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ID2020 is a nonprofit public-private partnership committed to improving lives through digital identity[1].

An estimated 1.1 billion people[2], including many millions of children, women and refugees, globally lack any form of officially recognized identification. Without an identity, individuals are often invisible – unable to vote, access healthcare, open a bank account, or receive an education – and bear higher risk for trafficking. Without accurate population data, public and private organizations struggle to broadly and accurately deliver the most basic human services.

In 2017, ID2020 established an alliance to bring together governments, public and private sector organizations, including Accenture, Microsoft, Mercy Corps, Hyperledger, and UNICC. The alliance model enables a synchronized approach to digital identity initiatives by enabling diverse stakeholders to work collaboratively and by coordinating funding to support high-impact projects.

ID2020’s mission supports the UN Sustainable Development Goal Target 16.9[3]. which aims to provide legal identity for all, including birth registration, by 2030. As proof of one’s identity is a prerequisite to social and economic inclusion in the modern world, an identity must be broadly recognized by both the public- and private-sector organizations with which an individual may interact.

ID2020 principles for identity focus on protecting the individual and giving the individual control over their own identity and associated data. These principles apply to any project ID2020 may undertake.

  1. Personal: Unique to you and you only
  2. Persistent: Lives with you from birth to death
  3. Private: Only you can give permission to use data
  4. Portable: Accessible anywhere you happen to be


ID2020 was launched in 2014 by John Edge, a social entrepreneur specializing in financial technology and digital identity.

ID2020’s initial funding came from The Rockefeller Foundation, with further support provided by Accenture.


  1. ^ Refugees, United Nations High Commissioner for. "Opening statement at the 68th session of the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner's Programme". UNHCR. Retrieved 2017-11-28.
  2. ^ "Identification for Development Global Dataset | Data". Retrieved 2017-11-28.
  3. ^ "Peace, justice and strong institutions - United Nations Sustainable Development". United Nations Sustainable Development. Retrieved 2017-11-28.