Any BRiE intervention must respect existing laws, strengthen existing systems, and be designed for sustainability. By mapping existing services, interactions, and current attitudes towards birth registration, future opportunities will be identified.  These opportunities will inform the design of the BRiE intervention.


Step 1

In order to identify potential locations and individuals that can support a BRiE intervention, map common interactions of pregnant and lactating women and girls (PLW and PLG). Use the Engagement Map Template (be sure to contextualise it!) and consider:

  • What services do PLW and PLG access i.e. ante-natal and post-natal care, vaccinations for children, food distribution etc.?
  • What measures are currently in place to ensure these services are available and accessible to populations vulnerable to exclusion, e.g. female headed households, PLW/PLG living with a disability, PLW/PLG without refugee registration?
  • How do PLW and PLG receive community information, e.g. community meetings, market days, religious gatherings?
  • Are any door-to-door services provided to PLW and PLG?

Step 2

Conduct key informant interviews:

Step 3

Identify any existing initiatives, directly or indirectly related to birth registration, which could provide an opportunity for a BRiE intervention, e.g. mHealth application being used to register mothers and newborns.

Step 4

By now, it should be clear who currently plays a role in birth registration and/or has the potential to support a BRiE initiative.  Reach out to these individuals and invite them to a design workshop.  The purpose of this workshop is to:

  • Analyse existing birth registration services (if any)
  • Identify potential birth registration service and communication points

Step 5

Conduct a full day workshop using the Design Workshop Guide.  The outputs of this workshop are:

  • A common understanding of, and demand for, birth registration services.
  • An annotated process map highlighting strengths and weaknesses of the current birth registration system.
  • A list of potential BRiE opportunities from existing engagements with PLW and PLG.
  • A list of the minimum requirements of any BRiE intervention, i.e. must respect registration laws, must reflect capacities of registration officers, must reflect ‘do no harm’ and ‘best interest’ principles.

User Centred Design

It is critical to design any BRiE intervention with input from a range of stakeholders i.e. those involved in, provide oversight of, or who will access the process. Consider the below statements throughout the BRiE process.
  • Develop context appropriate solutions informed by user needs. Include all user groups in planning, development, implementation and assessment.
  • Develop projects in an incremental and iterative manner. Design solutions that learn from and enhance existing workflows and plan for organizational adaptation.
  • Ensure solutions are sensitive to, and useful for, the most marginalized populations: women, children, those with disabilities, and those affected by conflict and disaster.
Principle 1: Design with the user, from the Principles for Digital Development