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Links between legal identity and accessing social services

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Presentation by Anette Bayer (Department of Civil Registration, Namibia) at the international conference on innovations in Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) systems - Ottawa on 27-28 February 2018. See more at http://crvsinnovations.net

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Links between legal identity and accessing social services

  1. 1. Links between legal identity and accessing social services Anette Bayer Forsingdal Director – Department of Civil Registration Namibia
  2. 2. Namibia on the world map Population (2016):2 324 388 ( urban: 1 112 868, rural 1 209 643)
  3. 3. Statistics - Source Adm. Records from CR system 29409 31569 37436 42512 43069 67510 68218 68827 69322 69709 0 10000 20000 30000 40000 50000 60000 70000 80000 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 >30 days 30< 1 year Total Births
  4. 4. % birth registration rate ( based on birth records and population projections) 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
  5. 5. Birth registration in Namibia (2016) 0 5000 10000 15000 20000 25000 <1 months < 1 year 1-2 years 3-5 year 6-10 years 11-15 years 16-20 years > 20 years Number of registrations per age group
  6. 6. BR Rate u. 5 year – source: NAM inter-censal Demographic Survey 2016 ( 81,1%) 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100
  7. 7. Interventions
  8. 8. Social protection: No. of children on social grant (2014 - 2017) (Contributing factor) 0 50000 100000 150000 200000 250000 300000 350000 2014 2015 2016 2017 Introduction of vulnerable grant
  9. 9. BR rate/ID rate/wage rate (%) 0 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8 1 1.2 Salary BC ID
  10. 10. BR/ID/wage/child grant u. 18 0 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8 1 1.2 grant Salary BC ID
  11. 11. Innovation: e-birth notification (introduced in 2017)
  12. 12. e-birth notification: A potential game changer? Benefits/ Potentials: • 87% of all birth occur in a health facility – most home births are reported shortly after birth. • Identification of mothers – listing of mothers of unregistered children for targeted interventions, such as scheduled outreach programme to fixed places in collaboration with Child Welfare Services – Notification records electronic stored - reduces the risk of statelessness of unregistered orphans/or abandoned children) • Comprehensive data set to be used in design of social protection programmes for children, and population estimates • Linking of the systems for verification purposes, or linking the applications for a grant to the birth registration process ( means tested or universal) Risks: • Data remains unused • Overemphasis on control mechanism
  13. 13. Death Registration Rate ( Source: Namibia Inter-censal Demographic Survey ) versus Adm. Records from CR System 0 5000 10000 15000 20000 25000 30000 2016 2016 Survey data ( 93.5 %) 187 25096 0 500 1000 1500 2000 2500 2016 2016 CR Data (76 %) 19278
  14. 14. Innovation: e-death notification ( workflow)
  15. 15. Challenges • Governance / Coordination ( e-birth an de-death notification systems) • Data quality ( civil registration system) • Timely recording • Low usage of data • Breaking the inter-generation cycles of undocumented persons • Maintenance of systems and equipment
  16. 16. Thank you

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