Doing good
is part of our DNA

Whether that be gifting our identity solutions to non-profits, keeping people safe online, giving staff paid days off to support causes they care about or assisting humanitarian organisations with identity needs in the developing world.

1.1 bn

People around the world unable to prove their identity.

1 in 2

Women in low income countries without an ID.


Children in the global south not registered at birth.


Digital Identity Toolkit

By helping citizens access social services they are entitled to, or by keeping people safe online, we know digital identities can be a force for good.

Yet many journalists, software developers, nonprofits and members of civil society struggle to understand what digital identity is, what it can be used for, and how they might benefit from having one.

Our Toolkit is designed to help everyone, everywhere find answers to these questions.

Digital Identity Toolkit

Fellowship Programme

We invite three individuals per year to apply for a Fellowship position. We request proposals for research, policy development or solutions development based on three or four key themes related to identity or digital identity. We’re looking for issues that merit further exposure, discussion, development or research.

Applicants may be based anywhere, though preference is given to those from the developing world. Fellows are supported with a generous one-year stipend and receive logistical and technical support from Yoti. Click below to read more about what we learnt from the 2019 Programme.

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Meet our 2019 Fellows

Our three 2019 Fellows will be focusing on issues of exclusion and human rights in South Africa, Argentina and India.

Tshepo Magoma

Tshepo Magoma

Digital Identity Fellow

Tshepo is an experienced researcher, strategist and innovator with a track record working in Africa’s small business and social enterprise sectors. He is particularly interested in the digitisation of the continent, and is a subject-matter expert in disruptive innovation.

Paz Bernaldo

Paz Bernaldo

Digital Identity Fellow

Paz is a Chilean development practitioner, researcher and activist focused on open science and technology, knowledge justice and locally-led development. Currently based in Argentina, she has worked for more than ten years in different countries and with a wide range of people – from low-income immigrants to powerful government officials.

Digital Identity Fellows
Subhashish Panigrahi

Subhashish Panigrahi

Digital Identity Fellow

Subhashish is a digital storyteller, researcher, documentary filmmaker and activist working towards digital freedom for marginalised communities. For almost a decade he has led community catalyst roles for nonprofits like Wikimedia Foundation, Mozilla, Internet Society and the Centre for Internet Society.

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Getting started with Yoti Keys

1. Add a photo and details

Use our tablet app to take someone's photo. Add their name and any other personal details.

2. Secure the data

Ask them to choose a 5 digit PIN to protect their data.

3. Give them their Yoti Key

Their details are added to their Yoti Key, which they can use to prove their identity.

Yoti Keys help people access







Our research

Digital identity is a relatively new discipline and there is still a lot to learn.

Research efforts have picked up over recent years, but many focus on the impact of national digital identity initiatives or the impact of specific technologies on target communities. We’re interested in researching digital identity from the bottom up.

What are the local motivations for adoption, what problems need to be solved and what are the key barriers and opportunities.

Find out more about our research below.

August 30, 2018

Digital identity in the last mile: grassroots research overview

We recently commissioned research to better understand digital identity needs in the developing world. Specifically, we wanted to understand how...

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July 24, 2018

Digital identity in the last mile: lessons from South East Asia

Here at Yoti, we believe in the benefits of digital identity for all. As we continue to ramp up our...

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July 17, 2018

Digital identity in the last mile: lessons from Africa

Here at Yoti, we believe in the benefits of a digital identity for all. As we continue to ramp up...

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Our Principles

Yoti is built on a strong set of principles that help us stay on track and develop in the right way.

Always act in the interest of our users

Our Guardian Council make sure we stay true to our principles. We’re also a part of the B Corp movement, meaning we consider the impact our decisions have on our users, employees, suppliers, partners and the environment.

Encourage personal data ownership

Personal data should be exactly that; personal. The individual should always decide which details they want to share and who with.

Enable privacy and anonymity

We believe people should only have to share the minimum information needed to get something done. For example, once someone has set up their Yoti, even we don’t need to see their personal details. So we don’t.
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Meet Ken Banks

Ken heads up social purpose at Yoti. He is an award-winning social entrepreneur, mobile technology and global development expert and author, a PopTech Fellow, a Tech Awards Laureate, an Ashoka Fellow and a National Geographic Emerging Explorer.

In 2013 he was nominated for the TED Prize and in 2018 he was appointed Visiting Fellow at the prestigious Judge Business School in Cambridge.

You can contact Ken here.

Meet our Guardians

Yoti Guardians are influential individuals who ensure that Yoti always seeks to do the right thing, and that we are transparent about what we are doing and why.

Renata Avila

Renata Avila

Humans Rights and Intellectual Property Lawyer

Renata is a human rights and intellectual property lawyer, and an outspoken advocate for freedom of expression, privacy, access to information and indigenous rights.

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Doc Searls

Doc Searls

Editor In Chief at Linux Journal

As one of the first people to recognise the transformative nature of the Internet, Doc has been active and public in the tech and digital space for more than three decades.

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Gavin Starks

Gavin Starks


Gavin is a serial entrepreneur who has 20+ years of experience creating data-driven businesses. He was Founding CEO of the Open Data Institute and an Advisory Board Member for DECODE, an EU programme focused on giving people ownership of their personal data.

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Fairer future blog

#MarginalizedAadhaar: Is Aadhaar a Tech Solution for a Socio-Economic Problem?

This is the fourth field diary entry from Subhashish, one of our Digital Identity Fellows. His year-long research project is...

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Identity theft in the Western Cape

This is the fourth field diary entry from Tshepo, one of our Yoti Digital Identity Fellows. His year-long research project...

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The personal cost of accessing Covid financial support in Argentina

This is the fourth field diary entry from Paz, one of our Digital Identity Fellows. Her year-long research project is focused...

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Innovation challenges

As technology continues to open opportunities for people everywhere to find solutions to global development problems, innovation challenges have become an increasingly popular way to gather new ideas.

We run targeted challenges, with an offer of cash prizes and technical support, to help local innovators develop solutions to identity-based problems identified in their own communities. Keep an eye out for news on our upcoming challenges.


Keeping you safe

Not only are we committed to providing an identity to those who need it, we also use our technology to help make the Internet a safer place. We have partnered with Yubo to protect millions of users online using our revolutionary age estimation technology, ensuring users are not underaged, or overaged when using their social network. 

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We're a certified B Corp

We’re also passionate about using our business as a force for good. We have been a certified B Corp since 2015, internationally awarded for our commitment to rigorous standards of social, environmental performance, accountability and transparency.

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