Assess the need for Response

Analyse 2


The emergency has happened and experience tells us that birth registration services are likely to be unavailable or inadequate. 

In order to determine whether there is a need for a BRiE intervention, you first need to assess the impact the emergency has had on the current birth registration system.  This will be done through a multi-sector assessment that promotes shared responsibility for BRIE.

In this step, you will:

  • Identify BRiE stakeholders
  • Understand birth registration needs (2 days of consultations)
  • Document impacts to the current system (0.5 day desk based)
  • Determine if a BRiE intervention is required (0.5 day meeting)

If you have not completed Analyse 1. Prepare for BRiE, complete the Desk Review in order to build an understanding of the birth registration system and CRVS landscape.


Step 1

Identify key CRVS and emergency stakeholders to be involved in assessing the need for BRiE. This will include the authority responsible for birth registration and other relevant stakeholders as identified in the desk review and depending on who is affected, e.g. IDP's, refugees, asylum seekers.   


In consultation with key BRiE stakeholders, identify potential birth registration needs:

  • Have any needs assessments been conducted that include information relating to birth registration? If so, what are the findings?
  • Are birth registration services being offered on an ongoing (continuous) or an ad hoc bases? If available, are parents/caregivers accessing these services post emergency?
  • Have birth registration records been lost, damaged or destroyed?
  • Have birth certificates been lost, damaged or destroyed? If yes, are they being re-issued and how?
  • Are people being denied access to assistance because they do not have a birth certificate or other documentation that relies on a birth certificate?
  • Are affected populations requesting birth registration services?
  • Could having a birth certificate in the country context potentially cause harm to a child?



Something that slows down the birth registration process


Something that prevents people from engaging in, or completing, the process

Identify and document bottlenecks and barriers in the birth registration system using the example as a guide; this will help you assess the impact of the emergency and identify priorities for BRIE.

Consider whether any of the problems listed in the Common bottlenecks and barriers post-emergency example are relevant in your context.


Step 5

In partnership with the authority responsible for birth registration, meet with relevant stakeholders to discuss and agree on whether there is a need for BRiE:

  • Review the problems (bottlenecks and barriers) that have been identified in the current birth registration system.
  • Discuss and agree on whether a BRiE response is required.
  • Identify which problems need to be prioritised based on need, impact, capacity, and available resources.
  • Define a clear problem statement that the BRiE intervention needs to resolve.
  • Identify who needs to be engaged in the designing and testing of the BRiE intervention. e.g. local registration staff, midwifes, pregnant and lactating women.
  • Identify any potential risks associated with a BRiE intervention and develop mitigation strategies i.e. protection risks. 
  • Get buy-in on the importance of BRiE and recognise it as a shared responsibility.

The importance of clearly defining the problem

Spend time to clearly define the problem(s) that exist and explain why they need to be addressed. By taking the time to fully understand and prioritise the issues, you will better be able to provide a targeted and realistic response.