Presentation by Oliver Chinganya (UNECA) at the High-Level Panel and technical consultations on Making the Invisible Visible: CRVS as a basis to Meeting the 2030 Gender Agenda - Ottawa, 26 February 2018.
Role of UN Economic Commission for Africa - Mainstreaming gender into CRVS
Making the Invisible Visible: CRVS as a basis to meeting the
2030 Gender agenda
Role of UN Economic Commission for Africa
Mainstreaming gender into CRVS
African Centre for Statistics
A complete & efficient CRVS system with quality, comprehensive,
timely & disaggregated data is essential to the continuous
production of reliable demographic & health information, including
maternal mortality & cause of death.
A complete CRVS is important in monitoring of progress towards
most SDGs - more than one third of the SDGs indicators require
reliable vital statistics .
A well-functioning CRVS can also provide information that can be
used to identify and tackle key gender issues in different areas of
development such as education, social protection, legal protection,
Despite recognizing the crucial role of a well-functioning CRVS
systems in bridging gender data gap, efforts towards the
improvement of CRVS in Africa have paid little attention to this
What is ECA doing?
ECA hosts the Secretariat of the Africa Programme on Accelerated
Improvement of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (APAI-CRVS)
In collaboration with Regional Core Group, it coordinates the
implementation of APAI-CRVS which includes capacity building,
technical assistance, advocacy & monitoring, thus;
Developing guidelines, methodologies & tools to guide the CRVS
systems improvement in African countries, including development
of Comprehensive Assessment Manual & Strategic Plans Manual;
Providing capacity building & technical advisory services to
member states in the development of their CRVS systems to
undertake comprehensive assessment & develop action plans
including implementation of those plans.
What ECA is doing with others?
There is ongoing discussion amongst the implementers of APAI-CRVS to
review all these manual and training materials to take into account
emerging issues including gender, compatibility between common and
civil law procedures in marriage, etc.
ECA in partnership with Regional Core Group and Data2X are working
on a project aiming at introducing innovative and practical ways to
collect, manage and disseminate civil registration data on marriage and
As way of addressing some of the issues and gaps:
Conduct three country assessments to identify:
country’s legal environment and cultural practices surrounding
a country’s social, economic, and legal barriers to registration;
gender biases within the legal systems that govern marriage and
current data practices for capturing marriage and divorce
Next Steps (Cont’d)
Expand the CRVS Comprehensive Assessment Tools to include
questions regarding gender-related barriers to marriage and
Develop a regional assessment guidelines to inform future
country assessments on marriage & divorce barriers;
Undertake advisory services to support countries in
implementing the new assessment procedures
Disseminate the methodology established at a workshop on
best practice and lessons learned with all countries and
professionals and experts in the CRVS systems.
Next steps & conclusion
Based on outcome, APAI-CRVS will review and update other material
developed, including CRVS Digitization Guidebook, in order to
incorporate gender dimension in all areas, including birth, mortality,
cause of mortality, marriage and divorce.
Develop a strategy to mainstream gender issues in the production of
annual Vital statistics on various vital events such as births, deaths,
marriage divorces and cause of deaths.
Integration of Gender issues in CRVS systems is MUST to assure universal &
inclusive development in the light of SDGs - “leaving no one behind”
Funding will be critical to make this happen
Working together as “Trusted Partners” is key