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Overcoming barriers to civil registration

Most countries have a CRVS system in place, yet many of them don’t function effectively. This is due to various legal, institutional, social, and/or cultural barriers. The highest barriers are usually faced by women, children, and the poor. These groups struggle to exercise their rights, gain social protection, and access basic services as a result. They also remain invisible to governments, who are unable to identify and respond to their needs.

The Centre of Excellence seeks to address these challenges and develop inclusive CRVS systems, with a particular focus on the barriers faced by women, children, and marginalized groups. We’re doing this by partnering with organizations and governments to generate research, exchange knowledge, and support capacity building.

Resources on the barriers to civil registration

Explore our expert papers below on the barriers to inclusive CRVS systems and potential solutions.