Dignified identities in cash programming

 Igor Ovsyannkov/ Unsplash
Igor Ovsyannkov/ Unsplash

Four of Norway’s largest humanitarian organisations have come together to help tackle the challenge of providing digital identities in cash programming.

What is the humanitarian challenge?
Due to lack of recognized proof of identity, roughly 1.5 billion individuals (World Bank, 2016) face challenges in accessing or enjoying basic rights and services such as voting, setting up a bank account, registering a business, land ownership, receiving social protection payments, school enrollment, and even humanitarian assistance. Identity management remains one of the biggest challenges for humanitarian action. Lack of registration makes people “invisible” and hampers effective humanitarian assistance. Attempts to address this issue have been ad hoc and siloed within individual aid organisations.


What is innovative about this project?
Digital ID has the potential to be a game changer for humanitarian action, by empowering and engaging recipients of aid, facilitating efficient and large-scale cash transfer programming (CTP), and by enhancing coordination and collaboration among multiple agencies. This project aims to demonstrate how digital identity technologies can assist in overcoming these barriers and contribute to a more efficient, collaborative and user-centered humanitarian response.


What are the expected outcomes?
Through the Dignified Identity project, four of Norway’s largest humanitarian organisations (Norwegian Red Cross, Save the Children Norway, Norwegian Refugee Council, Norwegian Church Aid) have come together with the mission to give control and ownership of personal data back to individuals, and out of multiple NGO systems, and at the same time increase collaboration between NGOs and their beneficiaries, with user consent as a key. Read more about the Humanitarian Innovation Platform and the Dignified ID project here.

The project builds on the knowledge and insights gained through the Blockchain Open-Loop Cash transfer project.