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IDB as a key partner to promote Caribbean Civil Registration & Identity Management

IDB | 2016-06-21 00:00:00

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will participate as a key partner at the Caribbean Civil Registration and Identity Management Conference (CCRIM). The event will take place at the Montego Bay Conference Center in Jamaica on July 6-8, 2016. This is the first opportunity where regional and local officials headed by the Prime Minister of Jamaica will congregate together with the region’s leadership in civil registry and wider stakeholders and establish a formalized association.

Some of the main objectives of the conference will be to: (i) share the best practices for civil registration across the Caribbean sub-region, both in terms of high level strategic policies as well as operational practices; (ii) look into comprehensive national identity policies to support decision-making tools; and (iii) promote the standardization of data collection protocols to facilitate ongoing dialogue about common issues.

The IDB’S Approach

Civil Registration and Identity Management can be very challenging in our region. Approximately 8% of children under 5 years old are unregistered, while worldwide 230 million children under five haven’t been registered at birth. That means that 1 of 3 children do not have any identification.

Geographic barriers, poverty, lack of education, lack of political awareness and priorities, lack of investment and knowledge about the importance of a legal identity, cultural and ethnic resistance, as well as exclusionary practices and political conflicts; all contribute to under-documentation of children and adults.

Effective and universal civil registration allows for reliable vital statistics that form the basis for establishing better public policies and programs that lead to a more inclusive society. Furthermore, effective and universal civil registration is the foundation that allows the unique, legal identity of all its citizens, which is necessary for accessing all other rights and benefits such as school enrollment, health services, marriage, voting, banking, and inheriting, among others.

Since 2002, the IDB has funded projects to promote a culture of efficient and timely birth registration in the region, by strengthening the civil registry institutions, and national and regional dialogues with the government. The Bank has also conducted research to qualify and quantify under-reporting and lack of documentation, and there is already a number of publications available.

The IDB's goal is to continue to support the improvement and modernization of the Civil Registry and National Identification Systems in Latin America and the Caribbean, through initiatives focused on timely birth registration and access to a unique and legal identity for all citizens and residents. This will improve efficiency, effectiveness and quality of the civil registry and identification services, in order to enhance an adequate use of information, facilitate access to programs and reduce transactional cost in delivery of public and private services.

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