The essential functions of the Census Department are to carry out population and economic censuses, such as Population and Housing Census, Agricultural Census, and Establishment Census, etc. The Department also implements special-purpose censuses such as Civil Servant Censuses and School Censuses. The department keeps track with the administrative structure and divisions of Rwanda and records whatever official changes that may have been taken place (e.g. a rural area has been changed to urban, new community has been established or demolished, etc.). The Department is also in-charge of updating the business registry.

To accomplish its mission, the Census Department is headed by a director and is organized into the following two sections:

  • Population Censuses Research (4):
    • Population Censuses Research Statistician Team Leader (1)
    • Census Methodology Statistician (1)
    • Population Censuses Analysis Statistician (1)
    • Training & Filed Operation Statistician (1)
  • Economic Censuses (5):
    • Economics Censuses Statistician Team Leader (1)
    • Agriculture Census Statistician (1)
    • Formal Sector Census Statistician (1)
    • Informal Sector Census Statistician (2)

Director of Censuses:

Mr Venant HABARUGIRA
Director of Censuses

Mr Venant HABARUGIRA is currently the Acting Director of Census Unit, at the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR) from November 2015 to date. The essential functions of the Census Department are to carry out population and economic censuses, such as Population and Housing Census, Agricultural Census, Establishment Census, special-purpose censuses such as Civil Servant Censuses and School Censuses.

Mr Venant HABARUGIRA has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a post graduate Diploma in Demography obtained from the Cairo Demographic Center (CDC-Egypt). He has good experience of 7 years in statistical works at the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR) where he worked as Focal Point Statistician for the Ministry from October 2008 to 2010 and Labour Statistician from 2010 to October, 2015.

During his time at NISR, he has been involved in the implementation of different projects at different levels. He participated in the analysis for the 2007 Education’s Census; implementation of 2008 VUP Baseline Survey, implementation of the Public Expenditure Tracking Survey (PETS), Analysis of Data for District Baseline ; Design & Data collection of  the Rwanda Statistical Year Book (2009 edition) ; Implementation of the fourth Rwanda Demographic and Health Survey (RDHS-IV, 2010), the implementation, data analysis and report writing of the Rwanda Manpower Survey, implementation of Enquête Intégrale sur les Conditions de Vie des ménages (EICV 4),  Analysis of the 2012 Rwanda Population and Housing Census, Implementation, analysis and report writing of the fifth Rwanda Demographic and Health Survey (RDHS-V ) and currently the implementation of the Mortality Assessment Survey.