Since 2011, the situation in Syria has escalated from a series of peaceful demonstrations to civil war. Nationwide protests against President Bashar Al-Assad were met with violent crackdowns at the hands of the government and the Syrian army. In January 2015, the death toll surpassed 220,000 and has since been estimated to be as high as 310,000. As Syria has plunged further into violence, the country’s infrastructure has been left in ruins. More than 11 million Syrian refugees have fled their homes to find safety abroad. What began as an isolated conflict in one country is now a crisis that requires the world to come together to give displaced Syrians a new beginning. Read More
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Two months have passed since the United Nations ratified the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which aim to eradicate poverty by 2030. The goals are lofty and include everything from equality of the sexes to ending hunger. Data that accurately reflects the progress being made towards achieving the SDG’s is going to be critical if each objective is to be met by the target date. As many as 350 million people in need, however, are virtually invisible to the international community because they are not represented by statistics. A third of the world’s births and two-thirds of the world’s deaths and their causes, for example, go unreported, and statistics about the number of people living in extreme poverty are out of date.
Technology and innovation are critical to enhancing data collection and analysis to the extent necessary to close the data gap. This is a time rich with opportunity to develop and harness new ways to use technology to capture and transfer data. From monitoring infectious diseases to supporting refugees along their journeys, a myriad of organizations are catching on to the power of data. Read More
Today, over 1.8 billion adults in developing countries still lack proof of identity. Without official ID, this population is unable to access essential services such as healthcare and social welfare benefits and exercise fundamental human rights like the right to vote and the right to education.
A new report from the World Bank and Accenture identifies a comprehensive strategy and implementation roadmap for developing nations seeking to build or expand citizen identity programs, regardless of a country’s level of technology infrastructure. The report, titled Identification for Development – Integration Approach (ID4D), shows that developing nations can reap the benefits of universal ID by gradually moving toward the use of standard requirements and by deploying interoperable technologies.