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ID and COVID-19 : Overview of Country Examples in Safety Protocols and Practices (English)

Across the globe, countries have leveraged foundational identification (ID) systems as part of their COVID-19 pandemic (coronavirus) and to transition to online service delivery. Where inclusive and trusted ID systems with near universal coverage are already in place, governments have used these to streamline or automate the registration or targeting process for emergency social assistance. In Chile, the government made payments worth 60 US Dollars under the “Bono COVID-19” initiative directly to the bank accounts of 2.7 million vulnerable people—predominately informal workers. These payments were made possible by the national ID-linked basic bank account “Cuenta Rut.” People have also been able to verify their eligibility online using their unique ID number and date of birth. Furthermore, where ID systems provide a means of digital authentication, countries are better able to continue delivering services remotely and online; in India, for example, the government launched an emergency cash transfer with the objective of providing three monthly payments to 200 million women. The government managed to rapidly deliver the payments to the bank accounts of beneficiaries because these accounts were linked to their Aadhaar (ID) number.


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    Najles,Julian, Sundaram,Sanjith

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    ID and COVID-19 : Overview of Country Examples in Safety Protocols and Practices

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Najles,Julian Sundaram,Sanjith

ID and COVID-19 : Overview of Country Examples in Safety Protocols and Practices (English). Identification for Development Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.