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Birth registration and children's rights

Birth registration and children's rights

Overview

Birth registration and children's rights: A complex story

Plan International’s research in India, Kenya, Sierra Leone and Vietnam reveals the results of an investigation into the impact of birth registration. What emerges is a complex picture of the interrelationship between children’s rights and birth registration.

Birth registration is a fundamental right of all children and a basic function of all modern governments. Given the extensive anticipated benefits of birth registration, there has been increasing interest from development organisations in implementing programmes on birth registration in countries with low rates of registration. However, there is a significant lack of empirical research that explores the effects of birth registration, and if and how it benefits children in practice.

The report makes a series of important recommendations for governments and development partners.