Project profile — Scaling-up Birth Registration Using Innovative Technology

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Scaling-up Birth Registration Using Innovative Technology - Overview
UNICEF - United Nations Children's Fund (XM-DAC-41122)
2015-01-19 - 2019-03-30
Country / region • Tanzania (100.00%)
Sector • Population Policies/Programmes And Reproductive Health
Population policy and administrative management (13010) (18.35%)
• Population Policies/Programmes And Reproductive Health
Population statistics and data (13096) (65.32%)
• Other Social Infrastructure And Services
Statistical capacity building (16062) (16.33%)
Policy marker • Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (principal objective)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (significant objective)
Description and results


This project aims to register and issue birth certificates to 3.5 million girls and boys under the age of five (including 90% of newborns and 70% of previously unregistered children) in ten regions of mainland Tanzania. Accurate birth registration allows the Government of Tanzania to effectively and efficiently plan for health, education, and child protection services and ensure that children have access to these services. The project supports the scaling up of an innovative birth registration system, which was developed by Tanzania’s birth registration agency in partnership with Tigo (a mobile service provider). The system uses innovative technology that quickly uploads records of all birth registrations to a centralized system through text messages sent from mobile phones. This allows for real-time monitoring of birth registrations at national, regional and local levels and greatly simplifies the registration process. Some project activities include: (1) training local government registration agents, specifically health workers and Ward Executive Officers; (2) entering into a public-private partnership with key mobile service providers operating in the ten regions; (3) conducting public awareness campaigns to support the implementation of the new birth registration system in each region; (4) assisting the Government of Tanzania to finalize the new Birth and Death Registration law; (5) coordinating an inter-ministerial committee on civil registration and vital statistics; and (6) training a core team of national facilitators to scale up the new birth registration system across mainland Tanzania.

Expected results

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: (1) increased under-five birth registration and certification in mainland Tanzania; and (2) strengthened government management and oversight systems for birth registration.

Results achieved

Results achieved as of march 2022 include: (1) over 658,244 children under five registered in four new regions. The total number of children registered in the 22 or 26 regions since the beginning of the project is 6.7 million; (2) trained 2630 (1,284 women and 1,346 men) registration officers to deliver the gender-responsive simplified birth registration system; (3) 100% of health facilities staff in 156 districts trained to counsel mothers on increased decision-making or control over their health and that of their children; and (4) introduced three design features that address financial and physical barriers to women’s access to birth registration (fee waiver, embedding birth registration services in maternity and immunization desks, and outreach programmes).



Original budget $0
Planned Disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
29-11-2022 Disbursement $4,000,000
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