Digitization of civil registration and vital statistics: towards information and communications technology assets for civil registration and vital statistics in Africa
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa;
African Union Commission;
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Information and communications technology (ICT) has the potential to provide trans formative improvements in civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems based on its ability to extend registration coverage, standardize and streamline CRVS processes, integrate data from multiple systems and securely store data at scale, all in a cost-effective way. The Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Digitization Guidebook was created by Plan International and other core group members of the Africa Program for Accelerated Improvement of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (APAI-CRVS). It is an online resource that provides step-by-step guidance for countries to plan, analyze, design and implement digitized systems and automated processes for CRVS. It responds to the need expressed by countries in Africa to develop effective, scale able and sustainable CRVS systems and to maximize the impact of ICT investments. It was developed in collaboration with country experts across Africa and remains a living resource that will continue to evolve and expand over time. Use of the Guidebook is widespread, with over 1,500 active users per month from all over the world.