The material was presented by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) at the First Government Forum on Electronic Identity in Africa, organized in Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania on 2-4 June 2015.
The event is organized by the Organization of American States, UNICEF, the Inter-American Development Bank, Plan International and Mexico’s National Register of Population and Personal Identification. Global experts, civil registry authorities from 26 countries, as well as members of the civil society will participate in the event and analyze strategies to achieve universal birth registration in the Americas by 2030, innovations in births registration, and the link between birth registration and access to social services among other subjects.
In this Series paper, the authors examine whether well functioning civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems are associated with improved population health outcomes. They present a conceptual model connecting CRVS to wellbeing, and describe an ecological association between CRVS and health outcomes. The conceptual model posits that the legal identity that civil registration provides to individuals is key to access entitlements and services. Vital statistics produced by CRVS systems provide essential information for public health policy and prevention.
An effective Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) system helps secure a person’s legal identity, tracks the major events of an individual’s life such as; birth, adoption, marriage, divorce, death, and cause of death, and is essential for planning, measuring and monitoring progress of development. In the past few years, several initiatives have been underway to harness the potential of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to strengthen CRVS.
UNICEF, UNHCR, UNESCAP, Plan International, and WHO, in collaboration the CRVS Regional Steering Group and other partners, hosted the Asia-Pacific Civil Registrars Meeting. The main objectives of the meeting were to:
• Agree on the formulation of the proposed Asia-Pacific Civil Registrars’ Network and the objectives, principals, roles, modalities and structure
• Present good practices, pilots and promising innovations at national level, and provide guidance on how to most effectively manage and scale up innovations to strengthen CRVS systems
As a first step in assisting its client countries to close this identity gap, the World Bank Group’s ID4D initiative conducts Identity Management Systems Analyses (IMSAs) to evaluate countries’ identity ecosystems and facilitate collaboration with governments for future work. To date, analyses have been conducted in 17 African countries. Overall, these analyses reveal a wide range of identity system types and levels of development. Some countries have systems that are relatively advanced in terms of coverage, robustness, integration, and utility.
This publication provides a brief sketch of foundational ID systems in 48 African countries, giving valuable information on the state of birth registration and national ID systems in each country.
The government's identity card proposals have far-reaching implications. The creation of a nation-wide population database on such a scale and with such complexity has rarely been attempted anywhere in the world. It is not surprising, therefore, that the proposals have sparked a lively debate throughout British society. The Government asserts that its version of a national identity system offers the potential to combat the threat of terrorism, identity fraud and illegal working.
United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), in cooperation with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is organizing a Technical Seminar on Legal Framework for Civil Registration, Vital Statistics and Identity Management Systems. The seminar will take place in Manila, Philippines, from 17 to 19 July 2017 and will be conducted in English.
Many Pacific Island countries and territories are unable to get accurate counts of birth, death and causes of death information. This lack of information affects local health and community planning, funding and priority planning and ability to access aid investment. Many people are born in one country but die in another place. The original birth and death certificates are generally issued in the country of occurrence, so the records are often not registered in their home island, country or territory.
This report presents, for the first time, comprehensive, global data about these children – where they are born, where they move, and some of the dangers they face along the way. The report sheds light on the truly global nature of childhood migration and displacement, highlighting the major challenges faced by child migrants and refugees in every region.
The National Strategic Plan aims to achieve a long-term vision for Cambodia — that every person has a legal identity. This will require building a modern, permanent, universal civil registration system (CRVS) that will generate reliable vital statistics and an integrated population identification system (IPIS). Building these systems will eliminate the necessity to develop parallel systems for population identification, thus ensuring the efficient use of resources. Cambodia is currently looking to revise their legislation related to CRVS and would welcome advice on this matter.
In Indonesia, the Plan International Birth Registration Innovation Team is working with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) to identify ways to increase the coverage of birth certificates in Indonesia. This collaboration began in 2015 and this newly published Roadmap for Cooperation outlines possible areas of engagement with MoHA and other partners in Indonesia.
This publication presents the findings of an Asian Dvelopment Bank multi-country study on legal identity. Based on extensive field research conducted in Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Nepal, the study assesses the potential and actual value of legal identity, given the realities of the developing country context.
A Joint Presentation of Philippine Statistics Authority (PIA) and Initiatives for Dialogue and Empowerment through Alternative Legal Services (IDEALS).
Having a birth certificate is a key to citizenship. Most people born in this country take it for granted that they can prove they are Australian and lawful citizens by producing their birth certificate. But a number of Australians — predominantly Indigenous people and those from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities — miss out on the benefits of citizenship and struggle to fully participate in society because their birth has never been registered, or if it was, they cannot produce a birth certificate to prove it.
The objective of this publication is to analyze the legal, administrative, and technological requirements for the use of information and communications technology (ICT) for birth registration. The intended audience includes civil registry agencies or those countries that are considering the introduction of ICT, as well as those that already have the system in place.
The Asian and Pacific Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Decade 2015- 2024 was proclaimed at the Ministerial Conference on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and Pacific, held in Bangkok in November 2014. This poster illustrates the three goals and 15 targets of the Regional Action Framework on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific, which was one of the key outcomes of the Conference. (Poster: © UN ESCAP 2014)
This dictionary aims to broaden the understanding of the concepts and terms pertaining to civil registration and identification, and thus contribute in a small way to accurate and concise communication in this area. This dictionary is an attempt to develop a common understanding of existing terminology and terms that have not been described anywhere else by combining them all in one document.
This paper presents the findings of a case study of civil registration and vital statistics systems in three provinces in Viet Nam. The assessment framework used explores administrative, technical and societal issues that influence civil registration systems to critically examine the current availability and adequacy of the data that the system records.
In this series of articles, the role of universal civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems is examined as an essential tool for good governance and inclusive development. In the first article in the series, the case is made for investing in CRVS systems; the current situation in countries in the region is described, and the emergence and development of regional collaboration on CRVS is summarized. In the second article, the actions taken in specific countries to strengthen their CRVS systems are highlighted, and the lessons learned are described, with several innovative approaches being showcased. The third article contains a description of the relationships between CRVS systems (civil registration and population databases in particular), legal identity, the realization of human rights and access to basic social protection, using country examples from the Asia-Pacific region for these purposes. In the fourth and final article, the importance of building a sound evidence base for efforts to improve CRVS is highlighted, and a framework for prioritizing research activities is proposed.
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