In the small town of Badin, in Pakistan’s Sindh province, Jeet’s parents are filled with hopes and dreams for their children. They want schooling, health care and prosperity for them. When Jeet grows up their wish for him is that he finds a job where he helps others, maybe as a doctor or a lawyer. All of which is impossible without having a registered identity.
The Digital Birth Registration tool is created by Telenor Pakistan, together with its partners Unicef and local governments in Punjab and Sindh provinces. During the pilot phase alone, birth registration in Pakistan increased from 30 to 90% in just 6 months; nearly 50% of the registered children were girls. Scale-up is now under way and the system has registered more than 21,000 children. The ambition is to register 700,000 children in 2018 covering a total of 9 districts in Punjab and Sindh provinces.
When Jeet and other children are registered, they are more likely to gain access to education, healthcare and the very foundation on which all that is built: official membership in the community.