(First Togo) — As Togo continues to develop a unique identification number for citizens, Togo is also exploring ways to use this technological innovation to improve its fight against poverty, such as through the Novissi program supported by US NGO GiveDirectly.
In doing so, the National Identification Agency (ANID-TOGO) will forge a partnership with Innovation Against Poverty (IPA), which uses data to offer innovative solutions to the world’s poverty. This partnership was the subject of discussion yesterday Monday, May 9, 2022, during the presidential audience in Lome, as indicated by the President of Togo.
On this occasion, Head of State Fauré Essozimna Gnassingbé received Annie Duflo, Executive Director of the IPA, at an audience. The latter presented to the Togolese leader the actions of its structure, its interventions in different countries and what it can bring to Togo in the fight against poverty.
“It was a great honor and great pleasure for me to have a discussion with the President of the Republic. Our mission is to build a partnership to support the National Agency for Identification (ANID) in developing a social registry and using data and evidence to assist decision making,” she said at the end of this hearing.
According to the President of Togo, once established, the partnership between the two institutions will enable the country to use innovative methods to fight poverty, drawing on the IPA’s experience in this area.
The IPA, which is working in several countries to support them in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of their public policies, should in particular establish a joint laboratory within ANID to train Togolese groups.
As a reminder, ANID is the operational arm of the e-ID Togo project, which aims to provide all individuals in Togo with a Unique Identification Number (NIU). The government’s initiative is supported, in particular, by the World Bank under the WURI program.
Ayi Renault Dossavi