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According to the World Bank Development Indicators, more than 3 billion people live on less than 2.5 USD a day, reflecting staggering statistics on mortality, morbidity, and vulnerability. Furthermore, two-thirds of the ‘extreme poverty’ population lives in rural areas, where the lack of communications and telecom infrastructures prevail.

Governments recognize the negative long-term effects tied to income inequality and make a great effort to put in place social programs designed to substantially improve the poorest segments of the population. Those that have little to no income, no ID registration, or a bank account are at the greatest risk as they are unable to receive any government benefits they’re entitled to.

The greatest challenge stems from identifying these “qualified beneficiaries”. Governments know benefits are owed to their citizens, but how can they properly distribute safety nets without secure identification?

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Maria Sylvia Riquezes

Specialist @ Technology 4 Solutions & ReaXium

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