Canadian Fund for Civil Registration in Latin America and the Caribbean

Reporting Organization:Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 20,000,000
Timeframe: March 21, 2014 - March 31, 2018
Status: Implementation
Contact Information: Unspecified

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Participating Organizations

Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Region - Total Budget Allocation

South America - $ 9,696,000.00 (48.48%)

Caribbean - $ 6,060,000.00 (30.30%)

Central America - $ 4,244,000.00 (21.22%)

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Areas of Focus

Other - Total Budget Allocation

Law, Governance & Public Policy (70 %)

Economic Development & Empowerment (15 %)

Protection (10 %)

Human Rights, Advocacy & Public Engagement (5 %)

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The purpose of this project is to better protect children and other vulnerable persons in Latin America and the Caribbean by supporting the birth registration of two million children under the age of five, thereby facilitating people’s access to a legal identity. The project reinforces national registrars so they can register 95% of newborns each year and improve service delivery to vulnerable unregistered children in target countries. A birth certificate allows children to access health services and education, giving them the opportunity to achieve their full potential as active and productive citizens. Children are the primary beneficiaries of the project, but some activities are also aimed at vulnerable unregistered adults. Project activities include the following: (1) improving governments’ capacity to design and apply policies to facilitate inclusive civil registration, by developing national work plans, training registrars and providing technical assistance to the selected national governments; (2) improving registrars’ capacity to register unregistered children in a timely and secure manner and to educate unregistered persons about their civil registration rights and responsibilities, by implementing tools to measure the level of service delivery to children, training officials in delivering services to everyone, and modernizing technological equipment to better protect personal information; (3) building governments’ capacity to use international standards in managing civil registries and to recognize identity documents from other countries, by sharing best practices, training employees and translating key documents for dissemination. The project is in keeping with Canada’s priorities for strengthening child protection and supporting maternal, newborn and child health.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Unspecified
Total Direct Population: Unspecified
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: (1) increased implementation of child friendly, gender sensitive and inclusive civil registry and legal identity policy frameworks by government institutions in targeted countries; (2) improved delivery of legal identity and civil registration services for vulnerable populations, particularly children, in targeted areas; and (3) increased use of international standards in legal identity and civil registration among Inter-American Development Bank borrowing member countries.

Achieved Results

Results achieved as of March, 2016 include: (1) two regional studies were completed, one to diagnose barriers faced by women, indigenous peoples and afro-descendants to access civil registration and legal identity services titled “Gender and Diversity Strategy for the Canadian Fund for Universal Legal Identity in Latin America and Carribean” and one on the links between civil registration, legal identity and public sector management titled “Civil Registration: Policy and Administrative Implications”; a regional level on-line course on the right to an identity, civil registry and vital statistics was completed and a five week long course that included child-friendly, gender-sensitive and inclusive subject matter was given to 33 government officers (13 women, 20 men) from Argentina, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Uruguay and Venezuela; (2) a regional level guideline was developed for the use of information and communication technology (ICT) for birth registration, titled “Toward Universal Birth Registration: A Systemic Approach to the Application of ICT”, integrating child-friendly, gender-sensitive and inclusive considerations to improve the civil registries and foster immediate birth registration; and (3) a regional technical exchange took place as part of the Latin American and Caribbean Council for Civil Registration, Identity and Vital Statistics (CLARCIEV) meeting during the XII Annual Meeting, with 75 participants from 17 countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela) (66 government officers responsible for registry and legal identity (28 women, 38 men) and nine international development organization officers (4 women, 5 men).


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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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