Taking a holistic approach to legal identity: good practices from integrating civil registration and vital statistics and identity systems around the world
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa;
African Union Commission;
African Development Bank;
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The purpose of this issue paper is to share key findings and advocate for a holistic approach to the development of CRVS and identity systems in Africa. The compendium documents reflect the experiences of six countries – Armenia, Ecuador, Kyrgyzstan, Namibia, the Netherlands and Peru. These countries have diverse experiences of building legal identity ecosystems in different parts of the world, with different constitutional systems, administrative systems, traditions and institutional arrangements. They outline good practices employed by the different countries and highlight how their very different starting points and challenges were not an obstacle to success. They also highlight that there are many ways to adopt a holistic approach to ensure their residents’ rights, privileges, obligations and production of vital statistics.