home Affairs and Police, CRVS and ID Expert; and ID4Africa Ambassador, Lesotho

Dr. Victor AMADI

University of Cape Town, South Africa

Albert SIAW-BOATENG

ECOWAS

Mihret WOODMATAS

African Union Commission (AUC)

08:30 – 10:30

PS9 : ADVANCED DIGITAL CREDENTIALS MANAGEMENT

This session delves in detail into digital credential models and the management of digital identity credentials. The primary focus centers on the three most recent and promising innovations: digital wallets, mobile driver’s licenses, and verifiable credentials. As the digital identity landscape continues to evolve, the convergence of the three innovations offers a promising avenue for more efficient and secure identity management and verification processes. The session is thoughtfully structured into three distinct segments, each led by a team of frontline experts. Within each segment, these experts thoroughly analyze the credential model, elucidate its implementation, underscore its advantages, dissect the underlying standards, and assess its interplay with the other models.

Host
Dr. Joseph J. Atick, Executive Chairman, ID4Africa

S1: DIGITAL WALLETS: MAXIMIZING IMPACT OF DIGITAL IDENTITY

Digital wallets offer an appealing framework for credential management, presenting significant advantages for both individuals and government organizations responsible for issuing credentials. They empower individuals by providing a convenient, efficient, and highly secure means to manage and share their identity information. Moreover, they serve as a flexible platform for government-issued credentials to play a pivotal role in authenticating identities within third-party service environments. This segment delves deeply into the world of digital wallets, shedding light on their operational concepts, setting them apart from traditional mobile apps, elucidating the trust and security frameworks they employ, and exploring strategies for seamless integration into existing identity programs to expedite adoption. Furthermore, the session underscores the strategic importance of the European Union’s endorsement and integration of the European Digital Identity Wallet (EUDI) alongside the availability of an Open-Source wallet (INJI), creating a golden opportunity for advancing the development agenda in the digital identity landscape.

• EUDI: A catalyst for the future of person-centric digital identity
Adam COOPER, Technical Consultant, European Commission

• INJI: The open source digital wallet
Ramesh NARAYANAN, CTO, MOSIP


S2: FROM mDL to mDOC: A STANDARDIZED APPROACH TO DIGITAL IDENTITY & FEDERATION

The Mobile Driver’s License (mDL) is a digital identity standard originally aimed at transforming the traditional physical driver’s license into a secure and easily accessible digital format stored on a smartphone.. It has evolved into the concept of “mDoc” (Mobile Document) by expanding its scope beyond just driver’s licenses to include other types of identity and qualification documents. Today, mDoc represents a framework for digital identity verification including in person as well as online applications. This session delves into the pivotal evolution of mDoc, emphasizing its standards and interoperability, robust security measures, efficient storage capabilities, and the user’s ability to selectively share pertinent information. Furthermore, it elucidates the points of intersection and differentiation between mDoc and the European Digital Identity Wallet (EUDI), offering valuable insights into the unfolding landscape of digital identity.

• Michael McCaskill, Director, Identity Management, America Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA)
• Loffie Jordaan, Business Solutions Architect, AAMVA


S3: FROM POLICY TO REALITY: A NON-TECHNICAL JOURNEY TO INTEGRATE VERIFIABLE CREDENTIALS

This segment explains how verifiable credentials can be integrated into existing identity infrastructure and processes, explaining the business cases to do so. It begins with a concise introduction to verifiable credentials and their role in enabling citizens to prove their identity and achieve tasks online, quickly, and securely. It then provides a high-level overview of the standards and protocols (e.g. W3C VC and DIDs) that underpin decentralized identity authentication and allow these digital credentials to work with other technologies such as digital wallets. Using the example of Bhutan’s NDI Wallet – the world’s first national identity wallet – the session shines a light on how to integrate digital wallets and credentials with what already exists, and how doing so can promote security and inclusion. It also spotlights an emerging use case from Thailand.

• Catherine NABBALA, Head, Product-Identity Verification and Global Business Development, Finema (Thai Health Pass)

• Anand ACHARYA, Project Manager, Bhutan National Digital Identity Scheme

Damian GLOVER, Senior Director, Communications, Decentralized Identity Foundation (DIF)


S4: Q&A + PANEL DISCUSSION COVERING PS9 (S1-S3)

 

Dr. Joseph J. ATICK

ID4Africa

Adam COOPER

European Commission

Ramesh NARAYANAN

MOSIP

Michael McCASKILL

America Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA)

Loffie JORDAAN

America Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA)

Anand ACHARYA

Bhutan National Digital Identity Scheme

Catherine NABBALA

Product-Identity Verification and Global Business Development, Finema (Thai Health Pass)

Damian GLOVER

Decentralized Identity Foundation (DIF)

10:30 – 11:30

REFRESHMENTS & NETWORKING

10:30 – 11:30

ES3: HANDS-ON AI (Part III/IV)

Experience the transformative power of Gen AI in identity development with Hands-On AI at ID4Africa 2024! Led by a team of experts from Ernst and Young, this 4-hour interactive session in the Networking and Expo Zone offers a deep dive into the future of AI-assisted ID4D.
Discover how to:

• Revolutionize Digital Identity Adoption: Explore our hands-on experience in ID technology, no coding needed.
• Unleash the power of Generative AI: Discover code generation, automated documentation and reports, and experience the transformative impact of AI on your workflow.
• Create, and transform with Knowledge Engines for DPGs and GenAI Studio: See how easy it is to develop conversational bots, agents, and assistants. Capture any domain of knowledge, including in-house expertise and documentation or DPGs, into interactive systems for capacity building, or in support of citizen-facing portals.

What to Expect:

• Hands-On Learning: Interact and engage with cutting-edge technologies.
• No-Code Innovation: Create without the barriers of technical expertise.
• Real-World Applications: See how Generative AI can revolutionize ID and its ecosystem adoption.

