Assessment : Aspiration 3


By 2020, States –

  • should adopt strategies in line with the Africa Programme on Accelerated Improvement of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (APAI-CRVS);
  • should have put in place a simplified, easily accessible and free system for registering every child immediately after birth; ;
  • should have put in place an accessible and effective vital registration system not only for births, but also for marriages and deaths, embedded in a sensitisation campaign about the importance of registration for the realisation of the child’s rights and the curbing of child marriages;
  • should have curbed the statelessness of children by allowing children to acquire the nationality of their country of birth; by abolishing laws precluding mothers from passing their nationality on to their children, and by eliminating all discrimination in according nationality on the basis of the child’s or the child’s parents’ immigration status, social origin, sex, ethnicity, language, disability or birth out of wedlock, or any other factor.

By 2020, the African Children’s Committee -

  • should have encouraged State parties to adopt legal provisions that a child born in the State with one parent (either mother or father) also acquires the nationality of that State at birth.

By 2020, civil society organisations/non- governmental organisations and other national stakeholders -

  • should educate parents and raise general awareness about the importance and modalities of birth registration.