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Monday, 25 Jan 2021

Qualitative inequality assessments for CVRS systems: "Our Bali Process Toolkit Experience"

25 January 2021


On 25 January 2021, the Regional Support Office of the Bali Process (RSO) shared its experience working with Bali Process Member States on the development and implementation of the Bali Process Civil Registration Toolkit (the Toolkit) in the first part of the Webinar Series on the Qualitative Inequality Assessments for CRVS Systems organized by the UN-ESCAP.


In this Webinar, national experts from Pakistan, Thailand, and Vietnam discussed how the Toolkit had been piloted in each country to assess gaps in legislation, policy, and procedures concerning the civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) system. Representatives from the RSO and the UNHCR Regional Bureau for Asia and Pacific discussed the joint endeavor of the Toolkit’s development with the support of Bali Process Member States and future application of the Toolkit in UN-ESCAP Member States.


CRVS is the continuous, permanent, compulsory, and universal recording of the occurrence and characteristics of vital events, such as death, birth, and marriage of the population according to the law.


At the sixth Ministerial Meeting in 2016, Bali Process Member States acknowledged the importance of civil registration for inclusive policy-making for the development and protection of the most vulnerable individuals (such as refugees, asylum-seekers, stateless persons, persons of undetermined nationality, undocumented persons) and for tracking migration flows.


Subsequently, in 2016, the RSO convened the First Technical Advisory Group (TAG) composed of officials from Bangladesh, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Thailand, and UNHCR on the Toolkit’s development that would allow interested Member States to evaluate and improve CRVS in the respective territory. The UNHCR has been entrusted to assist the RSO in developing and implementing the Bali Process Civil Registration Toolkit.


Beginning in 2018, the draft Toolkit was piloted in Thailand, with new pilots commenced in Pakistan, and Vietnam in 2020/21.The RSO, jointly with the UNHCR, will coordinate and support sharing experiences among and between States that have piloted the Toolkit as well as interested States to reinforce its practicality towards the universal civil registration effort of members of the Bali Process as well as the UN-ESCAP.


For more information about the Webinar, please visit .