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Centre of Excellence for CRVS Systems: Integrating Gender, Leveraging Population Censuses and Building a Culture of VS Production

Burkina Faso
Identificador del Proyecto
Total del financiamiento
CAD 3,235,600.00
Funcionario del IDRC
Irina Dincu
Estado de Proyecto
Fecha de finalización
18 meses

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Líder del proyecto:
Romesh Silva
United States


Civil registration provides legal identity to individuals, enabling them to prove family ties, their place and date of birth, and fulfill their rights and obligations.Más información

Civil registration provides legal identity to individuals, enabling them to prove family ties, their place and date of birth, and fulfill their rights and obligations. It can facilitate access to essential services such as education and health and contribute to exercising political rights, transferring property, and accessing financial services. However, the gender-related aspects of civil registration systems remain under-researched and a reliable and permanent flow of data generated from civil registration is needed to support better evidence-based national administrative systems and planning.

This projects aims to strengthen civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems to become gender sensitive and to produce consistently high-quality vital statistics for development decision-making. The project, implemented in collaboration with the UN Population Fund, will pilot and advance a new questionnaire for use in assessing civil registration coverage in approximately 120 population censuses to be conducted in the 2019-2024 period. It will also support targeted capacity building for national statistical offices on generating vital statistics from civil registration, and it will train a new cadre of young population data scientists who are now in very short supply.

Research in four to five focus countries will examine the root causes and the social and economic consequences of non-registration of vital events for women, specifically the under-registration of female deaths; evaluate the benefits of communication interventions and new technologies at the community level to improve registration of vital events; and investigate the impact of coupling innovative digitization and evidence-based social and behaviour change interventions on birth, marriage, and death registration completeness. This information will help boost the demand for civil registration and vital statistics as a means to secure the rights of women and children.

Expected outcomes include new tools, methodologies, and technical guidance to assess coverage and measure the completeness of birth, marriage, and death registration; increased capacity of national statistical offices to analyze and use data from incomplete civil registration coverage; and a cohort of young researchers in statistics who are able to support future country-level programs and initiatives.


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The ConVERGE Initiative progressed well throughout the duration of the IDRC-Centre of Excellence on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Systems CoE grant. Substantial adjustments were made in light of COVID-19. Despite pandemic challenges, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has advanced greatly with lessons learned from Phase 1. The CRVS initiative is helping to shift attention away from a singular focus on “supply side” issues (such as proximity to registration centers) towards social and behavioral factors (alignment of CR processes with social norms around birth/marriage/death, for instance). The report provides a detailed review to date, along with important links.

United Nations Population Fund
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Centro de Excelencia para el Registro Civil y Sistemas de Estadísticas Vitales

Ubicado en el IDRC, el Centro de Excelencia (CoE) fue un centro de recursos globales que apoyó activamente los esfuerzos nacionales para desarrollar, fortalecer y ampliar los sistemas sostenibles de registro civil y estadísticas vitales (CRVS) que funcionan para todos, especialmente mujeres y niñas. Financiado por el Ministerio de Asuntos Globales de Canadá y el IDRC desde diciembre de 2015 hasta julio de 2021, su función fue facilitar el acceso a asistencia técnica, estándares y herramientas globales, evidencia y buenas prácticas, con un fuerte compromiso con la igualdad de género.