• 2024 Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Applied Research Training Initiative

    The CRVS applied research training (CART) initiative focuses on enhancing CRVS systems through supporting applied research on strategies, interventions, and tools. This involves designing projects to address practical questions, employing robust methodologies, and identifying key personnel for effective implementation and publication. The need to strengthen practitioners' research capacity is evident, as highlighted in the Asia-Pacific CRVS research forum held in 2023. 

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  • Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems Improvement Framework

    To meet the targets of the CRVS Decade, a Business Process Improvement approach can help improve and streamline Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) system. The CRVS Systems Improvement Framework help CRVS stakeholders assess, analyze and redesign, to improve user experience and produce timely vital statistics. 

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  • Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Inequality Assessments

    The Ministerial Declaration on CRVS in Asia and the Pacific emphasizes the need to address CRVS inequalities among hard-to-reach and marginalized populations, promoting universality and equity in civil registration regardless of factors such as gender, religion, or ethnicity. Countries are encouraged to conduct assessments to assess where such inequalities may exist.

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  • Asia-Pacific Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Research Forum

    The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) organized the first Asia-Pacific CRVS Research Forum which was held from 3-4 April 2023. Hosted by ESCAP in Bangkok, the fully online event offered a major research, information sharing, and capacity-building opportunity for participants. They were able to present at and attend paper presentations and interactive sessions, including networking opportunities.


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Results: Highlights and feedback

Highlights and feedback: 2023 Asia-Pacific CRVS Research Forum

This section provides details on feedback on the forum based on the evaluation responses submitted by the participants. 57 participants responded to the evaluation survey. Figures 4 to 6 show how satisfied the participants were with the overall organization of the forum. Figures 7 to 9 reflect participants’ views on the outcome and learning achieved through the forum, along with other comments and suggestions.

Results: About the Participants

Report on the results of the 2023 Asia-Pacific CRVS Research Forum

The 2023 Asia-Pacific Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) research forum was held as a virtual event from 3 to 4 April 2023 in seven sessions, which included 24 presentations under 5 research themes, 6 key-note speeches and 4 interactive sessions. It aimed to offer a major research, information sharing, capacity-building, and networking opportunity for participants who attended and presented at the forum.

Strengthening the Birth Registration System in Samoa

Birth registration is a fundamental right, recognized by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and often forms the basis for the achievement of many other rights, including, but not limited to, the right to health and the right to education. Birth registration and related information are also key in ensuring effective development planning which benefits all, especially in a country like Samoa which remains increasingly vulnerable to disasters.

CRVS Platforms: Key findings for practitioner

This publication is for international development practitioners, both in programme and ICT divisions, who wish to understand and implement digitalised civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) programmes. These findings highlight a selection of CRVS platforms. The platforms were selected after an extensive market survey of existing CRVS offerings. Conducted by UNICEF, the review assessed the functional and nonfunctional aspects, as well as maturity, of CRVS products. This publication is relevant to UN, government, and NGO actors.

UNDP Guide - Drafting Data Protection Legislation: A Study of Regional Frameworks

This guide is essential for UNDP Country Offices requested, by host governments, to assist in the development of data protection and privacy legislation. It analyses key themes and principles in data protection law and practice, via contrasting how all the the major themes in data protection and privacy law and institutional frameworks are addressed in the major regional data protection and privacy frameworks around the world, including, among others, the AU, OAS, EU, CARICOM and ASEAN.