Malawi National ID

This country of 18.6M individuals known for its emerging wildlife, kind people, and as the “warm heart of Africa” needed digital identity solutions for its people. A significant challenge faced Malawi in 2017: the need for biometric National ID cards which would be the first time its citizens would receive National ID cards. 

Using Laxton, Malawi established a biometric national ID system at breakneck speed.
Tariq Malik
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Identity solution for the 1st National ID card for Malawians

Following project specifications and guidelines from the UNDP, we developed a Central Biometric Record Management System (CRMS) and Data Collection Centre with a customized software interface for Malawi. This allowed for the accurate consolidation of new data to securely be added into the existing National Registration and Identification System (NRIS), and ensured continuous registration. 

Our multi-functional biometric registration kit solution ensured that all requirements were met, and they used both battery and solar power systems so there was no downtime during registration.  Nearly 70% of the kits were powered by our solar systems and these were often used instances where there was no access to electricity or a generator.

6 Months

Malawi issued 9 Million national ID’s. Our team was able to work with the NRB to meet a tight timeline so millions could be reached, and to catch Malawi up to having a sustainable national registry and identification system in the SADC

First Time for millions of Malawians to have a legal digital identity

For us, this takes us even closer to having a world where everyone has confirmed access to digital identity.

Solar powered

Unique solution for uninterrupted registration in rural areas. Combined battery and solar power solution w majority of the power supply for the registration equipment coming from solar power.

Mobile solution

Bringing digital identity to the people. Focusing on the millions of people that needed to be reached, our backpack kits matched with our intricate coordination plan brought our solutions to people all across Malawi.

After 4 years we continue to work together

We also worked in-country and provided support including the training of the NRB officers. The program was successfully rolled out in only 6 months resulting in the citizens of Malawi receiving a National ID card for the first time in the country’s history.

The sustainable approach presented by the Malawian officials we were working with allowed us to have multi-purpose for our kits and in addition, we adjusted them to include biometric voter registration hardware and software. 

Of note: we are delighted to report that after 4 years, our kits are still prominent in the registering of people in different locations across the country.