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Around 2 billion people, mainly in developing countries, have no legal form of identity. This includes more than 600 million children who were never
registered at birth. Such basic disenfranchisement is a major obstacle to development CGD senior fellowAlan Gelb’s work on the use of new biometric and other technologies for identification (ID) helped the World Bank launch of an
entirely new program of lending, assistance, and research called ID4D, which takes an
integrated view of the role of ID in development. Target 16.9 of the Sustainable Development Goals calls for universal identification by 2030, but in this paper Gelb and co-author Mariana Dahan of the World
Bank highlight at least 10 more SDG targets for which identification is a key component. CGD’s ongoing expertise in this area is helping shape best
practices in numerous applications including elections, financial inclusion, and discouraging child trafficking. Gelb is also on the advisory board of a
new initiative, ID4Africa, which enables countries to learn from each other and to better understand the range
of choices presented by ID systems and technology.
Restructuring the Asian Development Bank
In 2015 the Asian Development Bank announced a merger of its loan and grant funds, allowing it to increase
its lending and grant capacity to as much as $20 billion. This followed a formal independent assessment of the proposal at the request of the bank’s donors
by CGD’s Nancy Birdsall, Scott Morris, andEnrique Rueda-Sabater. Read about the restructuring and why it provides an important launch
point for further innovations and much-needed flexibility to the multilateral development bank model.