Making the Invisible Visible
On February 26, 2018, the Centre of Excellence and its partners organized a high-level panel and technical consultation sessions under the theme, Making the invisible visible: CRVS as a basis to meeting the 2030 Gender Agenda. Find out why CRVS systems are essential to protecting the rights and meeting the needs of women and girls by reading the meeting report, and watching the video series of the proceedings!
Welcome Remarks – Counting women and girlsIn this video, high level guests provide introductory remarks on the importance of registering and counting the vital events of women and girls. Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Parliamentary Secretary to Canada’s Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, reminded the audience of the importance of gender inclusivity in all aspects of development: “If you want to eliminate poverty, empower women. If you want to achieve peace, involve women. And if you want to achieve economic growth, invest in women." Other speakers are Jean Lebel, IDRC; Shamshad Akhtar, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific; Josie B. Perez, Philippine Statistics Authority; and Jean Louis Ville, European Commission.
High Level Panel – Gender and CRVSIn this high level panel, presenters discuss the role of UN agencies, donors, regional organizations and national governments in closing gaps in gender equality. Strengthening CRVS systems is not only an issue of improving the data, but also includes improving the systems and processes that produce the data to ensure more use and impact. Speakers are Rachel Snow, United Nations Population Fund; Francesca Perucci, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs; Haishan Fu, World Bank; Oliver Chinganya, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa; and Jaime Bulande Guta, Mozambique. Moderated by IDRC’s Montasser Kamal.
Technical session 1 – Research and strategyIn this technical consultation session, speakers discuss priority areas for research, such as data gaps on marriage registration and death registration by sex, as well as knowledge gaps on the proximate constraints women may face. More detailed and systematic research on the benefits of CRVS systems, assessments of CRVS systems, and the factors influencing access to registration are needed to develop an appropriate knowledge base to support effective policy making and impact. Presenters are Mayra Buvinic, Data2X; Josie B. Perez, Philippine Statistics Authority; Shaida Badiee, Open Data Watch on behalf of Papa Seck, UN Women; Martin W. Bratschi, Deputy Director, Technical Implementation for CRVS Improvement Program, Vital Strategies; and Romesh Silva, United Nations Population Fund. Moderated by IDRC’s Irina Dincu.
Technical session 2: Planning and implementationIn this video, presenters discuss CRVS and gender in the context of the 2030 sustainable development goals. To achieve gender equality and empower women, it is critical to have data that is reliable, timely, and disaggregated by age and sex. The data must also capture limitations on women's rights and inequalities affecting their rights. Only then will data serve to guide better policies and programs, particularly for the underserved and hard to reach. Featuring Jenna Slotin, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data; Tanja Suvilaakso, Plan International Canada; Sarah Hendriks, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; and Kristen Wenz, United Nations Children’s Fund. Moderated by Shaida Badiee, Open Data Watch.
Concluding remarks: Moving the CRVS-gender agenda forwardIn this video, Irina Dincu (IDRC) and Shaida Badiee (Open Data Watch) highlight key points from the day’s sessions, and moderate a discussion on key take away messages and next steps to move the CRVS-gender agenda forward.
CRVS Innovations Conference
Held February 27 to 28, 2018 in Ottawa, Canada, and co-organized by the Centre of Excellence for CRVS Systems, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO), the two-day CRVS Innovations Conference convened participants from across sectors, disciplines, and regions to identify how best to harness the global momentum for strengthening CRVS systems to meet commitments to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. We invite you to read the conference report, and watch the video series of the recordings.
Opening plenary Feb 27 – the global significance of CRVS SystemsIn this video, high level guests discuss the global significance of CRVS systems, and their importance for the 2030 sustainable development agenda. Speakers are Christopher MacLennan, Assistant Deputy Minister, Global Affairs Canada, Jean Lebel, IDRC, John Grove, WHO; Anil Arora, Statistics Canada; Haishan Fu, World Bank; Srdjan Mrkic, UNSD; Alexandre Marie Yomo, Cameron; and Jaime Balunde Guta, Mozambique.
Panel session 1 – Inclusive developmentThis video discusses how CRVS systems, in conjunction with other systems, build the backbone of inclusive development through facilitating citizen participation and access to government services such as health and social protection.
Featuring Oliver Chinganya, UNECA (moderator); Jonathan Marskell, World Bank; Amitabh Suthar, US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention; Laetitia Bazzi-Veil, UNICEF Senegal; Kristen Wenz, UNICEF HQ; Rikke Munk Hansen, UNESCAP.
Panel session 2 – Human centred design, including demand creationWhile the focus for recent CRVS activity and momentum has been on improvement of data and systems, equal attention needs to be placed on generating demand. This video discusses the barriers and challenges for demand through human-centered interaction with CRVS systems. Featuring Raj Mitra, Independent Consultant (moderator); Vibeke Nielsen, Statistics Norway; Gloria Mathenge, Pacific Community; Bhaskar Mishra, UNICEF Tanzania and Ashfaqul Amin Mukut, Government of Bangladesh.
