On the side of the Third Conference of African Ministers in charge of Civil Registration, PARIS21 organised a panel discussion: “CRVS: Data that Count for Africa” on 11 February 2015 in Yamoussoukro, Cote d’Ivoire.
The event began with the launch of the video “Make Everyone Count” sparking a lively discussion chaired by Mr. Lardja DOUTI, Secretary General of the Ministry of Territorial Administration, Decentralisation and local authorities of Togo.
The panel was composed of Mrs. Joyce Mugo, Director of Civil Registration of Kenya, who highlighted the importance of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) for local and national policy making and efficient resource allocation; Mr. Mamadou Mbengue, Deputy Director General of the Senegalese National Agency for Statistics and Demography, remarked the efforts undertaken to include CRVS issues in the new National Strategies for the Development of Statistics (NSDS), and Mr. Raj Mitra, Chief, Demographic and Social Statistics Section, African Centre for Statistics, UNECA, who urged for increased collaboration between National Statistical Offices (NSOs) and civil registration offices for the production of quality, timely and complete vital statistics. Several participants from national and international delegations including Botswana, Ghana, Togo, UNSD and WHO intervened and highlighted in particular the need for harmonized legal framework and dissemination policies between CRVS and national statistics, including at the sector level; underlined that IT solutions will be key to improve data collection and harmonisation; and argued that reliable and complete administrative data can help reducing the need for costly and resource consuming censuses.
Event concept note
Video Make Everyone Count/ Chacun compte