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Workshop on experience sharing on CRVS assessments and plans

A workshop on experience sharing on CRVS assessments and plans was organized jointly by UN EconomicCommission for Africa (ECA) and African Development Bank (AfDB) in Lusaka in collaboration with Government of the Republic of Zambia from 2 to 4 June 2016 in Lusaka, Zambia.


Following the resolution adopted by the African Ministers Responsible for Civil Registration in their second conference in Durban, South Africa in 2012 more than 25 countries in Africa have undertaken a comprehensive assessment and a significantly large number of them have developed action plans for improvement of civil registration systems in their respective countries.


Although most countries adopted a uniform approach, some of them followed different methods and a few others used tools for CRVS assessment and planning that were different from the ones developed by Regional Core Group under Accelerated Programme on Accelerated Improvement of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (APAI-CRVS). The question that needed to be addressed, therefore, was whether the strategies and plans developed by countries would lead to the desired goal of achieving an efficient and effective CRVS system that meets the international benchmark as envisaged in the UN Principles and Recommendations and also other global guidelines and standards and also whether these are best suited to the country context. Hence it was necessary to hold an experience sharing workshop providing an opportunity to countries to share:


  • their vision of building an efficient and effective CRVS system;
  • results of assessment of CRVS system and plans developed for its improvement, if available;
  • experience of undertaking (or planning) CRVS assessments and development of plans; and
  • strategy for implementation of the CRVS plans;


Senior Advisors, who have assisted countries in conducting comprehensive assessments and development of strategic plans, also shared their experience during the meeting. The workshop was a very important opportunity for the Core Group and APAI-CRVS Secretariat (housed at Demographic and Social Statistics Section of ACS) to gather input for improvement of the existing tools and guidelines for the comprehensive assessment and planning.


The meeting, attended by more than 120 participants representing 21 countries, UN agencies (UNICEF, WHO, UNFPA, UNHCR) and other international organisations, resulted in the set of the recommendations to be implemented by the Core Group and Secretariat and the countries.


See the gallery of the event.


Event Date: 
Monday, May 2, 2016 to Wednesday, May 4, 2016