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Advancing E-governance for development: digital identification and its link to socio-economic inclusion

Advancing E-governance for development: digital identification and its link to socio-economic inclusion
Advancing E-governance for development: digital identification and its link to socio-economic inclusion
The literature on e-governance has highlighted the potential of ICTs to enable good governance and socioeconomic development by leveraging stakeholders and resources within and outside the government to address specific challenges. A significant challenge in many developing countries is the inability of large segments of the population—notably, the vulnerable poor—to receive and benefit from services or public provisions because they lack a means of formal identification. Various digital identity projects worldwide have attempted to address the problem through an umbrella approach dubbed identification for development (ID4D). However, little is known about how digital identity advances e-governance by enabling socioeconomic development through inclusion. This study examines the inclusion and developmental significance of digital identity by drawing on thematic analysis of secondary data from 40 published studies based on the empirical context of India’s Aadhaar—the world’s largest digital identity scheme which enables service delivery to over 1.2 billion people. From our analysis, we identify themes of digital identity and socioeconomic inclusion and develop a theoretical account of their relationship. The resulting framework contributes towards advancing e-governance for development by showing how digital identity might enable inclusion.
Aadhaar, Affordance, Capability approach, Digital identity, Entitlements, ID4D, Inclusion, Social protection, Socioeconomic development
0740-624X
Addo, Atta
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Senyo, PK
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Addo, Atta
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Senyo, PK
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Addo, Atta and Senyo, PK (2021) Advancing E-governance for development: digital identification and its link to socio-economic inclusion. Government Information Quarterly, 38 (2), [101568]. (doi:10.1016/j.giq.2021.101568).

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The literature on e-governance has highlighted the potential of ICTs to enable good governance and socioeconomic development by leveraging stakeholders and resources within and outside the government to address specific challenges. A significant challenge in many developing countries is the inability of large segments of the population—notably, the vulnerable poor—to receive and benefit from services or public provisions because they lack a means of formal identification. Various digital identity projects worldwide have attempted to address the problem through an umbrella approach dubbed identification for development (ID4D). However, little is known about how digital identity advances e-governance by enabling socioeconomic development through inclusion. This study examines the inclusion and developmental significance of digital identity by drawing on thematic analysis of secondary data from 40 published studies based on the empirical context of India’s Aadhaar—the world’s largest digital identity scheme which enables service delivery to over 1.2 billion people. From our analysis, we identify themes of digital identity and socioeconomic inclusion and develop a theoretical account of their relationship. The resulting framework contributes towards advancing e-governance for development by showing how digital identity might enable inclusion.

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Accepted/In Press date: 11 January 2021
e-pub ahead of print date: 23 January 2021
Keywords: Aadhaar, Affordance, Capability approach, Digital identity, Entitlements, ID4D, Inclusion, Social protection, Socioeconomic development

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Local EPrints ID: 446350
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/446350
ISSN: 0740-624X
PURE UUID: 5e1f4555-ea56-4d82-84c9-4ea824291384
ORCID for PK Senyo: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-7126-3826

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Date deposited: 05 Feb 2021 17:30
Last modified: 28 Apr 2022 02:29

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Author: Atta Addo
Author: PK Senyo ORCID iD

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