ID4Africa adds UNICEF official to advisors board
12 September 2018 19:41 GMT

ID4Africa, the ID-4-All Movement that accompanies African nations in their adoption of robust and responsible identity systems in the service of development, has announced the addition of Cornelius Williams, associate director and global chief of child protection at UNICEF, as the newest member of the ID4Africa Advisory Board.

Williams joins a board which includes Robert Palacios, global thematic group leader at the World Bank; Niall McCann, lead electoral advisor at the UNDP;  Samatar Omar Elmi, senior ICT officer at the African Development Bank; and  Alan Gelb, senior fellow at the Center for Global Development. 

Williams brings to the Board over 25 years of extensive experience in managing child protection programs in Western, Eastern and Southern Africa with UNICEF and Save the Children.

Williams said “In joining the Board I see my role as one that will ensure that children in Africa are central to the ID4Africa agenda.” He further added, “My commitment is to see every child in every African nation receive their fundamental right to have a legal identity from birth. A birth certificate - as proof of legal identity - is critical to ensuring that children are recognized before the law and can exercise their rights. "