A Registry makes it possible to single out every member of a human community, to enhance that person’s unique and official identity, rights and duties. Beyond such individual advantages, the Registry is a useful system when it comes to improving development administration.
With a view to improving the Dankassari communitiy’s registrars in playing their part correctly, a training course has been created, as a guideline with the following specific goals:
- Making Registrars more conversant with the text that defines Registry in Niger;
- Enabling them to perfect their knowledge and to master the limits of their competency in the process of drafting and issuing Registry documents.
- Enhancing their awareness of what stake the Registry represents in Niger.
That action has been carried out since 2009 in the rural community of Dankassari thanks to the decentralized Cesson Dankassari cooperation.
Every year, fifteen registrars are trained and equipped. The population can be registered officially at Open Meetings held by judges.
In 2013, the Dankassari rural community’s Registry office will be endowed with a computer and a printer.
In 2014, the registry staff has been endowed with registration books, which had been unavailable before, so as to register certificates. Fifteen employees have benefited from training. Births are much more frequently registered than formerly, though far from systematically. Marriages and deaths are still rarely registered. The Dankassari town council has funded and built an office for municipal services and fitted it with furniture.
There has been a change concerning birth registration, which is now widespread, but the marriage and death registry is still in progress.
Dankassari Rural district has 78 registry offices located in 57 villages and districts, and 21 health centers where various registry events such as births, marriages and deaths can be registered.
Following a request from Dankassari’s Mayor, the project aims at improving awareness in each of the 57 villages concerned. It includes creating a committee including the Registry officer, the village chief, the women’s representative, the school headmaster, the matron, an influential leader. Recording marriages and deaths are the priority.
Early in november 2020, the project was still in progress:
- The Dankassari town council has sent a provisional budget for the project’s organization and AESCD replied, suggesting that, to ensure coherent actions, the family planning monitor and the RAEDD person in charge of following up development actions in Dankassari should also be included.
- The town council sent a modified budget to RAEDD, which was approved. The 57 villages visited during the ten day visit have been merged in geographical zones. The four persons visiting will be the registry supervisor and the president of women’s groups in the commune, the family planning monitor and the RAEDD representative. The mission took place in January 2021.