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08 February 2021

Virtual meeting
Bangkok, Thailand

Open meeting

Stats Cafe no. 29

ESCAP Statistics Division, in collaboration with international and national organizations, is organizing a three-seminar series under the theme, “Inequalities in CRVS: Let’s really get every one in the picture!”. This seminar series aims to provide practical and clear guidance for countries in Asia and the Pacific on measuring the inequalities in CRVS with the ultimate goal of narrowing the gap in civil registration. Each seminar will comprise of a webinar which is open to all, and a subsequent Expert Group Meeting on the same topic which will be by invitation only.

This second webinar focused on using secondary sources to assess inequality in civil registration with speakers sharing their knowledge and experiences of using various data sources for assessing inequalities in civil registration.

Asia-Pacific Stats Café Series: Using secondary sources to assess inequality in civil registration
Petra Nahmias
Petra Nahmias
Chief, Population and Social Statistics Section, Statistics Division, ESCAP
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Petra Nahmias is Chief of the Population and Social Statistics Section at UNESCAP, having recently taken up this role. She previously led the statistics team at UNHCR, working on a wide variety of statistical and demographic issues related to forced displacement and statelessness. A sociologist-demographer by training, she has further experience in both the international and national statistical systems including the United Nations Population Division, the UK Department for International Development and the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics.

Srdjan Mrkić
Srdjan Mrkić
Chief, Demographic Statistics Section, United Nations Statistics Division
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Part 1: Population and Housing Censuses

Ms Thirakha Chanthalanouvong
Thirakha Chanthalanouvong
Director General, Social Statistics Department, Lao Statistics Bureau
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Part 2: Household surveys

Jay Vasudevan
Jay Vasudevan
United Nations Children's Fund, Regional Office for East Asia and the Pacific
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Part 2: Household surveys

Chalapati Rao
Chalapati Rao
Honorary Associate Professor Australian National University
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Part 3: Administrative data

James Eynstone-Hinkins
James Eynstone-Hinkins
A/g Program Manager, Health and Disability Statistics Branch, Australian Bureau of Statistics
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Part 3: Administrative data

Lauren Moran
Lauren Moran
Assistant Director, Mortality Data Centre Health and Vital Statistics Section, Australian Bureau of Statistics
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Part 3: Administrative data

Olga Joos
Olga Joos
Technical Advisor/Project Coordinator, Global Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Team, National Center for Health Statistics, CDC Foundation
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Part 4: Sample surveillance/registration sites

Don de Savigny
Don de Savigny
Professor of Health Systems and Policies Research, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Basel
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Part 4: Sample surveillance/registration sites

Gloria Mathenge
Gloria Mathenge
Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Advisor, The Pacific Community
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Discussant for part 1 and 2

Carla AbouZahr
Carla AbouZahr
CRVS Country Adviser, Vital Strategies
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Discussant for part 3 and 4

  Speakers
PPT
Part 1: Population and Housing Censuses
Assessing civil registration completeness using population and housing censuses Mr. Srdjan Mrkic, Chief, Demographic Statistics Section, United Nations Statistics Division
Part 2: Household surveys
Our experience with Lao Social Indicators Survey II 2017 Ms. Thirakha Chanthalanouvong, Director General, Social Statistics Department, Lao Statistics Bureau
Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) & Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) Mr. Jayachandran Vasudevan, Statistics and Monitoring Specialist, UNICEF Regional Office for East Asia and the Pacific
Discussant for part 1 and 2: Ms. Gloria Mathenge, Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Advisor, The Pacific Community
Part 3: Administrative data
Our experience with administrative records Mr. Chalapati Rao, Honorary Associate Professor, Australian National University
Data linkage as a mechanism to confront, understand and enhance vital statistics Mr. James Eynstone-Hinkins, A/g Program Manager, Health and Disability Statistics Branch, Australian Bureau of Statistics and Ms. Lauren Moran, Assistant Director, Mortality Data, Centre Health and Vital Statistics Section, Australian Bureau of Statistics
Part 4: Sample surveillance/registration sites
Our experience with Sample Registration System Olga Joos, Technical Advisor/Project, Coordinator, Global Civil - Registration and Vital Statistics Team, National Center for Health Statistics, CDC Foundation
Our experience with Health and Demographic Surveillance Sites Speaker 2: Mr. Don de Savigny, Professor of Health Systems and Policies Research, Swiss - Tropical and Public Health Institute, Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Basel
Discussant for part 3 and 4: Ms. Carla AbouZahr, CRVS Country Adviser, Vital Strategies

The Virtual Experts’ Group meeting on using secondary sources to assess inequality in civil registration will take place on 11 and 12 February, 2021, 11:00 – 14:00 Bangkok time (GMT +7).

About the session

A well-functioning civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) system helps to ensure that every person has a legal identity, facilitating access to the benefits and protections of the State. Despite national and universal efforts to “get every one in the picture”, disparities in coverage of hard-to-reach and marginalized populations remain. Therefore, the Regional Action Framework on CRVS goes beyond the measurement of civil registration completeness at the national level and includes inequality assessment as part of the essential tools for achieving universal and well-functioning civil registration systems.

While many countries expressed willingness to undertake inequality assessments, they often struggle to understand how these should be undertaken, especially where capacity is low. The COVID-19 pandemic and the disparities in its impact have highlighted the importance of death registration to be able to measure and report on this. The pandemic underscored the importance of ensuring that CRVS systems are strengthened and improved, to respond better to any future pandemic, and have a better understanding of the ensuing mortality and morbidity. Assessing inequalities in civil registration is required to strengthen CRVS systems.

This session will hear experts discuss the secondary sources which might be used to assess inequality in civil registration. These sources can include population and housing censuses, household surveys and administrative data such as that from health and education information systems, health and demographic surveillance sites and sample registration sites. Sharing their experiences and perspectives, the session will explore questions such as:

  1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of the different data sources for assessing inequality in civil registration?
  2. What are the criteria for determining which data sources are the most appropriate, when are they appropriate to be used, which assumptions are made and do those assumptions hold?
  3. How may these data sources be improved to be a better resource for assessing inequality?

This is the second of a three-webinar series which will be conducted to provide vital inputs to the three associated Expert Group Meetings. The activities ultimately hope to provide practical and clear guidance for countries in Asia and the Pacific with lower capacity on filling the gap in inequalities in CRVS.

for more information, please contact

Statistics Division +66 2288 1234 [email protected]