Canada’s International Development Research Centre has been chosen to host the new Centre of Excellence for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS), beginning in 2015-2016. Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank Group, announced the new centre during the 3rd UN International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Abba (July 13-16, 2015).
Canada sees strong CRVS as key to achieving results and accountability in improving women’s and children’s health around the world. This data helps developing country leaders to better allocate resources and track results in maternal, newborn, and child health.
The new centre will bring together data sets and promote sharing of CRVS knowledge, best practices, tools, and standards. Canada is contributing $16 million. This is part of Canada’s broader $200 million commitment to the Global Financing Facility, with $100 million of those funds dedicated to improving the quality of vital statistics in developing countries by 2030.