The World Bank’s Mission Billion Challenge is seeking innovative solutions to increase inclusion and access to digital platforms such as identification systems. This challenge will crowdsource solutions to make ID systems more accessible and responsive to the needs of vulnerable persons, such as informal workers, particularly at a time when countries seek to leverage digital technologies and platforms to shift services to online channels and deliver cash relief to persons affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Global Prize is seeking solutions that address these specific needs:
How can countries ensure that everyone—especially vulnerable groups—are able to apply/register for an ID in a way that protects people’s health and the integrity of the ID system?
How can countries ensure that digital authentication mechanisms—which often require smartphones, computers and/or internet access—are accessible and user-friendly for marginalized and vulnerable populations to facilitate remote access to services and benefits?
The Mission Billion Challenge will consider solutions at all stages of development:
Idea: A plan or concept by an individual or organization.
Prototype: An individual or organization building and testing a product, service, or model.
Pilot: An individual or organization deploying a tested product, service, or model in at least one location.
Growth: An individual or organization with an established product, service or model rolled out, which is poised for further growth in multiple locations.
Scale: An individual or organization working in several locations and that is looking to scale significantly, focusing on increased efficiency.
Opportunity focus area:
Computer Science and IT
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