// Welcome to ID4Africa
ID4Africa was motivated by the need to change the current situation with identification systems in Africa, where large segments of the population suffer from lack of robust and accessible IDs. In many cases they are not documented in the civil registers and as adults they do not hold identity credentials that enable them to exercise their rights and participate in society. As a consequence they remain in the shadows excluded, burdened and unable to benefit from the fruits of development.
// The driver of change
ID4Africa was conceived as a movement to promote the responsible adoption of digital identity systems as drivers of socioeconomic development. It was designed as a forum to allow African nations to compare experiences, share knowledge and pool resources to build capacity related to developing identity systems. It is a movement of empowerment where Africa would take matters into its own hands and would dictate how it will respond to its identification needs.
// Birth of a movement
ID4Africa called for an annual meeting to set the agenda year after year. The National Identification Authority (NIDA) of Tanzania hosted the inaugural event on June 2-4, 2015 in Dar es Salaam. Africa united; 27 African countries sent official delegations to participate in the dialogue. It was a sensational success of truly historic significance, bringing together over 310 regional and international stakeholders focused on digital identity and its application in Africa. This inaugural event set the foundation for the annual events to follow, with the second one scheduled for May 24-26, 2016 in Kigali Rwanda.