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Identifying and addressing risks to children in DBR systems

Overview

Identifying and addressing risks to children in digital birth registration systems: A step-by-step guide

Incorporating digital technologies in birth registration processes holds important potential for expanding the reach of registration and its benefits. This potential is beginning to be realised in a few countries. As countries expand their e-government capacities, digitised birth registration (DBR) may support governments in fulfilling their responsibility for civil registration and the provision of vital statistics.

This document provides guidance on identifying and mitigating these risks for implementing government agencies and their partners operating in low- and middle-income countries. It expands on the model of DBR developed by Plan International as part of its Count Every Child initiative and within the context of strengthening civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems more broadly.

Digital Birth Registration Risk Assessment Tool

Included in the paper and as a standalone document is the DBR risk assessment tool. Digital technologies have the potential to expand the reach and benefits of birth registration. However, digitisation also brings child protection risks.

The tool helps you understand and address those risks. The tool provides:

  • checklists of likely risk factors
  • example risk mitigation mechanisms for each
  • prompts to develop context-based responses.

The significance of risks depends on the digital birth registration (DBR) system’s context and design. Consider the risks and mitigations described in this tool together with other assessment and evaluation mechanisms. Adapt this tool to fit your needs.

Who should use the tool

Plan staff and/or other assessors should complete this tool. It can be completed by an individual or a group, e.g., in a workshop setting.