A population census is expected to provide a precise answer to this question amongst other important questions. In fact, the United Nations defines the essential features of population and housing censuses as "individual enumeration, universality within a defined territory, simultaneity and defined periodicity", and recommends that population censuses be taken at least every 10 years.
Government institutions and other organisations seeking technical statistical assistance should approach the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR), the acting head of the institute has urged. Dr Diane Karusisi made the call yesterday, while speaking at a workshop to discuss capacity building.
Population and Housing Census (PHC), will generate crucial data for measuring Rwandan Socio-economic progress and for providing an evidence base that can guide national policymaking. House-to-house visits by enumerators will collect information about people living in Rwanda on Census Day – 15 August 2012. 16,500 enumerators, including one for every village (umudugudu), will visit every household in Rwanda. Final results will be published within ten months of Census Day, observing that “data delayed is data denied”.
The Africa Symposia on Statistical Development is an African-driven initiative that seeks to work through the ECA, with support from the “Friends of the ECA” (Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Senegal, Rwanda and Tunisia), to help restore statistical development in Africa.A work programme has been developed that will in the first instance, given critical political intervention and support, encourage the undertaking of a census in every African country towards enriching the information base on which decision-making in Africa can be made.