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Namibia Identity Management : System Analysis

FAMILY LAW RISKS BENEFIT ADVOCACY COURT MARRIED MEN PEOPLE VACCINATION INTERCOURSE CIVIL MARRIAGE CRIMINAL LEGITIMATION FAMILY STRUCTURE LAWS DISCRIMINATION HEALTH CARE DEATH PRIVACY LEGAL STATUS SANCTIONS HEALTH LEGAL POSITION OFFENDER CRIME CORRUPTION WILL AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PENSION REFUGEE STATUS PUBLIC HEALTH LIFE EXPECTANCY HOME KNOWLEDGE DISABILITIES COURTS COST EFFECTIVENESS MULTIPLE BIRTHS MATERNITY LEAVE LIFE EVENTS OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN OPPRESSION IMMUNIZATION DIVORCES PATIENTS PATIENT JUDGE INTERVENTION MARGINALIZATION DIVORCED WOMEN CASE LAW HEALTH INDICATORS MARRIAGES SOCIAL INSURANCE NURSES DOMICILE MIGRATION ADOPTION IMPRISONMENT LEGISLATION MARRIAGE SOCIAL SECURITY SEXUAL INTERCOURSE CHILD CUSTODY COMPENSATION BIRTH RATE PRISON EX-HUSBAND RESIDENCE MIGRANTS SEX DISCRIMINATION ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS MEDICAL TREATMENT CUSTODY UNEMPLOYMENT WORKERS AGED SOCIAL SERVICES CUSTOMARY LAW WOMAN FAMILY PENSIONS CRIMES DIVORCE GENDER HOMES OFFENCES PROPERTY REFUGEE DECISION MAKING CHILD PROTECTION REFUGEES NUTRITION ADOPTED CHILDREN MARITAL PROPERTY WORKSHOPS SICK LEAVE QUALITY CONTROL QUALITY OF LIFE INTERNET HUSBANDS INSURANCE POLICE OFFICER JUSTICE SEX HUMAN RIGHTS ILLEGITIMATE’ CHILD PREGNANT WOMEN CHILDREN RIGHT TO PRIVACY HUSBAND CLINICS CHILD LIBERTY ASYLUM EQUALITY PARTNERS ALS DISABILITY ADOPTIONS LAW MARITAL STATUS INTERNATIONAL LAW MARRIED WOMEN STRATEGY OFFENCE DESCENT REGISTRATION FAMILIES WOMEN INHERITANCE HOSPITALS CIVIL MARRIAGES BIRTH ATTENDANT FEMALE WIFE HEALTH SERVICES IMPLEMENTATION BENEFITS GENDER EQUALITY NURSING ADOPTIVE PARENTS STILLBIRTH ALCOHOLISM
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World Bank, Washington, DC
Africa | Namibia
2016-08-02T15:42:00Z | 2016-08-02T15:42:00Z | 2016-04

Namibia should be congratulated on their forward looking and energetic public sector because of the strategic vision of the leadership, as could be observed in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration (MHAI). MHAI is responsible for the technical and organizational infrastructureused to define, design, and administer the identity management system in Namibia.And from what could be observed there are systems and procedures in place to administer the registration of births and deaths and the linkage with the Namibian identification card. A complicating factor is the continued use of South West African (SWA) identity cards and the legacy register these represent. The fact that these have yet to be phased out represents both an administrative challenge which can delay identity verification processes, but also a security risk in that the issuance of the cards were based on standards that are different from today’s requirements for strong verification and authentication practices. The digital connectivity is a prerequisite for the interoperability of databases for the purpose of efficient deployment and use of electronic identification cards, and as such is a cornerstone of an identity management system. Namibia appears to be in a transitional phase with respect to putting in place the infrastructure needed for making their electronic governance vision a reality.Introducing an e-ID card has the potential to increase the effectiveness of both the public and the private sectors, and improve service delivery to citizens and residents alike. The proposal to Namibia is to consider a multi-stepapproach to identification cards by phasing out the SWA and the current national identity card, while phasing in an electronic identification card.A number of policy decisions are necessary to establish a legal, institutional and technical basis for a digitally integrated identity management system for Namibia. Namibia has already advanced with respect to defining thefoundations for linking services and systems, as well as thinking ahead with respect to the development and implementation of the same.

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