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What is CRVS and why does every country need it?

CRVS and governance

Every country in the world needs to know about the characteristics of and trends in its population, both at national and local administrative levels. CRVS helps governments, state and nonstate actors, development partners and donors to achieve smarter allocation and monitoring of resources and aids.1 The CRVS system benefits individuals and communities, national administrative systems and statistical systems. These benefits can be summarised under the headings legal, administrative and statistical. Through strengthening these legal, administrative and statistical functions of the national government, CRVS supports good governance. 


1 World Bank, World Health Organization (2014). Global civil registration and vital statistics: scaling up investment plan 2015-2024, World Bank Group, Washington, DC.

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Benefits and beneficiaries of CRVS systems

International Commission on Civil Status (2010). Persons deprived of civil-status and identity documents, International Commission on Civil Status, Strasbourg.

United Nations High Commission for Refugees (2015). I am here, I belong. The urgent need to end childhood statelessness, United Nations, New York.

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CRVS best-practice and advocacy
CRVS systems need
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CRVS systems need well-functioning civil registry offices

Presentation of factors which countries should consider when establishing or improving the operation of their Office of the Civil Registrar.

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Publication date: August 2017

Resource type: CRVS best-practice and advocacy

Related resources: Understanding CRVS systems: The importance of process mapping

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