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Identification for Development (ID4D) 2020 Annual Report (English)

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has been a test of resilience. Economic activity and services across the globe have been severely disrupted, and the impacts have disproportionately been felt by the poor and most vulnerable populations, whose numbers have increased substantially as a result of illness, lost income, and other shocks. Countries that had strong digital infrastructure - including connectivity and good digital ID, payments, and data governance systems - in place before the pandemic began were better able to adapt, mitigate, and maintain at least some continuity. Inclusive and trusted digital ID systems were especially important to ensure that intended beneficiaries received emergency cash transfers quickly and safely, and that people could securely access services online. Civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems that recorded deaths accurately and quickly, including medical causes, provided crucial information to support an evidence-based public health response to the pandemic. Going forward, these systems can play a critical role not only in identifying the eligible beneficiaries or COVID related emergency support, but also in the delivery of vaccine programs.


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    Identification for Development (ID4D) 2020 Annual Report

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    ID Systems; digital id; civil registration; Data Protection; legal and regulatory framework; Civil Registration and Identification; access to financial service; person with disability; civil registration systems; qualitative research; Identification for Development; vulnerable population; public health risk; risk of exclusion; billion people; birth registration; open source software; Social Protection Benefits; right to vote; barriers for woman; cost of transportation; cash transfer program; best practice guide; informal sector worker; word of mouth; improved service delivery; cause of death; efficiency of vaccine; legal & regulatory; accessibility of service; public health response; technical assistance program; identification management; social science research; state of knowledge; government's national strategy; public awareness campaign; formal financial system; online service delivery; lack of incentive; social insurance program; inclusion of women; third party provider; social protection program; emergency response mechanisms; requirement of need; gap in access; displacement and resettlement; civil society consultation; global best practice; low income household; identity verification; marginalized group; social assistance; digital economy



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Identification for Development (ID4D) 2020 Annual Report (English). Identifcation for Development Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.