• 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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The CRVS community in Asia and the Pacific has reflected on where it stands at the midpoint of the CRVS Decade (2015-2024) during the Second Ministerial Conference. Following this celebration of progress, many of our partners and member countries are leading actions to fill the remaining gaps.

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Training course on civil registration and vital statistics systems

The International Statistics Program has developed a training course CRVS systems to provide information to epidemiologists, statisticians, demographers, and others working in public health about vital statistics data gathered from a national civil registration system. Even though CRVS systems may differ somewhat from country to country, there are internationally accepted principles and recommendations for national CRVS systems.

Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Legal and Regulatory Review: Tool and Methodology

This toolkit provides a guide for analysing existing CRVS laws to identify legal obstacles and opportunities. Even though CRVS systems should serve the same principal functions, every country has different approaches based on its legal structure, history, and culture. Countries also differ in their CRVS organization, implementation, processes, scale, partners, and capacities. This toolkit attempts to provide a standardized methodology to capture and evaluate this range of approaches and needs.

CRVS eLearning Course (World bank and other partners)

The CRVS eLearning course comprises 13 technical modules that aim to train policy-makers, public and civil servants, researchers, development practitioners and civil society organizations using practical tools and approaches to building and maintaining CRVS systems that are linked to identity management systems and tailored to local contexts. The World Bank Group coordinated the development of the eLearning course, with contributions from partners including CDC, UNICEF, UNFPA, WHO and D4H.

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Handbook on civil registration and vital statistics systems: management, operations, maintenance

This handbook offers specifications and practical examples for the improvement and/or establishment of civil registration, vital statistics and identity management systems. It presents model organizational and legal arrangements, as well as ideal descriptions, processes and protocols that are considered the gold standard.

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Ten CRVS Milestones

The Ten CRVS Milestones framework has been developed to help policy-makers, managers and other CRVS stakeholders understand CRVS systems, capturing complexity by focusing on the 10 milestones that must be achieved in any CRVS system. Each milestone summarizes the actions that community, local and national stakeholders must take to ensure that every birth or death is officially registered and included in country vital statistics systems.

Access to the document here