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Single Registries and Social Registries: Clarifying the Terminological Confusion

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November, 2016

Across developing countries, there is a growing recognition that building linkages between the Management Information Systems (MISs) of individual social protection programmes can bring about significant efficiency gains while also enabling governments to monitor national social protection systems more effectively. Information collected on applicants and beneficiaries that is shared between programmes and governments can build a comprehensive picture of the national profile of beneficiaries (and those denied access) as well as the performance of schemes and the national social protection system. However, at the same time, there has also been a growing terminological confusion and, in particular, significant misunderstandings about two very different types of registries: Single Registries and what are increasingly becoming known as Social Registries. This paper attempts to clarify the confusion between the two terms and describes the characteristics and functions of each.


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