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Launch of the Urgence Identité Afrique fund to promote civil registration of births

On the occasion of September 16, inspired by the Sustainable Development Objective (16.9) “to guarantee everyone, by 2030, a legal identity through birth registration”, several stakeholders in the civil society are launching the Urgence Identité Afrique fund, a non-profit, general interest organization placed under the auspices of the King Baudouin Foundation. Co-founded by Masters Abdoulaye HARISSOU and Amadou Moustapha NDIAYE, Urgence Identité Afrique will start its activities in two pilot countries (Senegal and Togo). Urgence Identité Afrique intends to bring together philanthropic initiatives and the sponsorship of natural and legal persons in order to finance actions allowing the consolidation of civil status in Africa and the drastic reduction in the number of children without legal identity. To date, less than half of births in Africa are declared and registered in the civil registry. This will leave by 2030, if current trends continue, more than 115 million children under 5 without legal identity, according to UNICEF.

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