Can biometrics beat the developing world's challenges?

Daniel M.L. Storisteanu, Toby L. Norman, Alexandra Grigore, Alain B. Labrique

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The World Bank estimates that as many as 1.5bn people worldwide do not officially exist. This lack of formal identification is a key challenge across the developing world – without reliable, unique and persistent identifiers, governments and development organisations struggle to provide essential goods and services to the populations they serve. The problem is wide-ranging: the dynamic nature of subsistence or agricultural communities and largely dysfunctional civil registration systems, combined with rapid population growth, have led to communities which are uncountable and poorly censused. Paper-based identity systems are resource-intensive, fragile and easily manipulated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages5
Specialist publicationBiometric Technology Today
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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