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


IDRC - International Development Research Centre (CA-CRA_ACR-2107511586)
2015-12-14 - 2022-09-15
Global Affairs Canada
MFM Global Issues & Dev.Branch

Country / region 

• Africa, regional (50.00%)
• Asia, regional (50.00%)


• Health, General: Health policy and administrative management (12110) (24.45%)
• Population Policies/Programmes And Reproductive Health: Population statistics and data (13096) (75.55%)

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 (significant objective)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to contribute to the efforts of the Global Financing Facility in support of Every Woman Every Child (GFF) to end preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths and to improve the health and quality of life of women, adolescents and children. The project will support the GFF to develop, strengthen and scale-up effective, integrated and sustainable CRVS systems in eligible countries. Project activities include: (1) Promoting comprehensive, effective and integrated CRVS systems for improving reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health; (2) Facilitating inclusion of quality CRVS components in GFF Investment Cases, by working with countries to identify needs, establish priorities, and provide access to resources; (3) Establishing and maintaining a roster of CRVS technical experts; (4) Strengthening the capacity of in-country CRVS implementers for sustainability; (5) Building and facilitating exchange of knowledge and best practices; (6) Contributing to global tools and standards for CRVS systems and promoting their use; and, (7) Contributing to improved accountability in GFF countries.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) Increased use of the Centre of Excellence as a facilitator of technical assistance, knowledge, standards and guidance on civil registration and vital statistics; and (2) Increased use of evidence, global tools and standards in planning and implementing civil registration and vital statistics systems in countries supported by the Global Financing Facility.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of the end of the project (July 2021) include: (1) produced more than 320 guides, tools, and documents on civil registration and vital statistics and made them publically available through the Centre of Excellence; (2) launched a directory of 85 civil registration and vital statistics experts to provide country governments with a network of vetted expertise; (3) successfully promoted gender equality as a key issue to consider within civil registration and vital statistics; (4) published profiles of civil registration and vital statistics systems in 47 countries and made them available online; and (5) improved the capacity to implement civil registration and vital statistics systems in 20 countries.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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