11:30 – 13:15

PS10: THE GUARDRAILS TRILOGY (PART I/III): 
            DIGITAL IDENTITY GOVERNANCE

This session delves into the critical topic of digital identity governance, elucidating its paramount significance in the current landscape. It navigates through the intricate web of managing and overseeing digital identities, shedding light on the pivotal role governance plays in ensuring security, privacy, and efficiency. The session explores how robust governance frameworks are essential in establishing trust and credibility in digital interactions, be it in government services, financial transactions, or online engagements. By examining real-world—bottoms up–case studies and best practices, the session underscores the proactive measures required to mitigate risks, uphold user rights, and foster a seamless, interoperable digital identity ecosystem.

Moderator
Dr. Sarah Lister, Head, Governance Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP

S1: CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES FOR GOVERNANCE OF DIGITAL ID

Hon. Shakeel SHABBIR AHMED, Member of Parliament, Kenya National Assembly

Hon. Gladys GANDA, Member of Parliament and Budget Committee Chair, National Assembly, Malawi

Hon. Mariama Ella GOBA, Member of Parliament, Communication, Technology and Innovation Committee, Sierra Leone House of Parliament

Sati Lou Madeleine TOUVOLI, Member of the General and Institutional Affairs Committee, National Assembly, Côte d’Ivoire

S2: FRAMEWORKS

• Existing International Normative Governance Framework

Triparty Dialogue

• Dr. Sarah LISTER, Head, Governance Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP

• Barbara UBALDI, Head, Digital Government and Data Unit, OECD

• Peter KUSEK, Global Program Manager, Digital Development, The World Bank

Spotlight Presentations

• Moritz Carl FROMAGEOT, Associated Expert, Office of the UN Envoy on Technology

• Dr. Emrys SCHOEMAKER, Senior Advisor, Governance, UNDP, and Director, Caribou Digital

S3: COUNTRY PERSPECTIVES 

Alexandre Marie YOMO, Director General, National Civil Status Registration Office (BUNEC), Cameroon

Tulimeke MUNYIKA, Director, National Population Register, Identification and Production, Dept. of Civil Registration, Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety and Security; and ID4Africa Ambassador, Namibia

Dr. Aminah ZAWEDDE, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Communication Technology and National Guidance, Uganda

Percy CHINYAMA, National Coordinator, Smart Zambia Institute, Zambia

 

Dr. Sarah LISTER

UNDP

Hon. Shakeel SHABBIR AHMED

Kenya National Assembly

Hon. Gladys GANDA

Malawi National Assembly

Hon. Mariama Ella GOBA

Sierra Leone House of Parliament

Madeleine SATILOU GOLEMAN épouse TOUVOLI

National Assembly, Côte d’Ivoire

Barbara UBALDI

UNDP

Peter KUSEK

The World Bank

Moritz Carl FROMAGEOT

Office of the UN Envoy on Technology

Dr. Emrys SCHOEMAKER

UNDP, and Director, Caribou Digital

Alexandre Marie YOMO

National Civil Status Registration Office (BUNEC), Cameroon

Tulimeke MUNYIKA

Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety and Security; and ID4Africa Ambassador, Namibia

Dr. Aminah ZAWEDDE

Ministry of Information and Communication Technology and National Guidance, Uganda

Percy CHINYAMA

Smart Zambia Institute, Zambia

Abdiwali Ali ABDULLE

National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA); and ID4Africa Ambassador, Somalia

13:15 – 14:30

LUNCH

14:15 – 14:30
SPECIAL SESSION

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE 2025 AGM

14:30 – 16:00

PS11 : THE GUARDRAILS TRILOGY (PART II/III): 

BUILDING TRUST, PROTECTING HUMAN RIGHTS: DEMYSTIFYING CIVIL SOCIETY’S CONTRIBUTION TO LEGAL IDENTITY FOR ALL

Civil society organizations (CSOs) across Africa and the globe are making important contributions to advance universal access to legal identity for all. Contributions include service design recommendations for various operational processes, legal empowerment initiatives, research and community engagement, participation in oversight mechanisms, and advocacy for proper legal and policy safeguards. However, the skills, knowledge and effective modalities for working with and leveraging civil society expertise are not always widely understood by other actors pursuing the shared goal of inclusive and safe digital identification systems. This panel brings together prominent civil society individuals and organizations who are working with communities, government implementers and international development partners to advance equitable access, safeguard against harm, and enable full participation of individuals within society.

The session highlights the different kinds of contributions CSOs are making and opportunities to enhance participation and collaboration. Panelists share research and practices that can help governments better design identity systems that are more inclusive and safe in support of development goals, and discuss ways to achieve more effective multistakeholder discourse around the difficult trade-offs that sometimes arise in the introduction of new digital identification systems.

Moderator
Matthew McNaughton, Director, Inclusion, Safety & Civil Society Engagement

S1: Creating A Big Tent: How contributions from across society can accelerate progress

Sulemana BRAIMAH, Executive Director, Media Foundation for West Africa

Marianne DÍAZ HERNÁNDEZ, Global Campaigner, Access Now

S2: Are we reaching everyone? What can communities tell us

Elizabeth ATORI, Legal Officer, Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER), Uganda

Mariam JAMAL, Digital Rights Program Officer, Haki na Sheria Initiative, Kenya

S3: Partnering with Researchers & Academic Institutions

Pam DIXON, Founder & Executive Director, World Privacy Forum

Nashilongo GERVASIUS, Technology Policy Researcher, University of Science & Technology, Namibia

Prof. Mame Penda BÂ, Researcher & Lecturer, Political Science, Gaston Berger University, Saint-Louis, Senegal

S4: The Way Forward
Panel discussion engaging all panelists + Audience Participation (45 mins)

