Rwanda : Census meant for more than just enumeration

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The 4th ever National Population and Housing Census yesterday got underway throughout the country, with President Paul Kagame and his family among the citizens who were enumerated.

Hard figures after the first day of counting are yet to be released; however as per the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR), up to 400,000 homes were projected to be enumerated during the first day alone.

With up to 24,422 enumerators recruited for the nationwide task, and an estimated 16 Billion Rwandan Francs to be spent, it is a sizable undertaking by the government.

The findings of the census will however be used for more than just head-counting purposes.

The two-week exercise is expected to come up with comprehensive socio-economic indicators which will be used for economic planning.

This is apparent as the questions to be asked by the enumerators cover more than just the scope of human population. Education level, disability of any family member, if any, employment status and family assets will all also be evaluated.

Due to their costly nature, national censuses tend to be conducted after every 10 years.

The last census was conducted in 2002, and put the population at little over 8 million Rwandans. But recent estimates indicated the population had surpassed the 11 million mark.





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Mr. Sina is the Managing Partner & Chief Editor of RwandaEye. After completing his post-graduation from the Faculty of Economics and Management, National University of Rwanda,he worked in various consulting capacities for equity and business firms in Kigali. A shrewd strategist, he is an Economic Pundit, entrepreneur and Investment Banker.

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