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Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) is a fundamental data collection system for countries and a critical enabler of access to services and participation in civic life for individuals. However, women face unique barriers to accessing CRVS systems, including distance, cost, and regulations that place demands on women for documentation not required from men.
CRVS is also a critical link to legal identification. Women without IDs cannot open a bank account, access credit, vote, or inherit property. They cannot take advantage of economic opportunities and exercise their rights as citizens.
Experts from CGD, Data2X, and the World Bank Group will discuss what the data tells us about gender gaps in CRVS and other forms of legal identification, and how we can address these gaps. What are the gender-based barriers to accessing these systems and what can be done to remove them? What are the effects of women’s under-registration, for women themselves, their children, and for national-level data collection? And what types of interventions work to remove barriers to registration?
The Center for Global Development and the Institute for International Economics launched the new book, Delivering on Debt Relief: From IMF Gold to a New Aid Architecture by Nancy Birdsall and John Williamson with Brian Deese.
Center for Global Development non-resident fellow and professor at the Kennedy School of Government Lant Pritchett and Harvard University Professor Michael Woolcock presented "Solutions when the Solution is the Problem: Arraying the Disarray in Development."
In the run-up to the UN Conference on Financing for Development in Monterrey, Mexico, CGD hosted a two-part conference. Part One was Financing for Development: Regional Challenges and the Regional Development Banks. Part Two was New Proposals On Financing For Development.
CGD hosted a book presentation by William Easterly, author of The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists' Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics in discussion with Ricardo Hausmann, Professor of Economic Development, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.