Civil Registration – the administrative recording of vital events, such as births, deaths, adoptions, marriage and divorce – as they occur has profound implications for development and human rights. Production and dissemination of vital statistics, including causes of death, is essential to planning, implementing and monitoring national and international development agendas. Data disaggregated by sex and geographic location allows governments to identify and address inequities. Currently most countries use sample surveys and censuses to produce vital statistics but these have limitations, especially in relation to statistics on deaths and causes of death. Many countries are struggling with coordination and collaboration among key government stakeholders including national ID mechanisms, national statistics offices, civil registration authorities, and ministries of health. There is, however, huge potential to strengthen Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) systems to deliver on the promise of inclusion and equity, including gender equity, and deliver complete, reliable, and timely birth, death and cause-of-death statistics.
The panel will be chaired and moderated by the Director of African Centre for Statistics at the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), reflecting on new developments in APAI-CRVS capacity development interventions that are relevant to developing countries. The Centre of Excellence represtantive will provide brief highlight of the objective of the session. The panel will highlight country experiences, lessons learned, capacity gaps and needs in improving the quality of civil registration records and vital statistics for closing gender data gaps and addressing inequalities. The moderator will lead a question and answer part of the session addressed to country representatives and organizations where panelists share their experience in making the linkages between using innovative approaches in capacity development, gender equity and improved quality of vital statistics reports and improved policies, and in particular the strengthening of the intersectoral coordination at the country level. The audience will have the opportunity to pose questions or make comments on the issues raised by panelists.
The organizer of the session is the Centre of Excellence for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems at IDRC Canada, in coordination with UNECA, UNESCAP, World Bank Group, and Data 2X, Statistics Norway, and Vital Strategies.