Conference of African Ministers Responsible for Civil Registration
Africa Programme on Accelerated Improvement of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (APAI-CRVS)
APAI-CRVS emerged from the need to bring various CRVS initiatives on the continent together under a common and consolidated policy and advocacy framework. It is a regional programme devised according to CRVS international standards, principles and recommendations. It also stemmed from the political commitment and policy directives of ministers in charge of civil registration, who had called for a holistic and integrated approach to reforming and improving CRVS systems on the continent.
The overall objective of APAI-CRVS is to provide management and programmatic guidance to the regional agenda to reform and improve CRVS systems. Specifically, the regional programme will provide guidance on institutional and operational linkages, workflows and results management mechanisms in a more comprehensive and holistic manner, encompassing the inter-disciplinary and inter-sectoral interfaces of CRVS systems.
APAI-CRVS recognizes the socio-economic and political diversities of African countries and thus the need for a more decentralized approach to promoting and enhancing knowledge and creativity. This would help address the challenges to improving CRVS systems, taking into account the specific circumstances of countries.