• 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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Vanuatu: First Vital Statistics Report based on civil registration record published

Vanuatu published its first vital statistics report based on administrative data. This report presents data and statistics on live births and deaths that occurred in Vanuatu between 2012 and 2014, drawn from civil registration and health records. This report is part of the commitments made by the Government of Vanuatu towards universal registration of births and deaths, legal identification, and production of vital statistics from registration records. The report was drafted by the Vanuatu Department of Health and Department of Statistics, namely Jimmy Tamkela Tomoyan, Social Statistics Officer, Department of Statistics, Rachel Takoa, Health Information System Manager, Department of Health, Lester Dingly, Health Information System Officer, Department of Health, and Vinau Sahe, Social Statistics Officer, Department of Statistics, with assistance from Gloria Mathenge and Karen Carter of SPC. Support from ESCAP was made as part of a project to strengthen the National Capacity in Producing and Disseminating Vital Statistics funded by the Bloomberg Philanthropies Data for Health Initiative.

CRVS Insight March 2018

Articles Philippines: 2018 Civil Registration Month Celebrations New World Bank publications on civil registration Events Seminar on National/International CRVS Best Practices,  09 April 2018, Islamabad, Pakistan Training of Trainers Workshop on CRVS eLearning Course, 10-19 April 2018, Windhoek, Namibia 74th Session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, 11-16 May 2018, Bangkok, Thailand *For other issues of the newsletter

New World Bank publications on civil registration

As part of the Identification for Development (ID4D) Initiative, the World Bank Group addresses technical aspects of civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) in four recent publications. 1. The Technology Landscape For Digital Identification: The report provides an overview of current and emerging technology trends in digital identity. An outline of the quickly evolving technology landscape is given, highlighting key benefits and challenges of current technology choices. 2. The Role of Digital Identification for Healthcare: The report stresses the importance of digital identification systems for effective delivery of health services and public health management. Selected examples of existent digital identification systems and their usage in healthcare are analyzed, and key considerations for future implementations are proposed. 3. Integrating Unique ID Numbers in Civil Registration: The report examines mechanisms for incorporating unique identification numbers in civil registration. Civil registration systems are reviewed and the necessary practical steps required to ensure that the identity of a person can be established and trusted certificates attesting civil status can be issued are outlined. 4. Incentives for Improving Birth Registration Coverages: Incentives for improving birth registration coverage rates are reviewed based on empirical literature and examples from Asia, Africa and Latin America. The report focuses on the effects of social transfer programs, such as cash transfers, in increasing birth registration coverage. The above publications are also available on the ID4D website.

Philippines: 2018 Civil Registration Month Celebrations

Every year since 1991 'February' is declared the Civil Registration Month (CRM) in the Philippines. For the month-long celebration, the Philippine Statistics Authority-Civil Registration Service (PSA-CRS) organizes together with the other nationwide PSA offices various activities. This year’s celebration focused on the continuous commitment of the PSA to deliver relevant and reliable statistics and efficient civil registration services to its clients and stakeholders. A wide range of activities were conducted during the month such as blood donations and CRVS Concepts and Procedures Training (CRVS 101) for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. A closing event with all stakeholders marked the end of the month's celebrations. The full report on all activities can be found here.


The following charts represent regional progress on the completion of each target specified under
GOAL 2 of the Regional Action Framework.

The data is presented as the number of countries. Total number of countries is 63.

Goal 2: All individuals are provided with legal documentation of civil registration of births, deaths and other vital events, as necessary, to claim identity, civil status and ensuing rights.

Making the Invisible Visible: CRVS as a basis to meeting the 2030 Gender agenda

The Centre of Excellence for CRVS Systems, International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is hosting a high-Level Panel (HLP) and technical consultations on gender and Civil Registration and Vital Statistics. The event will be held on the 26th of February 2018 at the IDRC in Ottawa, Canada. All sessions will be webcast live in English and French. The main objectives are: To inspire a global commitment to integrating gender issues in civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems. To showcase promising ideas, preliminary efforts and realistic opportunities to address gender issues in CRVS systems. To catalyze the conversation about sustainable solutions at the political, policy and programmatic levels for generating reliable, real time, disaggregated data to inform policies and programs for improved lives of all. This event will be divided into two components: The first component is a high-level panel that will aim to inspire a global commitment to integrating gender issues in Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) systems. The second component consist of technical meetings to discuss the status of the field, evaluate opportunities and challenges, and identify priority and actionable areas that could help strengthen CRVS systems to better capture the vital events of women and girls. By making the invisible visible – both in vital event registration and consequently at the policy level – efforts in this direction can help contribute to achieving gender equality goals.    

Information note: Using CRVS systems for electoral registration

This information note, developed by ESCAP with support from the Regional Steering Group for CRVS in Asia and the Pacific and other partners, highlights the connection between civil registration and voter registration. Civil registries can provide the most current data for voter lists, critical cost-savings for electoral management bodies, while supporting inclusiveness, accuracy and election legitimacy. Civil registry data is the most advantageous method of compiling voter registration data, and the best way that governments can ensure they are getting every voter in the picture.