Conference of African Ministers Responsible for Civil Registration
Main achievements since 2010
The main activities carried out in the past two years and those in progress include:
- the post-ministerial conference expert group meeting conducted in Addis Ababa in January 2011;
- the region-wide comprehensive CRVS assessment study on the status of CRVS systems in all member States. The preliminary report of this study was presented at the 7th Africa Symposium on Statistical Development (ASSD);
- the preparation of two regional operational manuals on civil registration and vital statistics is in progress;
- preparations for development of other regional operational manuals as per the medium-term plan schedule are underway;
- CRVS mainstreamed into regional statistics fora. The 7th ASSD meeting focused on CRVS and the third session of the Statistical Commission for Africa (StatCom-Africa III) resolved a number of important policy issues from the statistics perspective;
- regional CRVS core group involving key regional and international organizations established;
- various conceptual and technical resource materials prepared and various expert discussions engaged in Technical assistance missions conducted in a few countries and advisory services provided through various channels;
- web-based CRVS monitoring database system developed;
- partnership agreement document prepared and circulated for endorsement by key development partners;
- guiding manual for the organization of the ministerial conference prepared;
- resource mobilization activities undertaken at various times to sponsor the different regional fora on CRVS; and
- preparatory activities for organizing the Second Conference of African Ministers are underway.
The activities accomplished since the inception of the regional initiative in mid-2009 have focused on raising awareness, encouraging commitment, and developing conceptual and operational frameworks and technical and methodological materials as per the directives of the MTP and the resolutions of the Conference. Activities planned for 2012 and 2013 will build on past achievements and prepare for region-wide operations.