Matthew McNAUGHTON

Co-Develop

Sulemana BRAIMAH

Media Foundation for West Africa

Marianne DÍAZ HERNÁNDEZ

Access Now

Pam DIXON

World Privacy Forum

Nashilongo GERVASIUS

University of Science & Technology, Namibia

Elizabeth ATORI

Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER), Uganda

Prof. Mame Penda BÂ

Gaston Berger University, Saint-Louis, Senegal

Mariam JAMAL

Haki na Sheria Initiative, Kenya

16:00 – 17:00

REFRESHMENTS & NETWORKING

16:00 – 17:00

ES4 : HANDS-ON AI (Part IV/IV)

Experience the transformative power of Gen AI in identity development with Hands-On AI at ID4Africa 2024! Led by a team of experts from Ernst and Young, this 4-hour interactive session in the Networking and Expo Zone offers a deep dive into the future of AI-assisted ID4D.
Discover how to:

• Revolutionize Digital Identity Adoption: Explore our hands-on experience in ID technology, no coding needed.
• Unleash the power of Generative AI: Discover code generation, automated documentation and reports, and experience the transformative impact of AI on your workflow.
• Create, and transform with Knowledge Engines for DPGs and GenAI Studio: See how easy it is to develop conversational bots, agents, and assistants. Capture any domain of knowledge, including in-house expertise and documentation or DPGs, into interactive systems for capacity building, or in support of citizen-facing portals.

What to Expect:

• Hands-On Learning: Interact and engage with cutting-edge technologies.
• No-Code Innovation: Create without the barriers of technical expertise.
• Real-World Applications: See how Generative AI can revolutionize ID and its ecosystem adoption.

17:15 – 18:30

PS12: THE GUARDRAILS TRILOGY (PART III/III):

REFORM OF LEGAL FRAMEWORKS FOR IDENTITY MANAGEMENT: A POLICY PANEL

This panel looks to the various actionable legal reforms that have been – and are anticipated to be – undertaken in opening-up the right to access to identification to all persons in a country. It starts from the base consideration of identification as an administrative process undertaken by the state to know its population. The session explores what actions might be done to identify and fill gaps, using lived experiences to highlight challenges about what does – and does not – work. Particular consideration is given to making sure that legal frameworks are compatible with the digital age, that they respect and support safeguards and enablers, and that due consideration is given to engagement with society within the framework of participative legal reform.

Moderators

• Conrad Daly, Senior Counsel, Human Development & Technology, Legal Vice Presidency, Operations Policy Unit, The World Bank
• Nay Constantine, Legal Expert and Data Governance Specialist, ID4D Initiative, Digital Development Global Practice, The World Bank

S1: THE ENABLING ECOSYSTEM FOR IDENTIFICATION

This session looks at the wider legal enabling environment and sectoral obligations—including social protection, universal health care, financial inclusion, and other such objectives—that implicate or even oblige government to develop robust unique foundational identification systems to achieve those objectives.

PANELISTS

• Karidja KONE Epse BAMBA, Director of Affiliation, The National Health Insurance Fund (CNAM); and ID4Africa Deputy Ambassador, Côte d’Ivoire

• Josephine MUKESHA, Director General, National Identification Agency (NIDA); and ID4Africa Ambassador, Rwanda

• Edson GUYAI, Director, ID Management, National Identification Authority (NIDA); and ID4Africa Ambassador, Tanzania

S2: SAFEGUARDING INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS

This session looks at the safeguards’ environment—including data protection, legal recourse, access to justice and to information, and other rights—and their role in helping to shape systems and ensure universal access to identification.

PANELISTS

Dr. Vincent OLATUNJI, National Commissioner/CEO, Nigeria Data Protection Commission (NDPC), Nigeria

• Immaculate KASSAIT, Data Commissioner, Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, Kenya

Laura BINGHAM, Executive Director, Institute for Law, Innovation & Technology (iLIT), Temple University Beasley School of Law, USA

S3: ENGAGING SOCIETY: LEGAL REFORMS AS A PARTICIPATIVE PROCESS 

• Sihle Mthiyane, Chief Director, Policy & Strategy, Department of Home Affairs, South Africa

• Dr. Jean AHOLOU, National Coordinator, WURI Project, National Agency for the Identification of Persons (ANIP), Benin

Conrad DALY

The World Bank

Nay CONSTANTINE

The World Bank

Karidja KONE Epse BAMBA

The National Health Insurance Fund (CNAM); and ID4Africa Deputy Ambassador, Côte d’Ivoire

Edson GUYAI

National Identification Agency (NIDA); and ID4Africa Ambassador, Tanzania

Dr. Vincent OLATUNJI

Nigeria Data Protection Commission (NDPC), Nigeria

Immaculate KASSAIT

Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, Kenya

Thulani MAVUSO

Department of Home Affairs, South Africa

Josephine MUKESHA

National Identification Agency (NIDA), and ID4Africa Ambassador, Rwanda

Laura BINGHAM

Temple University Beasley School of Law

Dr. Jean AHOLOU

National Agency for the Identification of Persons (ANIP), Benin

08:30 – 10:30 Part I/II

08:30 – 10:30 Part I/II

08:30 – 10:30
Part I/II

WORKSHOP 1:
CYBERSECURITY FOR IDENTITY PROFESSIONALS

Chairing Organization: The World Bank

This workshop explores the crucial link between digital identification and cybersecurity. As digital IDs become essential to countries’ Digital Public Infrastructure and service delivery, the need to protect these systems from cyber threats is more pressing than ever. The workshop provides a opportunity to grasp the changing cybersecurity environment, draw lessons from international best practices, and join forces to strengthen digital ID systems. Attendees will learn to recognize the main cybersecurity risks that identity professionals face throughout the identity lifecycle—from the initial registration and identity proofing to authentication and data sharing across sectors—through interactive scenarios, followed by insights shared by cybersecurity experts and ID practitioners on implementing robust security measures. This workshop marks the beginning of a community of practitioners dedicated to ongoing cybersecurity dialogue, exchanging best practices and innovative solutions for building resilient digital public infrastructures capable of withstanding today’s and tomorrow’s cyber challenges in Africa.

