Background and Competition overview:

The National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR), every year organizes an infographic competition that calls students from higher learning institutions (both private and public) to visualize statistical messages published by NISR on the website. The objective of this competition is to increase statistical literacy and awareness as well as statistical advocacy and data dissemination. This competition is part of the celebration of African Statistics Day that is celebrated every year since 1990. The African Statistical community celebrates African Statistics Day (ASD) with the objective of raising awareness about the importance of statistics in the economic and social development of the continent. Celebration of this day was established by the Twenty-fifth Session of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the Sixteenth Meeting of the African Ministers responsible for Economic Planning and Development.

It is in this context that, for the tenth time, NISR is organizing the Infographic Competition to invite graduate and postgraduate students of higher educational institutions (both private and public) in Rwanda to produce winning static infographics that describe the Rwanda Population and Housing Census.

Competition Message:

The competition message of this year is to describe the Rwanda Population and Housing Census.

Source of Data for the competition:

The source of data are reports of the 3rd and 4th Rwanda Population and Housing Censuses published on NISR website and you can access them by clicking here

Submission procedure:

The deadline for submission had passed!

Entry review:

The Infographics will be judged based on the following criteria:

  1. Relevancy to the competition message
  2. Storyline and Story flow (The narrative character of the infographic)
  3. Legibility (layout, color, font choice, size and ratio)
  4. Design & Hierarchy (appropriate representation of different data levels, including clear leading piece of data)
  5. Creativity and originality
  6. Innovativeness (Out of the box thinking)
  7. Informative Visualizations (Full on information)
  8. Distinct Point of View(Uniqueness)
  9. Creativity & Originality
  10. Share ability (format, size, openness etc. to be optimum to ease public access)
  11. Statistical conceptualization (Clear statistical understanding)


  • First prize:Computer Category 1 to eachof members of the team placed first.
  • Second prize: Computer Category 2 to each of members of the team placed second.
  • Third prize: Computer Category 3 to each of members of the team placed third.
  • Note: Only final year students from the top three teams will be eligible for paid internship at the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR) upon completion of their education.

Entry information:

  1. Initially the competition invites only Individuals to work themselves. After the first evaluation, teams of 2 will be constituted during coaching period.
  2. A student who was part of top Three teams in the previous infographic competitions is not allowed to participate.
  3. The participant must submit relevant official document evidencing that he/she is current student.
  4. In submission, only one static infographic per individual is allowed.
  5. Static infographic must be in the format of either PDF or image-minimum resolution must be 640 pixels wide, and 3000 pixels tall maximum. Maximum file size is 4MBs.
  6. A short description (200-300 words) of the infographic with the entry is required.
  7. All entries must be in English
  8. Please ensure that all images and graphics are available under a creative commons license or permission has been obtained.
  9. By entering the competition, the entrants agree to grant permission to NISR to use and reproduce their work, with appropriate acknowledgement.
  10. Registration and submission of final will be happened only through NISR website.
  11. INTELECTUAL PROPERTY: In submitting your entry to NISR, you must declare that the infographic being submitted is your own work, and all sources of reference are acknowledged in full..
  12. By submitting the entry, you grant to NISR an irrevocable, perpetual and royalty-free right to use, reproduce, edit, display, transmit, prepare derivative work, modify, publish and otherwise make use of the submitted work or other information in any and all media, whether now known or hereinafter created, throughout the World and for any purpose, in addition to the right to resize, crop, censor, compress, edit, feature, caption, affix logos to, and otherwise alter or make use of the submitted work.

Important dates:

  1. Registration is open on NISR website from 21st October to 9th November 2021
  2. Submission of entries to NISR by 23rdNovember 2021
  3. First level evaluation from24th to 25thNovember 2021
  4. Notifications to the selected persons on 26th November 2021
  5. Coaching workshop from 1st – 8th December2021
  6. Second level evaluation from9th-10th December 2021
  7. Final notification to the winners on 13thDecember 2021
  8. Award/Certificate of recognition will be issued on 17th December 2021

Evaluation and coaching workshop

There are two phases of evaluation. The coaching workshop is conducted between the two, and attended by individuals selected from first evaluation so as to be mentored while finalizing the last phase of the competition. The objective of the coaching workshop is to improve their skills with help of mentors and judges, and to ensure that competitors are supervised while sharing their skills and improving their respective submissions. During the coaching period, Teams will be constituted to foster knowledge sharing and collaboration spirit between students of different skill sets. After this workshop, judges meet again for final evaluation.

Previous competition can be viewed by clicking here

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