blog iconAn overview of Kenya’s Single Registry Model

The launch of Kenya’s Single Registry scheme marks a major step forward in the management and monitoring of social protection in low- and middle-income countries, writes Richard Chirchir. The Registry has enabled the government of Kenya to link together the Management Information Systems (MISs) of five social security schemes (the...

blog iconNo identity crisis for social protection programmes that link with ID agencies

Biometric technology presents a huge opportunity to social protection programmes, in particular the potential to ensure that only eligible programme beneficiaries receive payments. But to fully realise the benefits of biometrics, social protection programmes need to work closely with national identity agencies who are better placed to provide individuals with...

blog iconAre you respecting the right to privacy as you advance social protection?

The protection of privacy in large scale social protection programmes in low-income countries is rightly under the spotlight at this time, and this demands an effective response from those designing and implementing social protection programmes, writes Richard Chirchir. Criticism regarding data handling for beneficiaries and entitlement transfers, and apparent unauthorised access to identity...

blog iconMaking smart use of technology: How electronic registration made Kenya’s universal pension possible

The Government of Kenya made a landmark decision in 2017 to provide a basic monthly pension income to its older citizens over the age of 70 years. The move represents a major step forward in the building of Kenya’s national social protection system. As the final preparations are made to...

Publication IconSingle Registries and Social Registries: Clarifying the Terminological Confusion

Development Pathways is pleased to share our latest Pathways’ Perspective, Single Registries and Social Registries: Clarifying the Terminological Confusion, by Richard Chirchir and Shez Farooq. Richard Chirchir and Shez Farooq seek...

Our Work IconUpgrading a social assistance MIS and linking social protection programmes with a Single Registry

Uganda’s social protection sector is characterised by a large number of fragmented and uncoordinated interventions with a wide variety of different management information systems (MISs). There was a need to...

Our Work IconImproving social protection coverage and effectiveness in Malawi

We designed, developed, tested and deployed a national platform to enter, store, access and share household data for social protection programmes in Malawi.

Our Work IconStrengthening Kenya’s Single Registry to improve co-ordination

The Single Registry is a policy tool that enables the Government of Kenya to link together the Management Information Systems (MISs) of five social assistance schemes. We used our extensive experience of MIS design to strengthen the system in a joint initiative by the World Food Programme and Kenya’s National Social Protection Secretariat.

News IconMother and child health the focus of new maternal health transfers in western Kenya

A social protection scheme to support the health of expectant and new mothers and their babies in western Kenya is getting underway. The County Government of Vihiga, UNICEF Kenya and...

News IconGovernment of Uganda outlines information and communication technology role in development plans

The Government of Uganda is outlining a vision for how information and communications technology (ICT) can underpin the nation’s development at a conference in Kampala.  The Ministry of ICT & National Guidance...