When to consider a BRiE intervention
Rebuilding birth registration systems is not life-saving and should not be prioritised within the first phases of a humanitarian response. However, birth registration is integral to a country's recovery to ensure children affected by the emergency can access their basic rights and children born into emergencies are not denied their right to birth registration, to a name, and to acquire a nationality.
Birth registration systems need to be routinely reviewed, revised, and adapted to ensure the continuation of services before, during, and after an emergency.
Birth Registration systems must be built to withstand shock; ensuring infrastructure, policies, processes, and procedures are resilient, e.g. birth registration incorporated into disaster risk management plans, emergency birth registration SoPs developed, and regional birth registration agreements adopted to reduce the risk of statelessness.
Birth Registration systems are commonly disrupted or destroyed by disasters and/or conflicts. It will not be business as usual after an emergency, pre-existing weaknesses will have magnified and new challenges emerged.
Within the broader humanitarian response framework, the current birth registration system must be analysed and existing laws, policies, and/or procedures amended to reflect birth registration needs and identified opportunities for system strengthening within the current context. This should be done in collaboration with key stakeholders (governments, parents, children, community leaders, child protection/health/education CBO's and CSO's, CRVS steering committees, child protection and health clusters/working groups, UNICEF, UNHCR, regional bodies, etc) at the district, national, and regional level.
If you are currently responding to an emergency and want to conduct BRiE activities, go to Analyse 2: Assess the Need for a Response to get started.
All BRiE activities must be monitored, evaluated, and documented so that lessons can be learned and improvements can be made. System and/or service improvements developed during the emergency should be legally incorporated into the National CRVS system to increase its resilience.