Committed to tech for good
At Yoti, social purpose isn’t an add on. It’s at the heart of everything we do.
From the moment we’re born, we all have the right to an identity
Our seventh ethical business principle is
‘Make Yoti available to everyone’
But to do so, we need to understand what identity means across the globe. Our social purpose team is dedicated to doing just that.
Our social purpose strategy is
driven by six main activities
An offline identity solution for the humanitarian sector
A flagship, identity-themed fellowship programme
A digital identity toolkit
A support programme for humanitarian, tech-focused startups
Research that helps further the development of our sector
A series of global innovation challenges
More about our social purpose activities
Offline identity solution Yoti Keys
The majority of digital identity solutions require technical know-how, expensive hardware or connectivity not available in many remote, last-mile locations where humanitarian needs are at their greatest.
Following a period of research, we are developing a simple, fully offline and open source identity solution for organisations working in challenging, last-mile locations.
Every year we offer three fully-funded scholarships to individuals passionate about researching the opportunities and challenges of digital identity in the Global South.
Applicants can be based anywhere, though preference is given to those from under-developed regions. Fellows are supported with a generous stipend and receive logistical and technical support from Yoti.
Digital Identity Toolkit
We know digital identities can be a force for good, whether that’s helping citizens access social services they are entitled to or by keeping people safe online.
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.
Humanitarian Tech Support Programme
Our Humanitarian Tech Support Programme is designed to support tech-focused startups working to solve global humanitarian problems.
We are working closely with Programme partners to fill in any skill gaps, helping them to better understand the human, technical and environmental context of their work. We are also helping with the design, testing and deployment of their solutions.
Research from the field
Research efforts in recent years have mainly focussed 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.
We want to know what the local motivations are for adoption, what problems need to be solved and what are the key barriers and opportunities.
Global innovation challenges
Technology continues to open opportunities for people everywhere to find solutions to global development problems. Innovation challenges have become an increasingly popular way to share these new ideas.
In March 2021, we launched our first initiative, an African Conservation Challenge, which explores the potential for digital identity to help foster dignified, authentic, trusted debate around Southern African conservation issues.
Internal social purpose initiatives
Free for charities
We gift our digital identity solutions to registered nonprofits and socially-focussed organisations around the world.
Everyone at Yoti gets five days a year for either personal development or to support charitable causes that they care about.
We make our central London meeting space available to UK charities for small gatherings and events. Snacks and refreshments included!
Head of Social Purpose
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.
To find out more about Yoti’s social purpose efforts, get in touch with Ken here.