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Kyle Navis was a policy analyst at the Center for Global Development focusing on the use of biometric identification for development and supporting the work of Alan Gelb and Nancy Birdsall. Before joining CGD, Navis did economic research for the City of San Diego, managed a peacebuilding program in Bolivia, and taught middle school science in Philadelphia with Teach For America. Navis holds an MA in international affairs from UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy and a BA in Peace Studies from Whitworth University.
As governments across the globe begin to use direct transfers to get money to citizens unable to work, a new report from the Center for Global Development finds that just 56% of citizens across 99 developing countries have access to a phone, a bank account, and an ID. Those three things, the researchers find, are the building blocks for the successful rollout of digital government transfers, from emergency cash transfers in a pandemic to everyday government programs like pensions and food subsidies.
The state of Andhra Pradesh is recognized as a leader in using technology to improve the delivery of public services, programs and subsidies. This paper reports on research to better understand the functioning and effectiveness of its reforms to strengthen state capacity by digitalizing service delivery.