Around the world, one in four children under the age of five remains unregistered at birth, limiting their access to essential services such as healthcare and education and increasing risks such as child labour and underage marriage. People who are unable to prove their identity are disenfranchised, and this lack of inclusion is something we are continuously working to change (SDG 10). In partnership with UNICEF and local governments, we developed and in 2016 launched an app to digitally register births using mobile technology. The aim was to provide official identities through digital birth registration for children living in areas with low registration rates, such as in parts of Pakistan and Myanmar.
In December 2021, Telenor Pakistan and UNICEF sustainably handed over the Digital Birth Registration (DBR) system to the Punjab and Sindh governments in Pakistan. The births of 2,516,181 children were registered overall in select districts of Punjab and Sindh. The local governments have now taken over the DBR project to scale it across the provinces, DBR will continue to serve as a case study on how technology and partnerships can create positive impact for societies Telenor operates in, and an inspiration to leverage technology for greater social good.
Read more about how we ran our Digital birth registration projects in Pakistan and Myanmar.