Session 9 - Raj Guatram Mitra (ECA)

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Session 9 - Raj Guatram Mitra (ECA)

  1. 1. Africa Programme on AcceleratedImprovement of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems (APAI-CRVS) Governance Framework High Level Meeting on the Improvement of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific 10-11 December 2012, Bangkok United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (Secretariat APAI-CRVS)
  2. 2. APAI- CRVS Key milestonesJune 2009: Expert Meeting in Dar-es-Salam, Tanzania 2009-Identified bottlenecks and planted the seed for new approach-Highlighted the need to seek political commitment-Tasked ECA, AfDB and AUC to develop a medium terms plan (MTP)August 2010 : First Conference of Ministers in Addis Ababa-Committed to improve CRVS in countries and support regional effort-Made a number of policy declarations-Endorsed the MTP 2010- 2015-Requested for a regional assessment on status of CRVS-Requested AUC to institutionalize the conference as a permanent forum-Requested that the next five ASSD focus on CRVS
  3. 3. APAI- CRVS Key milestonesJanuary 2011: Expert Meeting in Addis Ababa-Finalized the MTP-Ministers declaration converted into action planSeptember 2012 : Second Conference of Ministers in Durban-Endorsed organizational, management and operational structure of APAI-CRVS-Requested countries to undertake comprehensive assessment of the CRVS anddevelop costed action plan-Requested the regional organizations and UN agencies to support countries inassessment and plan
  4. 4. APAI-CRVS : GoalTo promote and support therealization of the Africanintegration agenda
  5. 5. Medium Term Plan Thematic Areas• Promoting country ownership and building partnerships• Capacity Building• Innovations• Promoting knowledge and sharing best practices• Promoting studies and research• Strengthening national and regional vital statistics production• Strengthening African Centre for Statistics
  6. 6. Complete CRVS System and Multi-sectoral Linkages
  7. 7. Key Achievements1. Conceptualization of the regional initiative into a programmatic framework (APAI-CRVS) – MTP included2. Regional assessment undertaken3. Expanded partnership – Core Group4. Institutionalized the Ministers Conference as a permanent forum under AUC –two conferences held5. African Symposium on Statistical Development focuses on CRVS starting from the 7th symposium held in January 20126. Countries organizing themselves – pushing the regional secretariat for support
  8. 8. Monitoring and Accountability Framework• Two kinds of monitoring: – Monitoring implementation of a) Ministerial Declarations and b ) MTP – Monitoring of progress of CRVS in countries through a selected set indicators: assessment report to serve as baseline• Three levels of monitoring: – Regional (by CoM): Political and policy decisions – Regional (by Core Group): Implementation of regional programme – National: Implementation of national plan and programme
  9. 9. Putting Action on GroundThree key Ministers declaration:Countries to urgently develop under comprehensiveassessments and develop costed action planwith the support of the Secretariat and partnerorganizationsCountries to establish high-level coordinationmechanisms involving all relevant stakeholdersInvited African Ministers of Health to join us in view ofthe important role of the health sector in the delivery ofcivil registration services
  10. 10. Putting Action on Ground (contd)How will be the countries be assisted in assessment andplanningCountry ledTo be supported by experts from a pool that will be created at theregional levelSupport to be provided based on counties’ requestExperts will be equipped with tools and processesExperts continue to mentor the countries as and when requiredCapacity building will be built in as a part of the process
  11. 11. APAI-CRVS Governance Structure – Present and Future UNHQs African Union (African Integration Agenda) Regional UN Agencies at DESA Coordination HQs (UNSD, Regional Africa Union Africa Union Mechanism in Commissions, ..) Commission Africa Commission AfDB [Conference of Ministers [Conference of Ministers Proposed CRVS (Member of responsible for CR] Strategic Group responsible for CR] UNECA ESCAP CRVS (Secretariat of Strategic & APAI-CRVS)Core Groups) APAI-CRVS (including Medium Term International Plan) Regional CRVS Core Group Technical and (AUC, AfDB, UNFPA, UNICEF, Financial Regional Economic UNHCR,, WHO, HMN, Organizations Communities StatSA..) African Member States (UN Country Offices, Local Donors NGOs, …)
  12. 12. Challenges that need to be addressedInadequate Human Resources at the SecretariatLack of structured communication – horizontal andverticalLack of global coordination among UNorganization on CRVSNo mechanism in place for Ministers in governancein between the conferencesNo clear role yet for the Regional EconomicCommunities
  13. 13. Thanks

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