A lack of legal identification presents a serious problem for millions of children worldwide. One in four children under the age of five have never had their births registered, thereby lacking an ID and access to basic services such as health care and education. In the absence of legal recognition, these children can be forced into marriage and labor markets before a legal age, become victims of human trafficking, or end up trapped in a life of criminality. How can we create a future in which all children have access to this fundamental right?

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Current efforts to provide children with ID - where do they fall short?

XPRIZEXPRIZE Los Angeles, CaliforniaPosts: 122 admin
edited September 30 in Key Issues
Despite some level of success, existing efforts to provide children with legal identity are falling short. Why?

How can a potential prize competition or intervention overcome these shortcomings?

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Please share any ideas, thoughts, links, or examples you might have.

Comments

  • BryanNambaBryanNamba Posts: 19 XPRIZE
    edited September 30
    There are international organizations working on giving legal identification to children, especially initiatives focused on birth registrations. However, even with all of the initiatives the latest estimations put the number of children (under 18) without legal identity at 440 million. This is a huge number that has the potential to grow as more and more births go unrecorded.

    It would be great to hear any thoughts on what challenges these initiatives face and also on what are some of the success stories.
  • megXprizemegXprize Executive Accountant(Contributor) Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, NigeriaPosts: 37
    The national registration system is a good tool for this. That is for my country Nigeria, the National Identification card. As it provides a means of financial services if required.

    Effort should be improved on registering the people. Schools should be visited for registration. UN does this and should increase hands.
    Home-to-home visitation for this should be done.
    Village councils for rural areas should be inclusive.
    Churches, Musques should not be left out. And hospitals.
    Offices too.
  • BryanNambaBryanNamba Posts: 19 XPRIZE
    @megXprize Thanks for sharing some of your thoughts! Would a digital system improve the rates of registration as well? I would love to get your feedback on our newest thread focused on potential prize criteria!
  • megXprizemegXprize Executive Accountant(Contributor) Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, NigeriaPosts: 37
    Yes! The digital system is actually the needed instruments for a successful registration.
  • megXprizemegXprize Executive Accountant(Contributor) Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, NigeriaPosts: 37
    There should be no expiration date on the national ID. Also the staff should be well paid and on time. Worker should be assigned in all the areas, cities, towns, villages, remote areas, etc.
  • megXprizemegXprize Executive Accountant(Contributor) Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, NigeriaPosts: 37
    Announcements should be made on social media, churches, flyers, etc.
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