Digital Identity Research Initiative (DIRI)

DIRI is a targeted and multidisciplinary research initiative to explore key questions around digital identity systems with a focus on Aadhaar. It was launched on July 5, 2017 in collaboration with Omidyar Network.

India has the world’s largest biometric enabled digital identity system in use and in its present form, Aadhaar presents unique challenges as well as represents enormous potential to address existing challenges of democratic governance, economic development, social justice, and environment sustainability, with deep implications for India and the world. The Government of India has been working on making Aadhaar an integral part of welfare programmes to achieve efficiency and effectiveness. The private sector applications have enabled new business models with the objective of inclusive growth and increased efficiency in benefit transfers. 

The Digital Identity Research Initiative has three goals:
  • Production of high quality and timely research on digital identity, with a focus on Aadhaar, to address critical knowledge gaps
  • Targeted engagement with relevant stakeholders to ensure that research results can inform policy and strategy decisions, while the findings are effectively disseminated to ensure easy and wider access
  • Build a global research ecosystem for Digital Identity, with a focus on India