Project information

Record !t

Birth registration is routine in the developed world. In developing nations it is uncommon, but remains the only means to economic development and access to personal rights. Record !t will be distributed in Afghanistan with the aid of local NGOs to educate women about its importance.

2 years

Charity information: Lawyers Without Borders UK

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  • Need


    If you ask people in Afghanistan how old they are, you are likely to get a vague response. Many do not actually know how old they are as no record of their birth was made. Officials in the Afghan government are trying to change that. Since 2008, they have been issuing newborns with birth certificates, something most Afghan citizens have never seen. Birth registration is a gateway to accessing legal rights, and aids development by allowing governments to plan knowing population size and growth.


    This project supports the government efforts at grassroots level, by seeking to educate women about the importance of registering births for access to opportunities. Record !t illustrates the impact of birth registration in the accessible and concentrated form of a board game. The player is disadvantaged when they do not register a birth. In the game, as in life, lack of registration leads to obstacles such as lost economic opportunities, forfeited chances to social and professional advancement.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To manufacture the Record !t game with culturally appropriate modifications.


    » We have translated the games into Pashto, and have redesigned the graphics to meet Afghan standards of dress and culturally relevant simulations.

    Manufacturing 100 board games in the Afghanistan template.

    Aim 2

    To distribute Record !t games accompanied by trainers.


    » We are partnering with NGOs who will help us to distribute the games in local communities.

    Success will be in the effective distribution of our board games in Afghanistan as well as hosting several Record !t workshops for local trainers.

    Aim 3

    To educate women, through the medium of the game, about the importance of birth registration.


    » The game acts allows players to experience the challenges that a failure to register the birth creates. This acts as a stimulus for discussion.

    Engaging women in discussion about birth registration through the medium of the game, and assisting them to recognise the parallels between the activity and real life.

  • Impact


    Long term changes include an increase in birth registration and the ensuing protection of women’s and children’s property, personal, and civil rights. Birth registration will lead to increases in other forms of legal recordation. LWOB will maintain contact with local NGOs and women’s groups for in-country data. Success will shown in the statistical analysis of legal recordation in Afghanistan by an increase in birth registrations within 3 years of the game's distribution.


    LWOB does not foresee any significant risks with this project. Our project will enlist the support of local NGOs who are familiar with the area. Already well connected with the local communities, these organizations will handle the distribution of the board game throughout the region, and will provide training sessions for future trainers.


    Donors to this project will receive quarterly reports informing them of upcoming activities and changes to our program.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,400

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,000 Training Supplies Manuals, Presentation Materials, etc.
      £3,900 Record !t Board Games Manufacturing 100 games and accessories
      £500 Shipping Shipping/transport costs for the games
  • Background


    The project will be piloted in Kabul, and will then move into the areas where we can achieve reliable NGO networks.


    Children will benefit from having their births registered by gaining civil and socioeconomic rights that can help later in life. These may include employment rights, property and inheritance rights, proof of age for child victims of gender violence in prosecution cases against their perpetrators... The possibilities are endless!

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Lawyers Without Borders has already created Record !t and presented it at LWOB's 5th annual event at the Committee on the Status of Women (CSW) as part of the 54th Special Session at the United Nations. The game has been tested extensively in pilot projects in other countries, and we will partner with local NGOs in Afghanistan to assure cultural appropriateness of the delivery of the game and educational message.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Steven Dickenson

    Steven is the artist of our Record !t game board, who helped implement some changes into the look of the board and the way the game played.