Strengthening civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems in developing countries requires knowledge sharing, expert advice, practical resources, and support. The Centre of Excellence for CRVS Systems is pleased to contribute to global efforts to improve these systems with the launch of its new website.
CRVS system information, resources, and services
The website serves as a central hub for those working in the CRVS community of practice and for those wishing to improve their systems for better health outcomes. It provides easy access to:
- Free resource library, with curated documents, information videos, terms and definitions, and tools for civil registration, health information, and vital statistics systems.
- Directory of experts for governments, development practitioners, and others seeking expertise in support of CRVS system strengthening efforts.
- Technical assistance for countries working with the Global Financing Facility on the CRVS components of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health investment cases.
- CRVS eLearning course available through the World Bank’s Open Learning Campus.
Why strengthening CRVS systems matters
The registration of vital events, combined with issuing civil status certificates, ensures that individuals can prove their own identities. This allows them to access basic public services including health, education, and social protection. It also allows them to exercise their rights, such as the right to vote or to claim inheritance. This information also serves as a powerful tool to protect vulnerable individuals from child labour, sexual exploitation, and child marriage.
When countries can generate and analyze real-time statistics, they can properly plan for and deliver priority development programs.
About the Centre of Excellence for CRVS Systems
Housed at IDRC, the Centre of Excellence for CRVS Systems is a global knowledge and resource hub that actively supports national efforts to develop, strengthen, and scale-up civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems. It collaborates with organizations and experts to broker access to information and expertise, including global standards, tools, research evidence, and relevant good practice. The purpose is to make knowledge readily available for countries working to develop, strengthen, and scale-up their civil registration systems and improve their vital statistics reporting.
The Centre of Excellence was established with funding from Global Affairs Canada and IDRC and contributes directly to the work of the Global Financing Facility, a key financing platform of the UN Secretary General’s Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health.