About the event
Aadhaar provides identification to more than 1.2 billion Indian residents. Its scale, ability to uniquely identify individuals, and digital interface make it a compelling identification platform. But these features also raise questions about privacy, data security, and exclusion. The current debate on Aadhaar has been mostly binary in nature: either Aadhaar should be jettisoned or scaled aggressively. However, the facts on the ground—as revealed by our three-state survey on Aadhaar — support a more nuanced approach. In this seminar, the State of Aadhaar team will focus on the policy recommendations emerging from the report’s findings, while aiming to answer two questions: Why is there a need to adopt these recommendations, and how the recommendation addresses these concerns. We would also like to use this time to solicit feedback on the proposed steps and brainstorm any additional ideas.
About the Speaker
Ronald Abraham is a Partner at IDinsight and leads their State of Aadhaar initiative, which seeks to provide a platform for data-driven discourse and policymaking in the Aadhaar ecosystem. He also leads IDinsight's unit at NITI Aayog supporting the Aspirational Districts initiative. Over the last 6 years, he has steered IDinsight’s growth in India. He has led evaluations and learning partnerships with governments and non-profits in education, nutrition, energy, and rural development. Previously, he worked with Pratham on the Annual Status of Education Report and as their lead for a statewide learning program in Punjab. Ronald holds a BA (Hons) in Economics from St Stephen’s College, Delhi University, and an MPA in International Development (MPA/ID) from the Harvard Kennedy School.
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