The civil registration and vital statistics systems improvement framework
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa;
African Union Commission;
African Development Bank;
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Civil registration systems establish legal identity for members of a population and issue legal identification documents, which are used by the public as a means to prove identity while transacting with each other and with the State. Individual and aggregate civil registration records are useful to different actors, including government departments and the private sector, in organizing and delivering their services to the public. Complete, current and accurate records from civil registries enable governments to maintain population-based sectoral databases, which foster good governance, including by ensuring, inclusiveness, transparency and accountability. In some countries where these systems are highly developed, routine register-based population counts can be conducted, hence offsetting or reducing the need for the costly traditional population census counts. Such countries are also able to implement robust population identification databases and to support robust government programmes, which are increasingly growing in importance.