The workshop consists of 4 major segments spread over the two parts. After a scene-setting segment, the workshop delves into cybersecurity issues and challenges related to the different phases of the identity lifecycle

• S0: Introduction, scene setting & risk assessment methodology
• S1: Registration & identity proofing
• S2: Authentication
• S3: Data Sharing

CHAIRPERSON

Marie Eichholtzer, Digital Development Specialist, ID4D Initiative, The World Bank

DISCUSSANTS

Ghislain de SALINS, Senior Digital Development Specialist, ID4D Initiative, The World Bank

• Teki AKUETTEH, Founder & Executive Director, Africa Digital Rights’ Hub, Ghana

Shah MAHMOOD, Researcher, University of Warwick

• Nathalie KIENGA, Deputy Chief, National Cyberdefense Council; and ID4Africa Ambassador, Democratic Republic of Congo

• Mulalo TSHIFARO, Acting Chief Director, Infrastructure Management, Department of Home Affairs, South Africa

• Yann BOUAN, Chief Strategy Officer & Identity Expert, IDAKTO

• Ibifuro APIAFI, Strategic Account Executive, Smile ID

• Patrick Grother, Biometric Testing Project Lead, NIST (TBC)

• Clarence BASOGLOYELE, Product Manager, MedTrack, Ghana

• Chinenye CHIZEA, Technical Lead and Security Architect, Digital ID4D Project, Nigeria

Other discussants, who missed the deadline for this publication, will be added at the workshop.

Patrick GROTHER

NIST

Marie EICHHOLTZER

The World Bank

Ghislain de SALINS

The World Bank

Teki AKUETTEH

Africa Digital Rights’ Hub, Ghana

Prof. Carsten MAPLE

Cyber Security Centre, University of Warwick

Nathalie KIENGA

National Cyberdefense Council; and ID4Africa Ambassador, Democratic Republic of Congo

Mulalo TSHIFARO

Department of Home Affairs, South Africa

Yann BOUAN

IDAKTO

Ibifuro APIAFI

Smile ID

Clarence BASOGLOYELE

MedTrack, Ghana

Chinenye CHIZEA

Digital ID4D Project, Nigeria

Shah MAHMOOD

University of Warwick

WORKSHOP 2:
BRIDGING THE INCLUSION GAP: EMPOWERING AFRICA’S FORCIBLY DISPLACED AND STATELESS THROUGH INCLUSIVE ID SYSTEMS

Chairing Organization: UNHCR

Forcibly displaced and stateless populations face immense challenges due to lack of proper identification, hindering access to essential services and legal recognition. With Africa hosting over 20 million such individuals, urgent action is needed to refine national ID systems for inclusion. This workshop, tailored for government policymakers and practitioners, offers key principles and best practices in ID systems, emphasizing inclusion and socio-economic integration. Through collaboration and innovative digital solutions, we aim to empower displaced individuals and benefit host communities.
Key objectives include equipping service providers, discussing user experiences, addressing regulatory barriers, and identifying impactful stakeholders. Participants will gain practical insights and knowledge about applying digital innovations for inclusion. This multi-segment workshop features over 25 experts and practitioners engaging in interactive sessions. They discuss how to drive forward-thinking solutions and enhance inclusivity in national systems for forcibly displaced and stateless populations, a cannot miss topic. This workshop is essential for government agencies, NGOs, private sector actors, and civil society organizations committed to fostering inclusion and socio-economic empowerment, especially for refugees, displaced, and stateless individuals.

This workshop is structured as follows:

• S1: Creating an enabling policy environment for national identification systems inclusive of refugees and stateless persons.
• S2: Advancing practical solutions for access to digital identity for refugees.
• S3: Empowering inclusion in national digital identity systems.

CHAIRPERSONS

Angele DJOHOSSOU, Bureau Deputy Director – Regional Bureau, Southern Africa, UNHCR

• Patrick Michael EBA, Deputy Director, Policy & Law, UNHCR

• Andrew HOPKINS, Chief, Digital Identity and Registration Section, UNHCR

FACILITATORS

Sanjay DHARWADKER, Senior Digital Identity Officer, UNHCR

Benedicte VOOS, Senior Legal Officer, UNHCR

 DISCUSSANTS (Listed in Order of Appearance)

Sam JEFFERIES, Senior Registration & Identity Management Officer, UNHCR

• Julius BITOK, Principal Secretary, State Department for Immigration and Citizen Services, Ministry of Interior and National Administration, Kenya

Josephine MUKESHA, Director General, National Identification Agency (NIDA); and ID4Africa Ambassador, Rwanda

Paul KOREKI, Technical Advisor, Office of the Minister of Justice, Côte d’Ivoire

Rahel ABRAHAM, Program Director/ Chief Operating Officer, National ID Program (NIDP), Ethiopia

• Ato Tesfa BELISSA, Team Leader, Registration & Documentation, Refugees and Returnees Service (RRS), Ethiopia

• Goodson SINYENGA, Director, Planning, Research & Information Department, Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security, Zambia

• Thandeka CHOUKE, Head, Statelessness Project, Lawyers for Human Rights, South Africa

Fatima KHAN, Professor, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Bronwen MANBY, Academic & Consultant, London School of Economics

• Dr. Emrys SCHOEMAKER, Senior Advisor, Governance, UNDP, and Director, Caribou Digital

