venerdì 19 dicembre 2014

Signed the Cooperation agreement between the Government of Malawi and the Community of Sant'Egidio to implement BRAVO! in the Country

On December 5th, in Lilongwe, the Interior Minister of Malawi and the Community of Sant’Egidio signed the memorandum of Understanding for the implementation of the BRAVO! Program in Malawi during an official ceremony attended by many officials, members of the National Registration Bureau and Malawian representatives of the Community of Sant’Egidio.

The registration of births, marriages and deaths in Malawi is compulsory by the National Registration Act of 2010. Now the Government wants to implement it with the support of stakeholders working for the promotion of fundamental rights, and in particular the rights of children.

It is estimated that only 10% of the population hold the birth certificate. This agreement is therefore an important step forward for Malawi. For the newly elected President, Peter Mutarika, the civil registration is a priority, and he put it  among the programmatic points of the presidency during the assignment speech.

Since many years the Community of Sant’Egidio included the birth registration among the actions for the protection of thousands of children, that are helped through the DREAM Program, the School of Peace, the distance adoptions throughout Malawi, to ensure to all the legal identity and to defend them from human trafficking, child labour, early marriage and all form of exploitation.

The BRAVO! Program will support the registration of the whole population of Malawi, starting from the rural district of Balaka. The Program has shown in recent years, in Burkina Faso and Mozambique, to have developed an effective strategy to reach people living in villages. Indeed, BRAVO! is considered a best practice at continental level also for being able to deal successfully with one of the most problematic issue of the African states: the registration of the population living in rural areas.

giovedì 27 novembre 2014

South Africa Statistics and BRAVO!: Civil registration experiences

BRAVO! and South Africa Statistics
On invitation of the South Africa Statistics (SSA), a delegation of the BRAVO! Programme visited South Africa from 15 to 17 September 2014. The invitation comes after the 9th Africa Symposia on Statistical Development, where BRAVO! representatives presented their experience about their work. BRAVO! has been recognized as a best practice inside the Africa Programme on Accelerated Improvement of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (APAI-CRVS) of the Economic Commission for Africa of the United Nations (UNECA)  having achieved excellent results in the improvement of the birth registrations in Mozambique and Burkina Faso.

The presentation of BRAVO!
to the South Africa Statistics representatives
The visit has been the opportunity for the South Africa Statistics to present all the aspects of the operation of civil registration in South Africa: from modernization of identification process to the crucial role of health, from the production of the statistics to the registration through mobile devices, as well as the operation of the processes concerning registration of marriages and divorces, adoptions and deaths.

Visit to the Statistics Data Center
of the South Africa Statistics
The delegation was also invited to visit the Statistics Data Center of the country, the civil registration offices and the maternity where the South African population can register their children.

Visit to a Maternity where children can be registered
The official visit ended with a meeting with the Deputy General Director of the South Africa Statistics, Dr. Risenga Maluleke, who expressed great appreciation for the BRAVO! Programme.
The meeting also opened new perspectives of collaboration.
The South Africa Statistics newsletter of the Institute of Statistics shows the results of the visit, especially the importance of collaboration between South Africa and Mozambique, and the ability to reproduce the method used by the BRAVO! Programme in rural areas for the civil registration.

Click here to download the newsletter (page 8)

martedì 26 agosto 2014

Rwanda Adopts Web-Based Application for Civil Registration

The government of Rwanda has launched online registration for newborns, deaths, marriages and divorces, as a way of consolidating the country's statistics and coming up with timely and accurate figures.
The pilot project of the web-based application... read more
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