As part of Bangladesh Vision 2021, the government of Bangladesh is committed to building a country whose citizens are able to live prosperous and happy lives. The year 2021 will mark the golden jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence, while the year 2020 will be the 100th anniversary of the birth of the father of the nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The government of Bangladesh envisions by 2020/2021 a Bangladesh which will be a middle income country where poverty will be drastically reduced and where citizens will be able to meet every basic need, where development will be on a fast track, with ever increasing rates of inclusive growth. Establishing an NPR with universal coverage, unique identification, biometric data, ID mapping and service flags is the grand vision towards which Bangladesh is heading. With universal civil registration and a complete NPR, Bangladesh would have updated and reliable data on its population on an ongoing basis and, in due course, no longer require a census.
This report highlights the improvements and existing challenges to a well functioning CRVS system in Bangladesh.