Civil registration systems as enablers of emergency response to the covid-19 crisis: Namibian Emergency Grant

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a high number of governments have provided unprecedented levels of assistance to citizens. This technical brief explains how Namibia was able to successfully execute its emergency program with remarkable efficiency, distributing a one-time benefit to 747,000 screened applicants, requiring only 72 hours to process each application. The case highlights the value of having invested in an integrated digital National Population Register, housing the Civil Registry and the ID Production System with a very high coverage, and linking it with other government electronic databases. Namibia was able to leverage these resources to enroll and screen applicants, rapidly cross-referencing digital records through an X-Road interoperability platform, and to pay beneficiaries through simple, accessible e-vouchers. The brief was published by UNECA with technical and financial support of the Centre of Excellence for CRVS Systems housed at International Development Research Centre, based in Ottawa, Canada, and part of a series of technical briefs documenting innovative or good approaches that have facilitated the continuous and universal registration of vital events in Africa and consequently mitigated the impact of COVID-19.

Themes: Beneficiary Identification, Targeting, Onboarding, COVID-19, Financial Inclusion