Civil Status for all
This programme revolves around three objectives
♣ Raising awareness among the local population and communities regarding the importance and stakes involved in registration from birth.
♣ Developing international advocacy in favour of universal registration of births.
♣ Supporting local initiatives in favour of the declaration of births and regularisation of birth certificates.
The projects of the programme
Reinforcement of the automatic declaration of births within the legal deadline provided by law.
National legislations provide a time limit during which the registration of the birth is free after giving birth. Despite this gratuity, it must be concluded that these registrations are not automatic. Several initiatives nevertheless contribute to the automation of this registration and an increase in the number of children registered with civil status. The interoperability between health care centres and civil-status registries therefore emerges as one of the key factors driving significant change. Once a civil-status registry is opened in a maternity ward, the mothers are thus able to directly declare their children after birth and no longer need to travel. Similarly, post-natal visits constitute an opportunity to carry out this declaration, which may not have been done after the birth.
Regularisation of undeclared children within the legal time limits for obtaining civil status.
When a child has not been declared within the legal time limits, only a supplementary ruling delivered by a court can regularise their situation and the costs for this vary, depending on the country. Setting up mobile court hearings decentralises the law, through visits to villages to register children en masse for civil status over several days. These sessions are effective, since they enable birth certificates to be automatically provided to children at no additional cost, and these are required in order to attend intermediate school.
Advocacy among communities and training of staff to legally undertake birth registrations.
Advocacy among parents, village chiefs, cultural and religious leaders regarding the importance of birth declarations and training civil status agents are some of the essential actions needed to increase registration rates and raise awareness of its fundamental value.
The use of technology to further the provision of civil status.
Investment in the equipment and facilities of civil-status centres as well as the digitisation of acts, the centralisation of data, enable the services to be better coordinated and provide access for the most remote populations, ensuring faster, safer registrations, as well as guaranteeing the safe and reliable conservation of the documents.
AMADE, through the Tech4Child initiative, identifies and supports the development of mobile applications or technological innovations encouraging the declaration and regularisation of births.
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