The twin pillars of international cooperation on economic and financial order have recently been making positive statements about India’s UID project.
IMF: Direct cash through Aadhaar to save 0.5% of GDP for India (The New Indian Express)
World Bank chief: Aadhaar to help eradicate poverty (Business Standard)
Former Chief of Staff to President Clinton, John Podesta also goes on the record with Casey Dunning for the Guardian:
We can end poverty, but the methods might surprise you
New technologies mean that states can craft their programs to help specifically the most vulnerable populations, and that they can do so efficiently. The widespread use of mobile phones, analytics and biometric technology lets a country implement social safety nets with far greater speed and efficacy than previously imagined. The government of India was able to enroll 200 million people in a national biometric ID effort in less than two years, modernizing a vital system that provides the poorest of the poor with food assistance, education vouchers and job opportunities.
Throw in the Center for Global Development Lecture: Technology to Leapfrog Development, by UID chief Nandan Nilekani, and it looks like an emerging international development consensus is emerging around the idea of “ID as Development.”