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Getting an identity card: thanks to Italian Cooperation and UNICEF one million children will be registered in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, AUGUST 28 – Getting an identity card – a practice often taken for granted in many parts of the world – is extremely rare in in Ethiopia, where, according to UNICEF data, only 7% of children is registered on national scale. The situation is even more serious in some regions, such as Oromia, where only 2% of children is registered. Birth registration is the first step in recognizing an individual within the society, enabling access to basic services and protecting people from abuse and violence. In addition, birth registration, saving people from anonimity and invisibility, is an essential element in each country for effective policy strategies and good governance.

In this context, Italy decided to intervene, through the initiative “Identification for Development”, proposed and carried out by UNICEF, financed by the AICS Office of Addis Ababa and implemented by VERA SNNPR and VERA Oromia, regional bureaus responsible for Civil Registrations.

The initiative will benefit 1 million Ethiopian children, with the goal of making their lives safer and protecting their rights. Firstly, institutional technical capacities in conducting and coordinating effective registrations will be improved. Secondly, a digital system of data and information management will be set up. Finally, inter-institutional collaboration will be fostered and the monitoring of registrations will be strengthened thanks to the creation of coordination groups and through the training of the health personnel.

On August 22th, 2017, the initiative of birth registrations in Oromia Region has been launched, in the presence of Ginevra Letizia, Head of AICS Addis Ababa Office, and Gillian Mellsop, UNICEF Representative to Ethiopia.

On this occasion, Miss Letizia stated: “The Italian Agency for Development Cooperation strongly believes in the importance to contribute to children’s right to identity through the improvement and standardization of the Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) system, in order to protect them from violence, abuse, exploitation and ensure their access to basic services. Children represent the future, and only by strengthening their rights, Italy will play a major role in supporting the development of Ethiopia and in turning challenges into growth and social improvement. (@OnuItalia)

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Alessandra Baldini e’ stata la prima donna giornalista parlamentare per l’Ansa, poi corrispondente a Washington e responsabile degli uffici Ansa di New York e Londra. Dirige OnuItalia.

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1 Comment on Getting an identity card: thanks to Italian Cooperation and UNICEF one million children will be registered in Ethiopia

  1. “Getting an identity card – a practice often taken for granted in many parts of the world – is extremely rare in in Ethiopia.”
    On the surface of it the above statement sounds reasonable. But remember the ruling party in Ethiopia ALWAYS has political motives behind its policy or practices. Let me explain; following elections 2005 thousands of “health technicians” were quickly trained and fanned to rural areas. The plan had dual purposes of registering and reporting households that did not vote for the ruling party. Hence, current drive for “identity card” it should give us a hint that the ruling party is merely planning ahead to extend its hold on SNNR and Oromia regions.

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