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Population Perspectives and Demographic Methods to Strengthen Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems

Chair (s) 
Romesh Silva (United Nations Population Fund)
Karen Carter (United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF))
Irina Dincu (International Development Research Centre (IDRC))
Patrick Gerland (United Nations)
Sofia Gruskin (University of Southern California)
Everton Lima (UNICAMP)
Bruno Masquelier (Louvain University (UCL))
Philip W. Setel (Vital Strategies)
Council Liaison 
France Meslé (Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED))
IUSSP Secretariat 
Paul Monet (International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP))
Terms of Reference: 

The enhancement of CRVS systems is widely recognized as crucial to the calls for inclusive development (i.e. to “leave no one behind”) as part of the 2030 agenda and evidence-based monitoring of population-based targets tied to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This Panel proposes to continue the work of its predecessor – the Panel on Innovations for Strengthening CRVS Systems (2015-2018) – and aims to:


  • enhance ongoing efforts to improve CRVS systems by leveraging the technical expertise of the international demography community, and


  • facilitate the adaptation and usage of the principles, methods and materials of demography to current efforts to improve civil registration processes and the production of vital statistics from incomplete/deficient civil registration systems. 



Report for the 2021 IUSSP General Assembly


IUSSP CRVS Fellows Program

Two sessions on "The Contributions of Census and Civil Registration Data" at the International Conference on Demographic Challenges in Africa organized by DEMOSTAF (Demography Statistics for Africa)
Paris, France, 16-18 October 2019

Session on Emerging issues in CRVS and ID at the 8th African Population Conference, organized by the Union for African Population Studies (UAPS)
Entebbe, Uganda, 18-22 November 2019.

Zoom, 23-26 April 2020
Zoom, 10 June 2020
Webinar: Quantifying COVID-19-related Excess Mortality in Latin America:  Demographic Analyses of Death Registration Data in Latin America
Zoom, 17 July 2020
Presentations of advanced drafts to be submitted to Genus Thematic Series
Online, 11 and 25 September, 9 and 23 October 2020


Funding: This project's activities are supported through a grant from Global Affairs Canada and the International Development Research Centre, Ottawa, Canada.