BRiE Advocacy


Desk Review





The importance of BRiE is clear, don't wait for an emergency to happen to see how the CRVS system is affected. There are a number of steps that can be taken to effectively prepare for BRiE and minimise the scale of impact on the CRVS system.

In this step, you will:

  • Conduct a desk review (4 days desk based)
  • Support the development of a continuity plan to ensure civil registration services resume as quickly as possible after an emergency. (ongoing)
  • Improve awareness around the importance of BRiE (0.5 day meeting)


Step 1

Complete the Desk Review to understand the current birth registration system and CRVS landscape. This is a great way to start engagement with key BRiE actors.

Step 2

Work with the authorities responsible for CRVS to assess the potential impact an emergency (both sudden and slow onset) would have on the CRVS system and support the registration authority to develop a continuity plan to ensure that the system can continue to function in any small or large scale emergency.

Use the BRiE Continuity Plan Template as a guide for discussion and documentation.  This should form key actions to be included in all disaster risk management planning.

NB. A continuity plan is not a static document. It will evolve over time as practices evolve, new risks emerge, and preparations change. Ensure that the BRiE continuity plan has a clearly defined review cycle.


Step 3

Convene a BRiE stakeholder meeting to:

  • Introduce BRiE as a concept and why it is important.
  • Present and review the BRiE continuity plan.
  • Identify areas for future BRiE collaboration. These might include:
    • Ensuring birth registration is included in local, provincial, and national level disaster management plans
    • Review and update SoPs for times of emergency.
    • Address issues in the legal and policy framework that might prevent effective BRiE.
    • See BRiE Advocacy Guide for guidance.
    • Gaining government agreement for waiving/amending registration time periods, fees, fines, and associated court proceedings.
    • Support government to identify, legalise, and train alternative community based registers (i.e. midwives) who can verify, register, and certify births during an emergency.
    • Outline clear roles and responsibilities for promoting and responding to birth registration in emergencies.
    • Include a birth registration question in household surveys and needs assessments conducted pre and post emergency.  See sample questions below.

Step 4

Work with BRiE partners to implement identified BRiE resilience measures.  Please remember that such activities should ideally be incorporated into existing DRR initiatives.  

Sample questions

Have all the children in your household had their births registered? 

  • Yes and I can show the birth certificate(s)
  • Yes but I can't show the birth certificate(s) because they were destroyed/damaged/lost as a result of the emergency
  • Yes but I can't show the birth certificate(s) because I didn’t have copy(ies) prior to the emergency
  • No, because I don’t know what birth registration is
  • No, because I didn’t see the need for birth registration
  • No, because I didn't complete the process
  • No, I tried but was denied
  • Other (text box)

Which best describes your household’s situation?

  • You have had trouble accessing assistance for your children because you don't have a copy of their birth certificate
  • You have had trouble accessing assistance for your children because you don’t have another type of identity document (i.e. family ID card/household ID card)*
  • You have NOT had any trouble accessing assistance for your child/ren due to lack of identify documents (birth certificate and/or family card)

*If another type of identity document is being used to access assistance in your context please insert the name of the card here.