• Gail HODGES, Executive Director, OpenID Foundation

• Bhaskar MISHRA, CRVS & Legal Identity Specialist, UNICEF

Nelson NYANGU, Director, Social Welfare, Ministry of Community Development & Social Services, Zambia

Mahamat Oumar KESSOU, Director General, National Agency for Secure Documents (ANATS), Chad

Richard SIKAKANE, Deputy Director, Citizenship and Travel Documents, Department of Home Affairs (DHA), South Africa

• Ago Christian KODIA, Director General, National Agency for Civil Registration & Identity (ONECI), Côte d’Ivoire

Romesh SILVA, Senior Technical Specialist, UNFPA

Rahul PARTHE, Chairman & Co-founder, TECH5

Stephanie DE LABRIOLLE, Executive Director, Secure Identity Alliance (SIA)

Simon REED, Deputy Director, IrisGuard

Amb. Prof. Julius BITOK

State Department for Immigration & Citizen Services, Ministry of Interior and National Administration, Kenya

Gail HODGES

OpenID Foundation

Andrew HOPKINS

UNHCR

Dr. Emrys SCHOEMAKER

UNDP, and Director, Caribou Digital

Angele DJOHOSSOU

Regional Bureau, Southern Africa, UNHCR

Patrick Michael EBA

UNHCR

Sanjay DHARWADKER

UNHCR

Benedicte VOOS

UNHCR

Sam JEFFERIES

UNHCR

Paul KOREKI

Office of the Minister of Justice, Côte d’Ivoire

Bhaskar MISHRA

UNICEF

Ato Tesfa BELISSA

Refugees and Returnees Service (RRS), Ethiopia

Goodson SINYENGA

Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security, Zambia

Thandeka CHOUKE

Lawyers for Human Rights, South Africa

Fatima KHAN

University of Cape Town, South Africa

Nelson NYANGU

Social Welfare, Ministry of Community Development & Social Services, Zambia

Mahamat Oumar KESSOU

National Agency for Secure Documents (ANATS), Chad

Richard SIKAKANE

Department of Home Affairs (DHA), South Africa

Richard SIKAKANE

Citizenship and Travel Documents, Department of Home Affairs (DHA), South Africa

Ago Christian KODIA

National Agency for Civil Registration & Identity (ONECI), Côte d’Ivoire

Romesh SILVA

UNFPA

Rahul PARTHE

TECH5

Stephanie DE LABRIOLLE

Secure Identity Alliance (SIA)

Simon REED

IrisGuard

WORKSHOP 3 :
FROM INTEGREATING CR WITH ID & HEALTH TO DEVELOPING ACSA: STRATEGIS FOR BOOSTING CRVS

Chairing Organization: UNICEF, UNECA & OpenCRVS

Civil Registration (CR) is the foundation of legal identity, and it adds a dimension of robustness and trust to any identity scheme. Despite the burgeoning investments in digital identity across the continent, CRVS initiatives have not received the support and priority they deserve within the development agenda. This workshop aims to address this gap by leveraging two promising initiatives.
Firstly, the workshop delves into the potential of twinning CR with health services, utilizing health facilities, staff, and infrastructure to bolster CR. By streamlining business processes and implementing legal reforms, compelling evidence, presented during the session, suggests that this approach can significantly increase Civil Registration rates.

Secondly, the session spotlights the African eCRVS Shared Asset (ACSA) initiative, which was first introduced during the 2023 AGM in Nairobi, Kenya. This initiative aims to accelerate the development of CRVS systems across Africa, promoting standardization and harmonization tailored to the continent’s unique needs and leveraging Digital Public Goods. 

The workshop focuses on the multilateral collaborative framework recently established and announced by  UNICEF, UNECA, ID4Africa, OpenCRVS, and Vital Strategies to drive ACSA forward. The inaugural meeting of this collaboration features interactive discussions across the following five segments covering various facets of the initiative:


S1: Realizing the synergies between CR and ID & Health  
S2: The Normative Part of the African eCRVS Shared Asset (ACSA)  
S3: Leveraging DPGs as Foundational Assets for ACSA
S4: Country Experience with OpenCRVS as DPG
S5: Governance Framework for ACSA 

Approximately two dozen experts, collaboration partners, and representatives of African Civil Registration authorities participate in these discussions, fostering dialogue and welcoming audience input.

CHAIRPERSON

• Sheema SEN GUPTA, Director, Child Protection, UNICEF

Bhaskar MISHRA, CRVS & Legal Identity Specialist, UNICEF

• Oliver CHINGANYA, Director, African Centre for Statistics, UNECA

Edward DUFFUS, CEO, OpenCRVS

DISCUSSANTS (listed in order of first appearance)

• Abdon Marius MIKPON’AÏ, Director, Civil Registration, Civil Status Directorate, Ministry of Interior and Public Security; and ID4Africa Ambassador, Benin

• Aliou Ousmane SALL, Director General, National Civil Status Agency (ANEC); and ID4Africa Deputy Ambassador, Senegal

• Henry MACHIRI, Registrar General, Civil Registry Department, Zimbabwe

• Leevans SEEBA, Deputy Registrar General, Department of National Registration, Passport and Citizenship, Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security, Zambia

Tessa RUIJGROK, VP, Strategic Alliances, WCC Group

Martin BRATSCHI, Technical Director, CRVS, Vital Strategies

• James MWANZA, Technical Advisor, Vital Strategies

• Karin HEISSLER, Regional Adviser, Child Protection, UNICEF WACARO

• Annina WERSUN, Chief Impact Officer, OpenCRVS

• Robert KARANJA, Senior Director, Africa, Co-Develop

• Huyen Tran Titti Ho BREKKEN, Senior Advisor, Section for Innovation, NORAD

Speaker TBA, TBA, National Identification & Registration Authority (NIRA); and ID4Africa Ambassador, Uganda

• Abdikani WEHLIYE, Director, Civil Registration Services, Ministry of Interior; and ID4Africa Deputy Ambassador, Somalia

