NEWS! The Tying the digital knots event (focused on social protection and digitalisation) showcased a wide range of presentations and discussions - you can find a great summary (including links to all PPTs) in this blog.

Check out our 'document library', as we have been adding a variety of interesting documents in recent months! In particular, we have two new infographics (here and here) we would love you to have a look at and comment on. We also regularly update 'news' items on this topic - let us know if you have anything to signal.

The new version of the DFAT paper on ‘Integrating Data and Information Management for Social protection: social registries and integrated beneficiary registries’ is also out! Find the full report, Case Studies (Brazil, Chile, Indonesia, Kenya and Turkey) and policy brief here.…This came out together with an important publication by the World Bank on the topic of social registries, available here, with accompanying blog, '10 things to know' graphic and Frequently Asked Questions.

Previous webinars we have held on this topic include:

  • One discussing the topic of Information Systems for Social Protection, based on the DFAT and World Bank 2017 reports. The recording is available here and the slide presentation here
  • One on Turkey's 'Integrated Social Assistance System' (recording  here, answers to webinar questions here)
  • One on Kenya's 'Single Registry' (recording here, answers to webinar questions here)


This online community provides a platform for members to learn from each other’s experiences designing and implementing ‘Social Registries’ and other approaches to integrating data and information management for Social Protection (e.g. Integrated Beneficiary Registries) that support the delivery of social protection programs.

The community was catalysed by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) workshop in Jakarta, March 2015, on the topic. Discussions are based on the pioneering paper by Valentina Barca and Richard Chirchir, “Single registries and integrated MISs: De-mystifying data and information management concepts” - which is now published in an updated and improved new version: ‘Integrating Data and Information Management for Social protection: definitions, trends and best practice’.

Within this community page, we have created a repository of useful information on this under-researched topic, including practical documents and guidance on the following topics (feel free to add to these!):

  1. Country ‘case studies’- what have others done? Including historical evolution and main steps involved in setting up an Integrated System for Information Management
  2. Key tools and set-up for governance and management (including manuals, data sharing agreements and MoUs, ToRs, etc )
  3. Operationalising and implementing the system:
  4. Targeting households for multiple programmes based on a ‘Social Registry’
  5. Technology: hardware and software, backup and security, data transfer

The moderators for this community are Valentina Barca and Richard Chirchir, but we are hoping the content will primarily be driven by members! Please add comments, share your experience and any practical documents that may be useful to other countries… you could do this within existing discussions or by creating your own new discussion. We look forwards to your inputs!

Who can be member of this community?

The community is open to anyone who has a professional interest in this topic.

What kind of contribution can I make on this page?

  • You can put forward any relevant questions, either to Valentina Barca and Richard Chirchir, or to a particular member of the community, or to all members of the community.
  • You can respond to questions made by others or make comments based on your own experience.
  • You can tell the community about what is going on in your country on this topic.
  • You can post any other experience or opinion that you think would be interesting for others.
  • You can post relevant ‘how to’ documents, or other publications. 

Community principles

  • Members are encouraged to debate and dissent, but please avoid making personal attacks. Please use constructive and focused arguments.
  • The community will promote respect for other people's views and beliefs.
  • Any content that is offensive or threatening will not be published.
  • Irrelevant content will not be published.