Centre of Excellence for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Systems

Reporting Organization:International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 16,000,000
Timeframe: December 14, 2015 - November 30, 2020
Status: Implementation
Contact Information: IDRC (Centre of Excellence for CRVS Systems)
[email protected]

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

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Region - Total Budget Allocation

Sub-Saharan Africa - $ 7,051,200.00 (44.07%)

Southeast Asia - $ 2,665,600.00 (16.66%)

South Asia - $ 2,180,800.00 (13.63%)

East Asia - $ 1,939,200.00 (12.12%)

Central Asia - $ 1,212,800.00 (7.58%)

North Africa - $ 948,800.00 (5.93%)

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Areas of Focus

Other - Total Budget Allocation

Law, Governance & Public Policy (100 %)

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The Centre of Excellence for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Systems supports global efforts to strengthen CRVS systems. We do this by collaborating with organizations and experts to facilitate access to information and expertise, including global standards, tools, research evidence, and good practice. The Centre of Excellence was established in December 2015 with seed funding of $15 million from Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and $1 million from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). The establishment of the Centre of Excellence represents Canada’s contribution to a global public good that supports RMNCAH results at the country level conceived under the Global Financing Facility (GFF) platform. Our partnership with the GFF aims to help specific countries prioritize and plan improvements to their CRVS systems, with a focus on francophone nations in West Africa. Our contributions through the GFF are part of Canada’s larger investment in improving reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (RMNCAH) outcomes.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women Adolescent females Adolescent males Children, girls Children, boys Under-5 children Newborns
Total Direct Population: Unspecified
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

The expected intermediate results for this project include: (1) Improved CRVS systems to track progress on women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health in GFF eligible countries that are implementing or have implemented Investment Cases; (2) Increased use of evidence, global tools and standards in planning and executing reforms to CRVS systems, particularly in GFF eligible countries that are implementing or have implemented Investment Cases; and, (3) Increased collaboration between private and public as well as global, regional and national organizations involved in strengthening CRVS systems.

Achieved Results

Results achieved from April 2019 to March 2020: (1) Increased use of the Centre of Excellence as a facilitator of technical assistance, knowledge, standards and guidance on CRVS by CRVS stakeholders (national, regional and global) – more than 2500 resources downloaded from the Centre of Excellence website; (2) Database of CRVS experts created and maintained with 159 experts; (3) Increased availability of guides, tools, norms and documented evidence for the development and/or implementation of effective CRVS systems; (4) A total of 7 research projects on CRVS issues commissioned and published; (5) CRVS technical, policy, advocacy and training materials, as well as global tools and guides developed and disseminated – 40 technical, policy and training materials developed by the Centre of Excellence – including 12 papers on gender and CRVS, 12 case studies of good practice, and 12 CRVS country profiles; (6) Workshops and knowledge sharing sessions delivered by Centre of Excellence: 24 events.


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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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