ID2020 is proud to announce that Grameen Foundation, one of the world’s leading nonprofits using technology to alleviate poverty and hunger, has joined the ID2020 Alliance.
“Over the past 23 years, Grameen Foundation has demonstrated what we can accomplish when we empower women to help their families escape the cycle of poverty and hunger,” said ID2020 Executive Director, Dakota Gruener. “Given Grameen Foundation’s enthusiastic embrace of technology to enhance the delivery of financial and other development services, we are delighted to welcome them to the Alliance and look forward to collaborating with them as they continue to incorporate digital ID into their programs.”
Grameen Foundation was inspired and encouraged by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, the founder of Grameen Bank and a global leader in the fight against poverty. Rooted in the microfinance movement, Grameen Foundation works across Africa, Asia, the Americas, and the Middle East to extend financial and other services to the world’s poorest people.
Today, Grameen Foundation embraces a multidimensional approach to the complex problems of poverty, using technology to strengthen resilience and food security, increase incomes, enhance health, and build financial security.
Their work is guided by five principles:
· Give poor women a better way to manage their money.
· Give poor farmers a better way to grow crop income.
· Stay data-driven, evidence-based, and human-centered.
· Use digital as a tool, people will make the change.
· Design to be scalable and sustainable.
“We are pleased to join the ID2020 Alliance in support of its work toward ethical implementation of digital identity solutions,” said Steve Hollingworth, president and CEO of Grameen Foundation. “Grameen’s work has long been guided by the principle that digital technologies are our most promising path to empower the poor to break the cycle of poverty.”
We are excited to welcome the Grameen Foundation to the ID2020 Alliance.
Globally, one person in seven is unable to prove her identity through any recognized means. As a result, these individuals lack access to basic legal protections and social services, such as education and healthcare; are unable to participate fully as a citizen and voter; and are systematically excluded from the modern economy.
ID2020 is a global public-private partnership that harnesses the collective power of nonprofits, corporations, and governments to promote the adoption and ethical implementation of user-managed, privacy-protecting, and portable digital identity solutions.
By developing and applying rigorous technical standards to certify identity solutions, providing advisory services and implementing pilot programs, and advocating for the ethical implantation of digital ID, ID2020 is strengthening social and economic development globally. Alliance partners are committed to a future in which all of the world’s seven billion people can fully exercise their basic human rights and reap the benefits of economic empowerment and to protecting user privacy and ensuring that data is not commoditized.
About Grameen Foundation
Grameen Foundation is a global nonprofit whose mission is to enable the poor, especially women, to create a world without poverty and hunger. In collaboration with our partners, we harness the power of digital data to create tech-forward tools for self-sufficiency and deliver them through local Community Agent networks. The Grameen Foundation Model is transformational regardless of Internet access, smartphone ownership, or the ability to read.