Panel session 3 – CRVS innovations in conflict and emergency settingsThis video highlights the problems countries face registering the life events – births, deaths, marriages, divorces, for example – of those in emergency situations. Panelists provide good practical examples of how to address this challenge using human-centred approaches. Speakers are Mirkka Mattila, UNICEF WCARO (moderator); Marwan Khawaja, UNESCWA; Dimitri Sanga, UNECA sub-regional office for West Africa; Nicholas Oakeshott, UNHCR; and Fodé Oumar Touré, Guinea.
Panel session 4 – Social protection in the context of inclusive developmentCRVS systems play a critical role in supporting social protection including, bridging the gap for the most vulnerable, and distributing the dividends of increased prosperity fairly across society. Good governance is an important element of CRVS systems for social protection. It underpins several of the core benefits of civil registration systems, including access to services. Presenters are Mia Harbitz, Independent Consultant (moderator); Andrei Gheorghe, Ministry of Justice, Romania; Ivan Arcos Axt, Policy Advisor to the Minister General Secretary of the Presidency, Chile; Anette Bayer Forsingdal, Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration, Namibia; and Arjan de Haan; IDRC.
Panel session 5 – The role of unique identification systemsSustainable Development Goal 16.9 is to provide legal identity for all, including birth registration, by 2030. Yet, 1.1 billion people worldwide are unable to prove their legal identity, and thus lack access to social services including health care, education, social protection, and finance. This video provides a global overview of basic principles to achieving integration between civil registration and civil identity systems, to close the invisibility gap and reduce inequities. Featuring Samuel Mills, World Bank Group (moderator); Sanjay Dharwadker, WCC Consulting EMEA; Nasser Jeeanody, Ministry of Health, Mauritius; Minah Kang, Ewha Woman’s University, Korea; and Martina Zorko-Kodelja, Health Insurance Institute of Slovenia.
Panel session 6 – Legal framework and protection of identitiesDeath registration, unlike birth registration is not enshrined in international human rights laws. The implication of this is key, particularly for women and other vulnerable groups in disaster and post-conflict settings. The video discusses the importance of a holistic approach in developing legal frameworks for the civil registration, vital statistics and identity management systems. Featuring Jacqueline Bhabha, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (moderator); Srdjan Mrkić, UNSD; Philip Setel, Vital Strategies; Claire Brolan, University of Toronto; and Zoran Đoković, OSCE-ODIHR.
Panel session 7 – Health in the context of inclusive developmentWell-functioning CRVS systems have direct benefits for individuals and for policy-making processes that use vital statistics, but also contribute to improved population health outcomes. This video highlights case examples of how the health sector can contribute to improving CRVS systems. Featuring Anshu Banerjee, WHO and Debra Jackson, UNICEF (moderators); Debra Jackson, UNICEF; Maletela Tuoane-Nkhasi, Global Financing Facility, World Bank; Boonchai Kijsanayotin, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand; Bhaskar Mishra, UNICEF Tanzania; Kathryn Banke, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Sana Naffa, IDRC.
Panel session 8 – Contemporary examples in improving civil registration and vital statistics systemsThis video highlights several important aspects of CRVS systems improvements, and presents experiences from countries and partners in implementing and using a vital statistics system. Speakers include Srdjan Mrkić, UNSD; Ani Mkhitaryan, Ministry of Justice, Republic of Armenia; Omrana Pasha, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Romesh Silva, UNFPA; Josie B. Perez, Philippine Statistics Authority; and Vibeke Nielsen, Statistics Norway.
Panel session 9 – Digital innovations and scalingThis video features case studies and country examples illustrating how new technologies are being used to bring identity and economic opportunities to the poorest and most vulnerable communities. Speakers are Martin Bratschi, Vital Strategies; Murodillo Latifov, Independent Management Consultant; Jane Thomason, Abt Australia; Claudine Henry-Anguna, Cook Islands; and Dakota Gruener, ID2020.
Closing plenary - February 27This video highlights key take aways on the importance of CRVS systems for inclusive development and social protection in the context of the 2030 sustainable development agenda.
Opening plenary Feb 28 – gender and emergenciesModerated by Dimitri Sanga (UNECA sub-regional office for West Africa), this high level plenary session discusses the challenges of registering vital events and securing identity documents in conflict and emergency situations, particularly for women and girls. Speakers include Cornelius Williams, UNICEF; Shaida Badiee, Open Data Watch; Rikke Munk Hansen, UNESCAP; Oliver Chinganya, UNECA; Josie B. Perez, Philippine Statistics Authority; Jean-Louis Ville, European Commission and Anir Chowdhury, Prime Minister's Office, Government of Bangladesh.
Closing plenary Feb 28 – putting it all togetherIn this video, participants discuss strategic areas of interest and agree on priorities for further development, through the conference declaration. WHO and UNICEF announce a new partnership to strengthen CRVS systems.