Like many people, Faustina had not initially realised the importance of having an ID. Yet it is an indispensable foundation for the political, economic, and social systems of any country. Voting, opening a bank account, registering for health insurance, receiving social assistance payments, applying for a job, and enrolling in education all require some form of identification. This fundamental requirement for basic rights is currently inaccessible to more than 850 million people who currently have no officially recognised ID, according to World Bank estimates. In line with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal of providing all people with a legal identity, HSB Identification contributes to this goal through the creation of digital identities.
HSB Identification mainly works with African governments and NGOs, creating digital identities using personal and biometric data, such as photos and fingerprints. This enables people to be compared and identified and ensures a database with only unique IDs. These extensive projects involve producing software for biometric registration solutions, delivering hardware products, and training people to use the systems, thereby creating (temporary) local jobs. Being active in ten African countries, HSB Identification has facilitated refugee registration in East Africa, national democratic elections in Chad, and family food distribution in Sudan. According to HSB Identification CEO Marcel Boogaard, “There is a huge market in Africa for information and communication technology (ICT) because Africa is more receptive to new developments. They tend to skip steps, giving them a lead in ICT compared to European markets.” An example is