Rwanda: Seven things to know about Rwanda’s 5th population census

The national population and housing census, which will be carried out by the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (INSR), should start in six days.

Here are seven things you need to know.

1. It will take place over a period of two weeks

From August 16 to 30, the government, through the NISR, will conduct the census. The results will help the country plan.

They will present multiple aspects and characteristics of the Rwandan population, including demographic, social, economic and cultural characteristics and its distribution down to the village level.

Other aspects include population structure and trends in fertility, mortality and migration, population projections, economic activities, housing characteristics and indicators for particular population groups such as women, children, young people, the elderly and people with disabilities.

2. This is the second of the post-genocide era

The upcoming census will be the fifth to be conducted in Rwanda and the second since the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi. Rwanda conducts a population census every ten years to update the demographic, social, economic and cultural characteristics of the population.

The first, conducted in 1978, estimated the Rwandan population at around 4.8 million. The second census was taken in 1991, with the population rising to 7.1 million. The population growth rate between 1978 and 1991 was 3.1%.

The third census, in 2002, indicated that the population had grown to 8.1 million. The previous one, which estimated the population at 10.5 million, was carried out in two weeks in 2012.

3. Over 20,000 enumerators have been deployed and are expected to complete their training on August 9

More than 20,000 enumerators deployed for the fifth national population and housing census are expected to complete their training on August 9, Yusuf Murangwa, director general of the NISR, told The New Times.

The training started on July 21 and will be followed by the household census which will take place from August 10 to 14.

4. It will cost Frw 30 billion

The census will require a total budget of Rwf30 billion as it takes about four years to prepare, according to Murangwa.

5. The night of August 15 leading up to August 16 is census night

Rwandans are advised to take note of the date of census night and to remember to answer questions correctly during the count.

6. Technology to be used

Technological data capture devices will be used in census operations as a replacement for paper questionnaires to reduce the time between data collection and publication of census results, Venant Habarugira, head of the census department at NISR, previously said. at the New Times.

7. Provisional results will be announced by December 2022

Provisional census results will be announced in December 2022, while final results will be released in December 2023, according to the NISR.

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