• Alexandre Marie YOMO, Director General, National Civil Status Registration Office (BUNEC), Cameroon

• Ousmane DIALLO NACANABO, Director, Unique Identifier, Directorate General of Civil Registry Modernization, Ministry of Territorial Administration and Security, Burkina Faso

• Cornelius WILLIAMS, Senior Legal Expert, UNICEF

• William MUHWAVA, Chief, Demographic & Social Statistics Section, African Centre for Statistics (ACS), UNECA

• Nicola BRANDT, Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF ESARO

Sheema SEN GUPTA

UNICEF

Oliver Chinganya

African Centre for Statistics, UNECA

Bhaskar MISHRA

UNICEF

William MUHWAVA

African Centre for Statistics (ACS), UNECA

Edward DUFFUS

OpenCRVS

Martin Bratschi

Vital Strategies

Annina WERSUN

OpenCRVS

Abdikani WEHLIYE

Ministry of Interior; and ID4Africa Deputy Ambassador, Somalia

Huyen Tran Titi Ho BREKKEN

NORAD

Robert KARANJA

Co-Develop

Abdon Marius MIKPON’AÏ

Ministry of Interior and Public Security; and ID4Africa Ambassador, Benin

Aliou Ousmane SALL

National Civil Status Agency (ANEC); and ID4Africa Deputy Ambassador, Senegal

Henry MACHIRI

Civil Registry Department, Zimbabwe

Leevans SEEBA

Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security, Zambia

Tessa RUIJGROK

WCC Group

James MWANZA

Vital Strategies

Karin HEISSLER

UNICEF WACARO

Ousmane DIALLO NACANABO

Directorate General of Civil Registry Modernization, Ministry of Territorial Administration and Security, Burkina Faso

Cornelius WILLIAMS

UNICEF

Nicola BRANDT

UNICEF ESARO

Grace NANYANZI

National Identification & Registration Authority (NIRA); and ID4Africa Deputy Ambassador, Uganda

Alexandre Marie YOMO

National Civil Status Registration Office (BUNEC), Cameroon

10:30 – 11:00

NETWORKING BREAK  

11:00 – 13:00 Part II/II

WORKSHOPS 1, 2 & 3 CONTINUED

13:00 – 14:00

NETWORKING & LUNCH

14:00 – 16:00 Part I/II

14:00 – 16:00 Part I/II

14:00 – 16:00

WORKSHOP 4: PRACTICAL END-TO-END GUIDE FOR IDENTIFYING, PROCURING AND DEPLOYING THE RIGHT IDENTITY SOLUTION FOR YOUR COUNTRY

Chairing Organization: UNDP

This workshop aims to equip government policymakers and practitioners with useful knowledge for the identification, procurement, and deployment of the right legal identity solution tailored to their country’s needs. It focuses on navigating the complexities of choosing and implementing digital legal identity systems, emphasizing understanding users’ perspectives along with technical and financial considerations. Participants explore the critical decision-making process between creating in-house solutions or purchasing from private vendors (including the usage of DPG products and open source solutions), underscoring the necessity for customization to address the uniqueness of each legal identity system.

Interactive sessions delve into the challenges faced in selecting suitable solutions, the intricacies of the procurement process, and the deployment phases, including vendor selection, contract management, and the essential upgrades and maintenance post-implementation. Special attention is given to avoiding vendor lock-in, ensuring sustainable practices, and enhancing local capacities.

Featuring speakers and discussants from various countries and organizations, the workshop shares insights and experiences on overcoming obstacles and achieving successful implementation. By the end of the workshop, participants will gain practical knowledge and strategies for managing their digital legal identity projects effectively, ensuring that the chosen identity solutions are secure, sustainable, and beneficial for their countries. This collaborative platform not only offers guidance but also enables an exchange of best practices, preparing attendees to make informed, impartial decisions in the procurement process while promoting the successful implementation of digital legal identity systems that cater to their specific national needs.

This workshop is structured into two major parts

• Part I: Guidance on how to identify the relevant/s IT solution/s for digital ID (120 mins)

• Part II: Guidance on Procurement (120 mins)

CHAIRPERSONS

• Dr. Sarah LISTER, Head, Governance Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP

 • Chahine HAMILA, e-Gov Senior Advisor & Technologist, UNDP

 • Victor MARGALL VON HEGYESHALMY, Governance Procurement Lead, Office of Procurement, UNDP

DISCUSSANTS (listed in order of first appearance)

• Anna METZ, Digital Development Specialist, The World Bank

• Alexander Morgan CHEGE, Assistant Director, ICT, Civil Registration Services, Ministry of Interior and National Administration, Kenya

• Mouhcine YEJJOU, Director, Morocco eID Project, DGSN, Morocco

Stefanus van STADEN, Director, Solutions Architecture, Office of the Prime Minister, Namibia

• Nachiyunde NACHIYUNDE, Provincial Registrar, Central Province, Zambia

• Lt. Col. David JOBOJOBO, Deputy Director, ICT, Directorate of Civil Registration, Nationality, Passports and Immigration; and ID4Africa Ambassador, South Sudan

• Connie Francis SHIRIMA, Director, Management Information System, National Identification Authority (NIDA), Tanzania

• Mbawaka MWAKHWAWA, Principal Registration Officer, National Registration Bureau, Malawi

• Princess Nkoyo A. IWOK, Director, Procurement, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Nigeria

• Mustapha Saidu KAMARA, Director, Procurement & Logistics, National Civil Registration Authority (NCRA), Sierra Leone

• Prosper Simon Blaise OTTOU OTTOU, Director, Information Systems, National Civil Registration Office (BUNEC), Cameroon

