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Creating a Sustainable Birth Registration Process for Sub-Saharan Africa : the Nigeria Case Study

Idowu, Bolanle T. (2022) Creating a Sustainable Birth Registration Process for Sub-Saharan Africa : the Nigeria Case Study.

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Abstract:The Sub-Saharan African continent is currently faced with a huge gap of birth registration data of children under 5 years old. Initiating the desired level of development in Sub- Saharan Africa and Nigeria in particular has been an elusive task due to limited population data in several developing nations; the data in these countries is most often estimated. Lack of population data hinder the government in provision of development infrastructure and social services. This thesis investigates the barrier inherent in the procedure of registering birth between 2014-2019 of children (0-5 years) in Southern and Northern Nigeria using content analysis. The research design is a case study of Northern and Southern Nigeria using secondary data. Policy papers on population dynamics from developing countries and the international domain were analyzed using content analysis. Study result indicates that there are barriers inherent in the procedural framework of birth registration in Nigeria and this hinder parents from complying with the rules in the Birth Registration Act. These challenges are educational barriers, poverty, economic barriers, cultural beliefs, procedure of birth registration and distance to birth registration centres. Children without birth registration data will be invisible, have no identity, no fundamental rights and will remain stateless.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration MSc (60020)
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