With the emergence and proliferation of digital identity systems around the world, it’s more important than ever to consider how this new set of identity systems will affect citizens.
In pursuit of making all new identity systems ‘Good ID’, we must strive for all digital forms of identification to embed privacy, inclusion, user value, control, and security in their design. We must also aim to build trust through transparency and accountability at every stage of the process.
The Participation for Digital ID Toolkit aims to define what ‘good’ looks like for public participation in digital ID systems. It has been designed with civil society organizations like yours to enable public participation and strengthen new digital ID initiatives across Africa.
Over the course of five months, IDEO.org developed this toolkit with CSOs from across the continent and across sectors, representatives from governments in Africa, and residents. Our goal was to understand how CSOs can be catalysts to increase public engagement and input in digital ID systems, and build tools to help them do so more effectively.
We worked with representatives of 22 different CSOs to co-create tools and imagine how they might bring governments and residents together to better ensure good public participation and better digital ID.
We'd like to thank the Omidyar Network for their grant support for this initiative. This toolkit was co-created with civil society organizations, government representatives, and sector experts from across Kenya, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Uganda, and the United States, and we gratefully acknowledge their time and contributions to this work.