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More than 1.1 bn ‘invisible people’ lack identification

More than 1.1 billion people worldwide officially don't exist -- going about their daily lives without proof of identity. The issue leaves a significant fraction of the global population deprived of health and education services. Among these "invisible people" -- many of whom live primarily in Africa and Asia -- more than one third are children susceptible to violence whose births have not been registered, the World Bank's "Identification for Development" (ID4D) program recently warned. The problem is particularly…

World Bank: 1.1 bn people ‘invisible’, lacking official identity

WASHINGTON: Over 1.1 billion people mainly in Asia and Africa lack official proof of identity that would get them access to public health care, education and finance, according to the World Bank. More than a third of these "invisible" people are children, the Bank said in a report issued for its annual meeting in Washington this week. That is particularly hard on groups of people forcibly displaced by unrest and disasters. To address the problem, the World Bank has launched its ID4D program to expand digital…