A new tech startup has set itself a massive task: to register all newborn babies digitally.
“It’s an African problem which nobody is interested in,” he adds.
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Children without an identity
In Burkina Faso, which has a population of nearly 17 million, 3 million children were unregistered at the latest census in 2006, with the majority living in rural areas.
“When not registered they have an increased chance of becoming stateless, which is clearly a big problem for refugees.”
Other tools being tested
“Getting your child registered for birth is often not high on the list of parents’ priorities when living in poverty, a long way from the registration center, ” Duffus says.
Big future plans
“The government is discussing the project with financial partners like UNICEF and the World Health Organization to get the money to put it in all regions of Burkina Faso.”
“We want to build this project across the continent.”