Dawit Mulugeta DAME, Head of Strategy, National ID Program (NIDP), Ethiopia

• Abdikani WEHLIYE, Director, Civil Registration Services, Ministry of Interior; and ID4Africa Deputy Ambassador, Somalia

Julio LUCAS, National Director, IT, Information Technology and Institutional Communication Office, Ministry of Justice & Human Rights, Angola

Ramathou TRAORE Epse TOURE, Deputy Director of Maintenance & Support, Information Systems Division, ONECI, Côte d’Ivoire

• Julien DROUET, VP, Identity Solutions, IDEMIA Smart Identity and Board Member, Secure Identity Alliance (SIA)

• Stephanie DE LABRIOLLE, Executive Director, Secure Identity Alliance (SIA)

 

Dr. Sarah LISTER

UNDP

Chahine HAMILA

UNDP

Victor MARGALL VON HEGYESHALMY

UNDP

Anna METZ

The World Bank

Mbawaka MWAKHWAWA

National Registration Bureau, Malawi

Mustapha Saidu KAMARA

National Civil Registration Authority (NCRA), Sierra Leone

Prosper Simon Blaise OTTOU OTTOU

National Civil Registration Office (BUNEC), Cameroon

Julio LUCAS

Ministry of Justice & Human Rights, Angola

Mouhcine YEJJOU

Morocco eID Project, DGSN, Morocco

Lt. Col. David JOBOJOBO

Directorate of Civil Registry, Nationality, Passports and Immigration; and ID4Africa Ambassador, South Sudan

Alexander Morgan CHEGE

Civil Registration Services, Ministry of Interior and National Administration, Kenya

Nachiyunde NACHIYUNDE

Department of National Registration, Passport and Citizenship (DNRPC), Zambia

Ramathou TRAORE Epse TOURE

ONECI, Côte d’Ivoire

Princess Nkoyo EKAMMA ANIEFIOK IWOK

National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Nigeria

Stefanus van STADEN

Organization TBC Namibia

Connie Francis SHIRIMA

National Identification Authority (NIDA), Tanzania

Abdikani WEHLIYE

Ministry of Interior; and ID4Africa Deputy Ambassador, Somalia

Julien DROUET

IDEMIA Smart Identity and Board Member, Secure Identity Alliance (SIA)

WORKSHOP 5: ACCELERATING SUSTAINABLE DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION THROUGH COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS BETWEEN GOVSTACK & DPX

Chairing Organization: GovStack & Centre for DPI

This workshop addresses the challenge of interoperability within DPx (DPG and DPI) initiatives. If these initiatives share objectives and principles, their disparate origins may result in incompatible paths, risking the creation of mega-silos. Ensuring continuous coordination and collaboration is crucial to accelerating progress toward the shared objectives of all stakeholders. At the workshop’s outset, the GovStack building blocks and the countries coaching approach will be introduced as potential catalysts for convergence and interoperability between DPx. GovStack and Centre for DPI jointly share their best practices for achieving synergies. Subsequently, representatives from the DPI and DPG ecosystems will collaboratively explore challenges and solutions for interoperability across DPx, identities, and business data. Discussions will address how to balance data interoperability and privacy protection by comparing centralized and decentralized approaches, and leveraging technologies such as registries and verifiable credentials. The workshop concludes by presenting real cases from various countries, fostering interactions to raise global awareness of the DPG/DPI portfolio and promoting a unified approach to DPx.

More explicitly. the workshop is organized into the following two parts

Part I: DPIs and DPG conversations (120 minutes): In this part, the conversation focuses on understanding some key DPIs, DPGs, their commonalities and differences. It underscores the need for cooperation into a common agenda and for interoperability of data.

• Part II: Countries and DPx conversations (120 minutes): In this part, countries share their experience with DPI, DPG, and outline the open issues they still face with the DPx approach. This is followed by the reaction from  DPx initiatives that engages the representatives of the countries and the experts in a panel discussion to provide lessons learned and outline a path for the way forward. Audience participation is facilitated as well.

CHAIRPERSONS

Jaume DUBOIS, GovStack ID & Wallet Building Block Lead, GovStack; and Principal Consultant, ID30

Vijay VUJJINI, CTO, Center for DPI & Chief Architect, G2P Connect

Dr. Lourino Alberto CHEMANE, Chairman, National Institute of Information and Communication Technology (INTIC), and ID4Africa Deputy Ambassador, Mozambique


DISCUSSANTS

• Julia CLARK, Senior Economist, ID4D Initiative, The World Bank

• Jonathan MARSKELL, Senior Program Officer, ID4D Initiative, The World Bank

• Puneet JOSHI, CTO, OpenG2P

• Chahine HAMILA, e-Gov Senior Advisor & Technologist, UNDP

• Edward DUFFUS, CEO, OpenCRVS

• Jeremi JOSLIN, Executive Director, OpenSPP

• Debora COMPARIN, Chairman, OSIA Initiative, Secure Identity Alliance

Ramesh NARAYAN, CTO, MOSIP

• Gail HODGES, Executive Director, OpenID Foundation

• Daniel GOLDSCHEIDER, Founder, OpenWallet Foundation

Togbe AGBAGLA, CTO, Agence Togo Digital (ATD); and ID4Africa Deputy Ambassador, Togo

• Eyob Alemu BUBA, Technical Director, National ID Program (NIDP)

• Percy CHINYAMA, National Coordinator, Smart Zambia Institute, Zambia

• Rosemary KISEMBO, Executive Director, National Identification & Registration Authority (NIRA); and ID4Africa Ambassador, Uganda

• Gertrude KADUMBO, CEO, Malawi National Switch; and ID4Africa Deputy Ambassador, Malawi

• Anand ACHARYA, Project Manager, Bhutan National Digital Identity Scheme

Emily PAGADOR, Assistant National Statistician, Use Case Development and Management Service, PhilSys Registry Office, The Philippines

