The purpose of this research is to;
a. Inform programme design work to support the development of censuses in South Asia.
b. Examine evidence on civil registration as an ongoing issue in South Asia to potentially identify from evidence where there is an opportunity for DFID to make a real difference to those who have no form of registration. Further, where due to the complicated nature of factors surrounding civil registration the time might not be right for an intervention.
It is ironic that two major data intensive enterprises—national Civil Registration & Vital Statistics (CRVS) systems and population & health observatories such as Health and Demographic Surveillance Systems (HDSS) or Sample Vital Registration with Verbal Autopsy (SAVVY) systems monitor the same vital events (births, deaths, and causes of death) among the same populations in the same countries yet rarely collaborate, remain largely unknown to each other, and analyse and utilise their data in different ways and for different purposes.
In modern society, the possession of a personal official identification (ID) is critical to an individual’s access to government services, and social and economic programs. From voting to receipt of social benefits, the possession of an official ID determines whether or not an individual may fully exercise his or her rights as a citizen. For low- and middle-income countries, the widespread lack of such an ID is a significant stumbling block to economic growth and the development of solid social protection.