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Centre of Excellence for CRVS Systems: IUSSP scientific panel on population perspectives and demographic methods to strengthen CRVS systems

Enhancing civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems is widely recognized as a crucial component of monitoring population-based targets tied to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. However, most CRVS systems in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) are unprepared, and there is a need to connect streams of scientific knowledge to make them accessible.

This project will address important existing issues in the field, such as integrating CRVS with other data systems (such as health, national ID, and population censuses), completeness and quality of civil registration systems, and socio-economic research. The project will also allow data analysis and identification of issues related to ownership of legal documentation by women and girls, including social consequences of under-registration.

The project will support the work of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population’s (IUSSP) scientific panel on population perspectives and demographic methods to strengthen CRVS systems. The panel will enhance ongoing efforts to improve CRVS systems by leveraging the technical expertise of the international demography community. It will also facilitate the use and adaptation of the principles, methods, and materials of demography to improve civil registration processes and the production of vital statistics from incomplete or deficient civil registration systems at the country level.

The panel aims to publish a volume of selected practices in the field of quality and completeness assessments to contribute to the development of standards and protocols of CRVS systems in LMICs. The panel will also produce discussion papers co-authored with other IUSSP scientific panels to unpack challenges and opportunities for collaboration between demographers and other experts. The project will also fund researchers in LMICs and South-South and South-North cooperation teams to carry out small joint research projects and knowledge translation activities.

Project ID
Project Status
End Date
17 months
IDRC Officer
Irina Dincu
Total Funding
CA$ 264,492.00
Global Health
Centre of Excellence for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems
Institution Country
Project Leader
Romesh Silva
International Union for the Scientific Study of Population



IUSSP scientific panel on CRVS systems