Jaume DUBOIS

GovStack & ID30

Vijay VUJJINI

Center for DPI & G2P Connect

Julia CLARK

The World Bank

Jeremi JOSLIN

OpenSPP

Eyob Alemu BUBA

National ID Program (NIDP), Ethiopia

Debora COMPARIN

Secure Identity Alliance

Daniel GOLDSCHEIDER

OpenWallet Foundation

Togbe AGBAGLA

Agence Togo Digital (ATD); and ID4Africa Deputy Ambassador, Togo

Jonathan MARSKELL

The World Bank

Emily R. PAGADOR

PhilSys Registry Office, The Philippines

Dr. Lourino Alberto CHEMANE

National Institute of Information and Communication Technology (INTIC); and ID4Africa Deputy Ambassador, Mozambique

Ramesh NARAYANAN

MOSIP

Anand ACHARYA

Bhutan National Digital Identity Scheme

Percy CHINYAMA

Smart Zambia Institute, Zambia

Edward DUFFUS

OpenCRVS

Chahine HAMILA

UNDP

Gertrude KADUMBO

Malawi National Switch; and ID4Africa Deputy Ambassador, Malawi

Grace NANYANZI

National Identification & Registration Authority (NIRA); and ID4Africa Deputy Ambassador, Uganda

Gail HODGES

OpenID Foundation

FORUM 1 :
DATA PRIVACY & SECURITY: NAVIGATING THE DIGITAL DIVIDENDS OF AFRICA’S ID ECOSYSTEM SAFELY

Chairing Organizations: Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, Kenya & Personal Data Protection Office, Uganda

The adoption of Digital ID systems promises enhanced access to public and private services, economic opportunities, and improved governance. Yet, this digital progress also raises complex challenges surrounding data privacy and security. To increase the adoption of these technologies, it is imperative to build trust by establishing frameworks that guard individual rights while fostering technological advancements. This forum provides insights on how selected African countries are navigating the delicate balance between innovation and privacy in the deployment of digital ID systems.

The participants have the opportunity to interact with data protection regulators from across Africa who share knowledge on the privacy challenges seen from the implementation of digital ID systems and practical solutions to address them, recent developments in data protection legislation in various countries, an in depth discussion of what compliance should look like and what practical solutions are being implemented in the various countries to address some of the privacy related risks identified with the increased adoption of digital identities. The discussion highlights how regulators are collaborating with identity authorities to increase compliance and the enforcement mechanisms they have implemented. Through this enriched understanding, attendees will be better equipped to advocate for, develop, and implement digital ID systems that not only drive innovation and growth but also robustly protect the data and privacy of individuals across Africa and identify opportunities for solution providers especially in providing solutions for enhancing compliance such as e consent systems and how they can be deployed within the identity eco system.


CHAIRPERSONS

Immaculate KASSAIT, Data Commissioner, Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, Kenya 

Stella ALIBATEESE, Director, National Personal Data Protection, Personal Data Protection Office, Uganda

DISCUSSANTS


• Tchimaden Hadatan SANADY, Chairperson, Data Protection Authority (HAPDP), Niger 

• Pam DIXON, Founder & Executive Director, World Privacy Forum

• Omar SEGHROUCHNI, President, Commission Nationale de Contrôle de la Protection des Données à Caractère Personnel (National Data Protection Monitoring Commission), Morocco

• Tsitsi MARIWO, Director, Data Protection, Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (PROTAZ)

• Dr. Vincent OLATUNJI, National Commissioner/CEO, Nigeria Data Protection Commission (NDPC), Nigeria 

 

Immaculate KASSAIT

Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, Kenya

Stella ALIBATEESE

Personal Data Protection Office, Uganda

Omar SEGHROUCHNI

National Data Protection Monitoring Commission, Morocco

Tsitsi MARIWO

Postal & Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (PROTAZ)

Tchimaden Hadatan SANADY

Data Protection Authority (HAPDP), Niger

Dr. Vincent OLATUNJI

Nigeria Data Protection Commission (NDPC), Nigeria

Pam DIXON

World Privacy Forum

16:00 – 16:30

 NETWORKING BREAK

16:30 – 18:30 Part II/II

16:30 – 18:30

WORKSHOP 4 & 5 CONTINUED

FORUM 2 :
CAN TRUST BE ENGINEERED ON THE AFRICAN CONTINENT?

Chairing Organization: WiSER (Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research)

As African nations embrace biometric ID systems, real-time banking switches, shared credit reporting, and computerized voting, the question arises: can trust be engineered in this digital era? While advocates of distributed ledgers often tout trust, the surge in attacks and regulatory challenges has cast doubt on blockchain’s trustworthiness. This view extends to state-owned digital currencies, public infrastructures, biometric registers, and voter systems. While trust is well-defined in computer science and security, a broad state-level understanding of protecting trust in digital infrastructure is lacking. This panel explores key questions of our times:

• How do digital infrastructures both foster and undermine trust?
• What impact do various financial obligations – sovereign, corporate, SME and Personal – have on trust within digital systems?
• Does political involvement weaken or strengthen trust in these systems?
• What institutional drivers are needed to foster trust in digital infrastructure?
• Are the proliferating digital systems in Africa enhancing or eroding trust?

CHAIRPERSON

Keith BRECKENRIDGE, Professor & Acting Co-Director, Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER), University of Witwatersrand


DISCUSSANTS

• Bulelani JILI, Meta Research PhD Fellow, Harvard University

• Nanjala NYABOLA, Writer, Political Analyst, Activist & Author of Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics and Traveling While Black

• Elizabeth ATORI, Legal Officer, Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER), Uganda

Keith BRECKENRIDGE

Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER), University of Witwatersrand

Bulelani JILI

Harvard University

Nanjala NYABOLA

Independent

Elizabeth ATORI

Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER), Uganda

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