Who and Where are the Uncounted Children?: Inequalities in birth certificate coverage among children under five years in 94 countries using nationally representative household surveys

A birth certificate is proof of identity, age, and family relationships of a child. It also confirms that a child’s birth has been registered, and allows an individual to make claims of nationality. Hence, it is crucial to possess a birth certificate in order to be able to benefit from government schemes, open a bank account, travel, and vote. A birth certificate does not guarantee children protection, but it can help protect children from abuse and exploitation. 

This study explores birth certificate and birth registration coverage and inequalities in 94 countries across the world. 

Published 2020-10-27

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