The long-term vision for CRVS digitisation sets out a desired future state for CRVS that can specifically be achieved through the use of digital technologies. Aligned with the CRVS Strategic Plan, the long-term vision will be based on high-level needs and will set the direction for the CRVS digitisation project.



The Ministerial Statement of the Second Conference of African Ministers Responsible for Civil Registration, Durban 2012, made a commitment to “develop costed national plans of action on CRVS that reflect individual country priorities based on comprehensive assessments”

Review existing strategy and planning documents, where available, as input for the development of the long-term vision for CRVS digitisation, for example:

  • CRVS Comprehensive Assessment
  • CRVS Strategic Plan (mandatory before beginning the digitisation process)
  • eGovernment Strategy
  • eHealth Strategy

Identify discrete elements of these strategies where long term goals can be achieved (at least in part) through the use of technology. These long-term digitisation goals, together, comprise the long-term vision for CRVS digitisation (see table below). Each long-term digitisation goal should be listed in order of priority and achievability, clearly identifying an expected timeframe in which it will be realised. If the CRVS Strategic Plan is expected to be realised over a 10-year period, the long-term digitisation goals should be realistically distributed over this period.

The broader vision for CRVS will be realised through the implementation of CRVS digitisation together with other initiatives within the CRVS strategic plan e.g. capacity building, legal and policy reform.

Long-Term Digitisation Goal Timeframe (expected)

Simplification of operational processes through the use of a digital CRVS system


Annual vital statistics reports compiled from central CRVS database


Civil Registration services available to citizens within the community


All civil registration records digitised in a central repository (including historical records)


Real time monitoring of registration levels and service provision


Civil registration provided through multiple sources (e.g. health, education)


Registration records shared between health and civil registration systems


Real time vital statistics data available to authorised parties for analysis


Vital event registration as a primary source of data for all national registration systems e.g. National Population Register, National ID.


CRVS Digitisation Long Term Vision


Share the long-term vision for CRVS digitisation with relevant stakeholders to ensure alignment with other initiatives within the CRVS Strategic Plan and other national planning initiatives.