Overview of Indian Civil Registration System

Registration of birth is a right of every child and is the first step towards establishing her/his legal identity. It is compulsory to report births and deaths to the Registrar of Births and Deaths under the Registration of Births and Deaths Act, 1969 (Act No. 18 of 1969). Births and deaths are registered only at the place […]

Cost of Malawi National Id Mass Registration

The mass registration exercise shall be undertaken as a Project Unit coordinated by the United Development Programme (UNDP). The government of Malawi and Development Partners such as DFID, European Union, Ireland, Norway, United States of America and UNDP agreed to fund the project at 40 and 60 percent respectively via a UNDP Basket Fund mechanism. The […]

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 […]

CRVS Manuals and References

UN: Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System (Revision 3) World Bank: Digital Identity Toolkit: A guide for stakeholders in Africa APAI CRVS: CRVS  Digitisation Guidebook  World Bank: Global Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Scaling Up Investment Plan 2015-2024 Plan International: Smart ICT Investment for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics: A Global Business Case  


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