SENEGAL : Support programme to strengthen the civil registration information system and consolidation of a national biometric identification database

Civil registration is one of the foundations of a modern state and a basic right of its citizens. The Third Conference of Ministers Responsible for Civil Registration held in Yamoussoukro on 12 and 13 February 2015, called on African states to make civil registration a priority on the regional political agenda and to adopt measures to reform and improve civil registration and vital statistics systems (CRVS). As a result, several African countries, including Senegal, have launched an evaluation and development process for a national civil registration strategy.


Since June 2018, CIVIPOL has been working in Senegal to assist the Senegalese authorities on their civil registration system reform.

In a technical assistance project funded by the European Union’s Emergency Trust Fund for Africa that ended in May 2019, a mapping of all the actors involved in building a computerised civil registration system, in Senegal and abroad, has been done. A comprehensive and updated survey report on the Senegalese CRVS system has been issued.

This preliminary assessment phase enabled the following support programme to strengthen the civil registration information system and consolidation of a national biometric identification database, launched in July 2020 and to last until December 2023.

The programme activities are detailed in a single action fiche implemented by two European operators: CIVIPOL and Enabel (Belgian development agency). CIVIPOL has made available a team of seven experts to support beneficiary authorities of the project. The role of the experts is to provide technical assistance to the local authorities regarding the CRVS reform process in line with regional initiatives.


Activities and results

The objectives and expected results of the project are as follows :

- Strengthen the civil registration system by improving its strategic management ;

- Strengthen access of the population to qualitative civil registration services by improving the infrastructures, enhanced IT back-up and capacity building ;

- Create a CRVS related centralized register linked to a biometric database and interconnected to civil registration centres

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  • June 2019

    Start of the project

    Start of the initial phase of the project

  • 23 May 2019

    CRVS nation wide system survey

  • 31 May 2019

    End of the assessment phase

  • September 2020

    Implementation of the technical assistance programme

  • May 2021

    Administrative, technical and financial procedures guidelines regarding CRVS system

  • November 2021

    Interconnexion activities between local CRVS production sites and the national levels. CRVS related IT roll out plan for all CRVS sites at national and consular levels

  • December 2021

    Consolidation of the central CRVS data base system

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About the project

Project status

In progress

Funding type

European Union

Contract type