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Alan Gelb, Senior Fellow and Director of Studies, Center for Global Development
Anit Mukherjee, Policy Fellow, Center for Global Development
Digital identification systems are spreading rapidly across the world. In conjunction with mobile technology and financial services, they are now an integral part of digital governance. Aadhaar, the world's largest biometric ID system, has registered 1.2 billion Indian residents achieving almost universal coverage of the adult population. Its scale, ability to uniquely identify individuals, and digital interface make it a compelling identification platform. But these same features also raise questions about privacy, data security, and exclusion.
Within Indian policy circles, the current debate on Aadhaar has been binary in nature: either Aadhaar should be jettisoned or scaled aggressively. However, the facts on the ground—as revealed by our three-state survey on Aadhaar, the largest to date—support a more nuanced approach. At this event, the lead authors of the State of Aadhaar report will share key insights from their team's primary research and facilitate a discussion on the policy implications of the report's findings, for India and the world.
Every year, more than 5 million women, children and adolescents die from preventable conditions, due to a significant financing gap for healthcare for women, children and adolescents, and inadequate incentives for provision and use of quality health services, among other factors. The Global Financing Facility (GFF) in support of Every Woman Every Child is a new approach to sustainable global health financing that is supporting countries’ approaches to financing and investing in the health of their people.
Many practitioners and researchers are grappling with how to better measure women’s and girls’ empowerment in impact evaluations. Which approaches to measuring a complex social outcome like decision-making power should we use, and can we improve on our existing models? When should we use internationally standardized survey questions and when is it better to develop locally tailored ones? Can non-survey instruments pick up useful information that surveys can’t, and when should we think about using them?
Five members of the Zimbabwe Working Group traveled to Harare May 20-25 to meet with the government, opposition leaders, and a wide range of business, religious, and civil society organizations to assess prospects for free and fair elections and for meaningful political and economic reform. Please join us to hear from the delegation as they share their findings and recommendations for US policy.