Jaap van der Straaten: African countries struggle to build robust identity systems. But that may soon change, thanks to the awkward capture of The Economist? SSRN Electronic Journal 2020

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Jaap van der Straaten: African countries struggle to build robust identity systems. But that may soon change, thanks to the awkward capture of The Economist? SSRN Electronic Journal 2020
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21/08/2021 – 11:25

“Towards the end of 2019 a remarkable publication on identification systems in Africa was published in The Economist. The article contained a remarkable number of errors and erroneous claims, but also was so specific that its provenance and genesis were suspect. In an underhand, indirect way the article held the Indian Aadhaar system up as a good practice example, while depicting the development of identification systems in Africa as a struggle (if not a failure). “

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