• 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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Knowledge Briefs on Gender and CRVS

The Centre of Excellence (COE) for CRVS Systems, in partnership with Open Data Watch, recently launched a knowledge brief series aiming to uncover gender bias and barriers, share case studies and emerging findings, as well as recommend priority areas and solutions. This series provides support for CRVS stakeholders by inspiring action and promoting the adoption of good practices. It builds upon the outcomes of the COE event, Making the Invisible Visible: CRVS as a Basis to Meeting the 2030 Gender Agenda, as well as a side event at the United Nations World Data Forum in October 2018 entitled, Civil Registration as a Tool for Women’s Empowerment. Ultimately, the series will produce 12 separate papers across 3 substantive areas. The papers will be authored by experts in the field and published on a quarterly basis in 2019. Themes and topics will include gender data gaps, social protection, legal frameworks, and the protection of the rights of women and girls.

Workshop on Transforming CRVS Systems through the Business Process Improvement Approach

Between 28 - 30 January, in Bangkok, Thailand, Vital Strategies and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) organized a workshop for stakeholders responsible for the CRVS and digital ID ecosystem. The workshop, facilitated by a world-leading expert on BPI for CRVS systems, allowed facilitators to present and share a business process improvement approach to CRVS systems transformation, share experiences from applying the approach in other countries, as well as provide participants an initial, hands-on experience with the tools used for Business Process Improvement and introduce them to the Vital Strategies’ developed CRVS legal review tool and its relationship to the implementation of the BPI approach. For accessing the workshop's resources please visit http://www.getinthepicture.org/resource/resources-workshop-transforming-....

First Workshop of the Project to Strengthen National Capacities in Producing and Disseminating Vital Statistics from Civil Registration Records, Phase II

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), with support from the Bloomberg Data for Health Initiative (D4H), is holding the first workshop of the Project to improve the capacity of national Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) systems in producing and disseminating vital statistics. The Project supports the implementation of the Regional Action Framework on CRVS in Asia and the Pacific, in particular Goal 3 which stipulates that accurate, complete and timely vital statistics (including on causes of death) are produced, based on registration records, and disseminated. This multi-phased Project consists of two, sequential training workshops between January and March 2019 and will lead the participating countries in creating a complete, national vital statistics report. Resources can be accessed by following the link below. https://www.getinthepicture.org/resource/phase-ii-first-workshop-project...

CRVS Insight January 2019


  • Vital Statistics Report writing worshop
  • Looking at the numbers in Niue
  • ID4D's mission billion challenge
  • Call for inclusion in the CRVS Directory of Experts 


  • Workshop on effective in Public Health journalism, 29-31 January, Bangkok
  • Workshop on CRVS Business process improvement, 28-30 January, Bangkok
  • Call for papers: 7th Seminar on Asia and the Pacific Economies, 31 May- 1 June


  • The role of digital application in agriculture

Pakistan International Summit on CRVS

Pakistan International Summit on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) was organized on November 28 - 29, 2018 in Islamabad. The summit was inaugurated by Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Planning, Development and Reform, Ms. Kanwal Shauzab. Participation was drawn from representatives from multiple Federal Ministries and Provincial Departments of Health, Planning, Local Governments, Law and Justice, Information Technology, National Registration Authority (NADRA) and development agencies. CRVS experts from International Partner Agencies mainly UNICEF, WB, DFID and WHO, universities and research organizations were also participated to share their experiences The summit was also attended by delegates of Maldives, Srilanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Speaking on the occasion honorable Parliamentary Secretary said that civil Registration and Vital Statistics is a comprehensive mechanism of collecting information on the frequency of occurrence of specified and defined vital events and no other system has such a potential of data collection from grass root level. She said that the Government of Pakistan recognizes that long term implementation of CRVS system is crucial for any society that aspires to have a meaningful impact on the lives of its people.  It was realized that collective efforts of all government departments, private sectors, civil society and academia are required for the successful implementation of National CRVS Program. Modalities need to be worked out to improve inter-sectoral coordination and its legal dimensions. She also lauded the role of Technical Support Unit of CRVS and development partners for organizing the event of this magnitude. This would undoubtedly open new avenues with all the partners and provincial governments. Dr Asma Hyder, Member Social Sector and Devolution at Planning Commission of Pakistan said that her Ministry under the dynamic visionary leadership of new government and its team is working with Civil society and non-governmental organizations in raising community awareness on significance of development of civil registration system. The summit is expected to accelerate the efforts of governments and development partners to ensure that by 2025, all the citizens in the country benefit from universal and responsive CRVS systems. It is hoped that in near future CRVS Pakistan would become at par with other nations, offering universal civil registration coverage to all individuals. This would also provide legal documentation to claim identity and ensuring rights. In addition, it would offer valuable set of vital statistics for planning, development and decision-making. Ministry of Planning Development & Reform also hosted a meeting of Civil Registrars of eight countries from South Asia (CR8) in collaboration with UNICEF on November 30, 2018 in Islamabad. The prime objective of the meeting was to boost the CR8 network and provide inputs to make it efficient, understand CR systems of the eight countries from South Asia to find common grounds for working together. This high-level regional meeting was attended by technical participants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh (online), Maldives, Pakistan. Whereas participants from Nepal, Sri Lanka were also present at the meeting. Observers such as senior managers and heads of international agencies also attended the meeting.

Maldives Stakeholder Workshop

A two-day consultative stakeholder workshop on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics was held in the Maldives between 14 – 16 December 2018. The main objective was to investigate the different systems that record vital events in the country and how the systems can be centrally integrated to address the challenges faced in the Central VRS database. The deliberations went for two days among stakeholders and included the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Local Government Authority (LGA), Department of National Registration (DNR), Ministry of Health (MoH), National Information and Communication Technology (NCIT) and the main hospital. National Bureau of Statistics(NBS) took the initiative in carrying forward the consultative process. The meeting concluded with a follow-up meeting after one week with NCIT reporting on the practicality of DNR doing data entry in the system established at the island council level. The work plan for 2019 was also discussed at the follow-up meeting.