A Community-Based Practitioner’s Guide: Documenting Citizenship and Other Forms of Legal Identity

July 02, 2018 - 10:39am

"Today, 1.1 billion people around the world lack legal identity documentation. Without it, they cannot vote, access healthcare, or go to school—and are at risk of becoming stateless. Entire communities—especially the poor and members of minority groups—may lack documentation, leaving them legally and politically invisible. The lack of effective citizenship prevents millions from realizing their rights and reaching their full potential.

Unfortunately, gaining access to legal identity documents can be difficult or even impossible. In theory, governments should provide documents to their citizens, but in reality the process is complicated by burdensome bureaucracies, high fees, distant offices, and even discriminatory officials."

To learn more about a new tool from the Open Society Foundations and Namati that addresses these challenges, click here.


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