Dalberg’s study found evidence that government and private sector interventions in Kenya boosted the use of digital services during the pandemic. The study revealed, 97% of Kenyan adults use their national ID to access various digital services including digital health.

The potential of a digital ID in financial inclusion and digital integration proves to be evermore important as can be seen from countries like Kenya. Safe and efficient access to services can be made easy with digital identification that allows citizens to access and use digital and physical services.

According to an analysis done on the Kenyan digital economy by Dalberg (Aug 2021), of the 99% of Kenyans that currently have National ID, 97% of them were able to use it to access different types of digital services such as digital health, seeking employment, e-commerce, and e-governance. And for those who access digital services without using any ID, other options used include police abstracts (50%), working with mobile money agents who know them (40%), and using other people’s IDs (13%).

Ethiopia has also started issuing digital IDs mainly in the capital but with low expansion rate.

The sooner digital IDs are in the hands of citizens, the better integrated the Ethiopian digital economy becomes.

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Ethiopia has been striving to give national digital identification card (ID) to citizens with age of above 18 years until 2025, the National ID Program CEO Yodahe Arayaselasie told to state media ENA. The ongoing pilot projects are in the pipeline with many organizations, including the Ministry of Education, Ethio telecom, Industrial Parks Development Corporation, Productive Safety Net Program, banks and vital events registration offices, he pointed out.

The national digital ID will contribute to Ethiopia’s economy by enabling the implementation of African Continental free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in the country, strengthen domestic and trans-boundary digital business ties, and facilitates access to government services, socio-economic activities and inclusion in the country.

Yesterday, the National ID Program launched a joint pilot digital ID project implementation for ten thousand of Bole Lemi Industry Park employees. The park’s staff has also received proper training.

National ID Program Website https://id.et/


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