The Hague Colloquium on the Future of Legal Identity

Civil Registration Centre for Development, The Hague and the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, Johannesburg

Jaap van der Straaten


Jaap van der Straaten is the founder and chief executive officer of CRC4D, the Civil Registration Centre for Development, The Hague (est. 2010, CRC4D’s work is and has been commissioned especially by UNICEF, UNHCR and Plan International, providing advisory services in the field of civil registration and identity management, with an emphasis on Africa. He led the work of three associates on UNICEF’s A passport to protection. A guide to birth registration programming (2013). A selection of other reports produced for UNICEF, UNHCR and Plan International includes: A report on children lacking birth- and/or citizenship certificates in Montenegro (2011), Fulfilling the rights to identity and social protection in South Sudan, Civil registration support in Cameroon (2012), Equity, legal identity and development (2012), A post-conflict civil registration strategy for Côte d’Ivoire (2012), Government of Uganda draft civil registration policy (2012), Towards universal birth registration in Yemen (2013), Towards universal birth registration in Haiti (2013), Towards universal birth registration in Guinea, Establishing 21st century identity management in Sierra Leone (2014) and the Economics of civil identity management. The case of Africa (forthcoming, 2015) From 1991 through 2010 Jaap worked for Plan International heading up its international grants management in headquarters. In 1998 he initiated Plan’s work on the advocacy for universal birth registration, starting in South-East Asia and expanding to all continents within the next ten years, while nurturing a close partnership for this purpose with UNICEF across the globe. Before Plan Jaap worked for, inter alia, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in Suriname) and the Netherlands Economic Institute (now ECORYS, Indonesia). He is a development economist and student of professor Jan Tinbergen (1st Economics Nobel Prize Laureate) and Jan Pronk, the later Minister of Development Cooperation. Jaap holds a Master’s Degree in Economics (1973, Erasmus University) and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (1991, Simon School, University of Rochester NY).