United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)


United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
United Nations Population Division
Institute on Inequalities in Global Health, University of Southern California
Louvain University (UCL)
Vital Strategies

IUSSP Secretariat

International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP)

Council Liaison


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. 


Programme of activities

Population, Ethics, and Human Rights Fellowship


Press release: IUSSP expands collaborations on population register systems, ethics and human rights 

7 July 2022

Watch IPC2021 session on Emerging Ethics and Human Rights Issues in the Digitization of Population Register Systems

10 December 2021


Publication: Special issue in Genus: “Population perspectives and demographic methods to strengthen Civil Registration and Vital Statistics systems”.

The open-access collection includes 11 papers, including an introduction by Romesh Silva, the guest editor of the special issue. Six of the papers were authored by 'IUSSP-CRVS' fellows and three by members of the IUSSP Panel.

The collection was launched at IPC2021 in a Research Leader Session.


Publication by 'IUSSP-CRVS' fellow: Habaasa, Gilbert. The contribution of social norms and religious practices towards low death registration in 3 HDSS sites of Uganda. BMC Health Services Research volume 22, 1219 (2022).


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
IPC2021 - Research Leader Session 164 : Launch of Genus Thematic Series on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems
9 December at 16:00 UTC
IPC2021 - Session 165: Emerging Ethics and Human Rights Issues in the Digitization of Population Register Systems
10 December at 16:00 UTC

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