Name Mobile Birth Registration
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Description Mobile phones can simplify basic administrative tasks such as birth registrations. Mobile phones can be used by regional administrators, local hospitals or village chiefs to register births to a central registration system and order birth certificates locally. This technology can be used to leapfrog paper-based administrative systems with all its drawbacks. These systems are often implemented in close collaboration with national telecommunication companies.
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Type System
Potential for reuse High
Open source Yes
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Plug & Play No
Outputs compatible with indicators from Official Statistics Yes
Status Implemented
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  • Education
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  • Health
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  • Social Development
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  • Social Protection & Labour
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  • Mobile Data Collection
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    Case Study Description One of the main barriers to birth registration is the lack of efficient communication between rural villages and national birth registration offices. Where records are kept at all, they are typically paper based – and are therefore easily lost, damaged or destroyed. Late registration, a common occurrence in many communities, creates additional burdens on both individuals and the state, as inaccuracy of information increases with longer delays in registration. Registering a birth often requires people to travel to their areas of nativity, which is an expensive venture both in terms of time and money. Given current patterns of rural-urban migration, people often end up going to the nearest registration point and giving false information, claiming to have been born in that area.
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    Created On 2014-04-12
    Updated On 2014-04-12
    Status Published
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