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Project

Centre of Excellence for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Systems
 

South Asia
Project ID
108245
Total Funding
CAD 3,965,485.00
IDRC Officer
Montasser Kamal
Project Status
Completed
End Date
Duration
57 months

Summary

Registration of events, such as birth, death, causes of death, marriage, and divorce, is critical for improving maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health.Read more

Registration of events, such as birth, death, causes of death, marriage, and divorce, is critical for improving maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health. These statistics provide policymakers and practitioners with the necessary evidence to design interventions and enact appropriate policies on maternal and child health. Many low- and middle-income countries, however, do not systematically collect such crucial information. It is estimated that one-third of the world's births and two-thirds of the world's deaths are not registered or are incorrectly certified. In many cases, global norms, standards, tools, and good practices are not readily accessible and useable to those who need them most.

The project will establish the Centre of Excellence for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Systems to provide information, tools, and expertise to facilitate the development and implementation of integrated CRVS systems. Funded by Global Affairs Canada and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and based at IDRC, the Centre of Excellence will coordinate with existing expert groups to generate, consolidate, and share information and resources in an open and collaborative electronic platform. It will also assist countries needing more direct support by facilitating the exchange of good practices and capacity strengthening, and will play an important role brokering technical assistance for countries needing more direct support.

The Centre of Excellence will work closely with the Global Financing Facility in support of the Every Woman Every Child initiative to enable the development and implementation of CRVS systems plans as part of country-led investment cases for financing by the Global Financing Facility.

Research outputs

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Brief
Language:

English

Summary

The Centre of Excellence for civil registration and vital statistics (CoE-CRVS) system worked to support uptake of good practice at scale, supporting knowledge generation and capacity strengthening in 67 countries. It brought gender to the forefront of CRVS on global, regional, and national agendas. This project brief reviews activities, accomplishments, outputs and outcomes since the CoE was first established in 2015. For instance, during COVID-19, Kenya, Rwanda, and Zambia were able to report on death registrations because of CoE’s support through UNECA to implement the WHO’s Rapid Mortality Surveillance System during the pandemic.

Author(s)
CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE for CRVS Systems
Dossiers
Language:

French

Summary
Author(s)
LE CENTRE D’EXCELLENCE sur les systèmes ESEC
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About the partnership

Partnership(s)

Centre of Excellence for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems

Housed at IDRC, the Centre of Excellence (CoE) was a global resource hub that actively supported national efforts to develop, strengthen, and scale up sustainable civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems that work for all, especially women and girls. Funded by Global Affairs Canada and IDRC from December 2015 to July 2021, its role was to facilitate access to technical assistance, global standards and tools, evidence, and good practice, with a strong commitment to gender equality.