A Snapshot of Civil Registration in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • The births of around 95 million children under age 5 (slightly more than half) in sub-Saharan Africa have never been recorded. One in three live in just three countries: the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia and the United Republic of Tanzania.
  • Possession of a birth certificate is even less common – 120 million of the region’s children under age 5 do not have a birth certificate.
  • Around 370 million children (roughly 3 in 4) live in sub-Saharan African countries where there are fees associated with birth registration, and in most cases, these reflect fines for late registration.

Source: A Snapshot of Civil Registration in Sub-Saharan Africa – World | ReliefWeb