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We've launched a compendium of good practices in linking CRVS & ID systems

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The Centre of Excellence for CRVS Systems and the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD) launched the Compendium of Good Practices in Linking Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) and Identity Management Systems at the Fifth Conference of African Ministers Responsible for Civil Registration (Lusaka, Zambia, October 14–18, 2019).

Why is this publication important?

Legal identity is the basis for realizing many basic rights and opportunities. Yet 1 billion people worldwide cannot prove their legal identity. This leaves them more vulnerable to poverty, statelessness, exploitation, and abuse.

We must change this. The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 16, Target 16.9 commits countries to providing legal identity for all, including birth registration, by 2030.

A strong CRVS system is the foundation for reliable identity management. The only way to capture up-to-date identity characteristics is to register vital events – including birth, marriage, divorce, and death – for a country’s entire population. This is critical for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and ensuring no one is left behind.

What does the compendium offer?

The compendium explores how countries can adopt a holistic approach to CRVS and identity management, as well as the benefits of doing so. A holistic approach means recognizing civil registration as an essential source of legally valid, up-to-date identity characteristics. It means ensuring that CRVS and identity management systems work together to safeguard the credibility and integrity of both systems.

The publication begins with basic definitions and a discussion about what is meant by a holistic approach to CRVS and identity management.

Several chapters shed light on the experiences of six countries that have pursued a holistic approach to CRVS and identity management systems:

  • Armenia
  • Ecuador
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Namibia
  • The Netherlands
  • Peru

These chapters offer insight into each country’s unique history, administrative set-up, and the link between its CRVS and identity management systems. We’ve also explored the role of digitization, including how each country varies in its approach to transitioning from paper to digital systems.

A synthesis chapter compiles good practices from all six countries and distills the key lessons learned. It also provides evidence on the benefits of a holistic approach, including improved governance and cost savings.

What is one critical message we want to share?

There are many ways to achieve a holistic system. Each of the six countries featured in the compendium have different constitutional and legal systems, administrative traditions, and institutional arrangements. As a result, they have pursued a holistic approach in different ways – all of which empower people and benefit the country as a whole.

Read the compendium

Download the full compendium (coming soon)

View the synthesis chapter

See our infographic that summarizes key findings

Download country case studies (coming soon):

  • Armenia
  • Ecuador
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Namibia
  • The Netherlands
  • Peru

Browse related resources

Video: Legal identity for all: Why it’s essential and how to achieve it

Paper: Linking National ID and CRVS Systems: An Imperative for Inclusive Development from our Knowledge Brief Series on Gender and CRVS

Blog: Legal identity for all: Why we need to link CRVS and ID management systems

Blog: Creating digitized, interoperable ID systems