Identifying and addressing risks to children in digital birth registration systems

This document provides guidance on identifying and mitigating these risks for implementing government agencies and their partners operating in low- and middle-income countries. It expands on the model of DBR developed by Plan International as part of its Count Every Child initiative and within the context of strengthening civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems more broadly.

DBR Risk Assessment Tool

Included in the paper and as a standalone document is the DBR risk assessment tool. Digital technologies have the potential to expand the reach and benefits of birth registration. However, digitisation also brings child protection risks.

The tool helps you understand and address those risks. The tool provides:

  1. checklists of likely risk factors
  2. example risk mitigation mechanisms for each
  3. prompts to develop context-based responses.

The significance of risks depends on the digital birth registration (DBR) system’s context and design. Consider the risks and mitigations described in this tool together with other assessment and evaluation mechanisms. Adapt this tool to fit your needs.

Who should use the tool

Plan staff and/or other assessors should complete this tool. It can be completed by an individual or a group, e.g., in a workshop setting.

How to use the tool

The tool is split into stages based on when you are engaging with a DBR effort.