Issues paper Civil: registration and vital statistics digitization and innovation: a perspective from Eastern and Southern Africa
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa;
African Union Commission;
African Development Bank;
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The objective of this session is to underline the importance of the most frequently implemented strategies to improve vital events registration rates, such as strengthening registration supply through decentralization, the digitization of registration services and strengthening the demand for registration by introducing new incentives. The session will also explore new opportunities resulting from digital processing and the storage of civil registration data, such as the generation of vital statistics and holistic approaches to identity management. Participants will be encouraged to identify the challenges that CRVS authorities face when implementing these reform strategies and will be invited to highlight good practices and approaches related to the implementation of decentralized systems, the digitization of data processing and cooperation with other authorities to facilitate increased use of digital verification of identity information. Recommendations from the discussions will inform and reinforce ongoing reform processes and help to develop specific policy approaches and technical assistance strategies for the implementation of reforms.