Updated Jul 13, 2020

OpenCRVS - a global solution to civil registration

www.opencrvs.org

Kelsey Wilson

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We are on a mission to ensure that every individual on the planet is recognised, protected and provided for from birth.

OpenCRVS is an open source, digital CRVS system, freely available to governments around the world. It’s a trusted tool to register births, deaths and query when someone wants to check an individual's age. OpenCRVS will cover all the generic functionalities and business processes of a CRVS system as per the UN Principles and Recommendations, and goes further by including rights-based applica...
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OpenCRVS is an open source, digital CRVS system, freely available to governments around the world. It’s a trusted tool to register births, deaths and query when someone wants to check an individual's age. OpenCRVS will cover all the generic functionalities and business processes of a CRVS system as per the UN Principles and Recommendations, and goes further by including rights-based applications of civil registration such as age verification (for marriage) and gendered data visualisations of civil registration data. OpenCRVS has had upfront investment to ensure it can work within existing eGovernment setups and be fully inter-operable with other government systems e.g. health systems and National ID. It is also: - User friendly, designed with and for the people it serves - Safe and secure using best practice security features - Rights-based, empowering all individuals to access their human rights - Accessible and inclusive extending registration coverage to the marginalised and hard to reach Additional features: - Live Gendered Data Visualization Dashboards recording cause of death information can support the development of gender based violence prevention resource allocation and policy design. - The new application module, AgeVerify works by checking birth records in OpenCRVS - providing an instant confirmation of age and eligibility for marriage. Data captured using AgeVerify is invaluable for planning and protection purposes.
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Stage 3: Proof of Concept

- Delivered Proof of Concept with the Government of Bangladesh and now undertaking a pilot in two sub districts of Bangladesh. Interest from other governments solicited. - AgeVerify application built and tested in Zambia - Gender Dashboards built

Focus Areas:

Gender-based Violence, Digital Development, Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance and 1 MoreSEE ALL

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Implemented In:

Zambia and Bangladesh

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Countries Implemented In
2
Customers
5
Employees
$1,090,271
Funds Raised to Date

Problem

Birth registration is a fundamental right, yet over 230 million children under age 5 remain unregistered. In parts of South Asia, as few as one in three births are registered. Unregistered, children are invisible and excluded from social protection. Through 20 years of birth registration experience, we identified lack of suitable software as a key bottleneck to universal birth registration. In designing this solution, we have also addressed death registration and marriage registration problems.

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Solution

Incubated in Plan International, OpenCRVS is an open-source digital Civil Registration solution that’s free to use, adaptable to country contexts, interoperable with government systems (e.g. health and ID), and rights-based to ensure it protects those most vulnerable. We have partnered with registration authorities, leading health system providers, expert software developers, and communities to design and build a global digital product that will serve the needs of end users.

Target Beneficiaries

All children requiring birth registration, civil registration agents and those registering births. All deaths requiring registration, including Cause of Death information. All potential children that would have been married underage had their age not been captured and verified. Women at risk of GBV as communities can be monitored for GBV related Cause of Death info, allowing targeted approaches.

Mission and Vision

We are on a mission to ensure every individual on the planet is recognised, protected and provided for from birth. Our vision is that OpenCRVS is the gold-standard, go to digital civil registration tool for governments and low resource settings.

Competitive Advantage

Technically superior to all other solutions available for low resource settings. Designed according to Digital Principles for Development and for performance at scale and easy deployment. Other systems on the market are subject to vendor lock in, inaccessible in low resource settings, difficult to use, and not interoperable with wider e-Government systems. Governments of developing countries are approaching OpenCRVS for customisation and implementation, proving we meet their needs above others.

Planned Goals and Milestones

- Developed AgeVerify, the Age Verification application of OpenCRVS in Zambia to verify the age of possible bride/bridegrooms and contribute to the prevention of child marriage. - Pilot in Bangladesh: OpenCRVS high priority functionality is built and system functionality and usability are being tested and provided in two pilot districts in Bangladesh. Successful piloting will pave the way for national level roll-out of OpenCRVS. - Maintain and sustain OpenCRVS as a digital public good
Funding Goal3,255,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted1,000,000
New Implemented CountriesBangladesh, Zambia
Recruit•CEO / Business Development / Product management •CFO / Operations / Marketing & Comms •Head of Product •Design Lead •Technical Architect •Full Stack Developer
New FeatureGender Visualization Dashboards (to prevent GBV), AgeVerify application (to prevent child marriage)

The Team Behind the Innovation

The OpenCRVS project is being led by Plan International’s Birth Registration Innovation Team with fundraising and technical assistance coming from Plan International Australia and implementation support coming from Plan International Bangladesh. The OpenCRVS core team is made up of the following high-performing individuals: Edward Duffus (Founder and Product Manager) Annina Wersun (Product Owner) Euan Millar (Technical Architect) Jonathan Pye-Finch (Lead Designer) Sophie Shugg (Child Rights Advisor)

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN

Milestone

Oct 2019
New Country Implemented In
Zambia
Oct 2019
New Product Or Service
AgeVerify
Mar 2019
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
Mar 2017
Created
Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In
Bangladesh

Supporting Materials

OpenCRVS-Overview-Pitch-Doc.pdf