Civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS)

Accelerating CRVS and legal identity in Africa: From problems and principles to practice

Data use

Between 14–18 October 2019, 750 delegates met in Lusaka, Zambia, for the Fifth Conference of African Ministers Responsible for Civil Registration organised by the Africa Programme on Accelerated Improvement of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (APAI-CRVS) – a regional initiative led by the Pan-African institutions. The conference ended with renewed commitments to improve the registration […]


Measuring the state of civil registration and legal identity

Data use

Sustainable Development Goal 16, target 9, aims to “provide legal identity for all, including birth registration.” There is a long road to travel to meet this target. The World Bank estimates that close to 40% of the eligible population in low-income countries does not have an ID, and, according to UNICEF, in over 50 countries less […]


What do we know about the value of data?

Data use

In an excellent new paper by Jenna Slotin, the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD) concludes that the best way to make the case for improved investments in data is “to show the concrete impacts of data on improving people’s lives, or how a failure to invest in data holds back progress.” GPSDD sees […]