Compendium of Good Practices in Linking Civil Registration and Vital Statistics and Identity Management Systems

December 11, 2019

A Compendium of Good Practices in Linking Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) and Identity Management Systems is now available.

Developed by the Centre of Excellence for CRVS Systems and the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, this Compendium of Good Practices explores how countries can adopt a holistic approach to CRVS and identity management.

To overcome challenges in a variety of areas such as health, food security, education, and justice, people often have to prove their identity. This proof may be required to access public services and to obtain many fundamental rights. Yet today, one billion people in the world have no way of proving their identity, a reality that exposes them to poverty, exploitation, and abusive treatment.

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) and keep them updated for a country’s entire population.

At the compendium’s launch, the Minister of the Interior and Immigration of Namibia emphasized that good governance starts with good identity and CRVS management. “You cannot set up an e‑governance program if your civil status and identity system is not able to provide accurate and up‑to‑date information on identity,” he told the Fifth Conference of African Ministers Responsible for Civil Registration in Zambia in October 2019. Namibia is digitizing and integrating its civil status and identification production systems. According to the Minister, the integration of the two systems has dramatically improved data reliability and service delivery.

One of the six case studies in the compendium reflects this country’s progress, while other chapters highlight the experiences of Armenia, Ecuador, Kyrgyzstan, the Netherlands, and Peru.

The Centre of Excellence for CRVS Systems is funded by Global Affairs Canada and IDRC.

Read the synthesis chapter