Rwandan census kicks off

RWANDA

|
Image: By NISR
Rwandan census kicks off

Rwanda’s fourth national Population and Housing census got underway yesterday, with advanced GIS map data to help enumerators.

The census, the first to be held since 2002, will look at housing, living conditions, population age, growth, health and education.

The two-week exercise involves over 16,500 enumerators – many of them school teachers –  including one for every village (umudugudu), visiting every household in Rwanda. The National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR) says the final results will be published within ten months of Census Day, observing that “data delayed is data denied”.

The census will cost USD21.3 million, for a projected population of 11 million people.

Work began on the project two years ago, with a mapping project using Global Positioning System (GPS) based data capturing technology.

NISR says this work has also resulted in a comprehensive Geographic Information System (GIS) database with detailed map data  including boundaries, location of main social and economic infrastructures (schools, health centers, hospitals, markets, etc.) as well as the areas of economic significance (plantations, mines, parks, forest reserves, etc). The details pertain to more than 14,738 villages and landmarks in all administrative units of the country.

The mapping work was accomplished by the NISR cartographers who not only went to capture the GPS coordinates in the field but also plotted the maps. These maps in hard copy are now ready for use  as a guiding tool by around 16,500 enumerators – one for each enumeration area - who will visit every household in his/her EA across the country to record census information.

These maps will allows enumerators to record comparable data from the actual exercise of the census with the data collected in the field during the mapping phase.



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus

MORE RWANDA NEWS

ITC urges governments to increase public procurement from women vendors

The International Trade Centre (ITC) has launched an initiative to increase the number public procurement contracts being awarded to women-owned businesses. Currently only an estimated 1% of public-procurement contracts globally are awarded to WOBs or women entrepreneurs.    Read More

Nokia, oRn partner for Rwanda’s first commercial LTE network

olleh Rwanda Networks (oRn), a joint venture between the Rwandan government and KT Corporation, has chosen Nokia Networks to provide network and managed services for the country’s first commercial LTE network. Read More

Rwanda Online platform officially takes off

The Government of Rwanda and Rwanda Online Platform Limited have kicked off the first phase of the Rwanda Online platform, set to establish an integrated public service platform for Government to Business and Government to Citizen services.  Read More

Rwandan incubator receives over 100 applications

Rwandan tech incubator think has received over 100 applications from nine countries, and is encouraging more ahead of the August 15 deadline. Read More

Minister Nsengimana urges youth to spread peace messages using ICT

Rwanda’s Minister of Youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana has urged the country’s youth to promote peace by using available technologies.  Read More

East Africa Exchange formally launched

H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya rings a bell to signify the official regional launch of East Africa Exchange A new regional exchange is expected to increase access in the region’s commodity markets. Read More

More than 2.5m Rwandans now using mobile payments

The number of mobile payments subscribers in Rwanda has reached more than 2.5 million, according to figures in the recently-published Rwandan ICT Sector Profile.  Read More

Kirusa, MTN launch Celeb Connect and Sports Connect in Rwanda

Kirusa, a leader in voice messaging and social media mobileapps in emerging markets, today announced the launch of its popular services, CelebConnect and SportsConnect, on the MTN Rwanda network.  Read More

UNSG special representative in Rwanda to launch Decade of Sustainable Energy for All

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has received visiting UNSG Special Representative and Chief Executive for Sustainable Energy for All, Dr. Kandeh Yumkella who was in the country to launch the Africa Decade of Sustainable Energy for All. Read More

StarTimes Group names President Kagame “Number One in ICT”

StarTimes Group has awarded President Paul Kagame for his visionary leadership and commitment towards meeting the objectives of Vision 2020.  Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage ERP AfricaSAP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionSage HR AfricaMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoice

FEATURED STORY

MFarmer SMS redefines market access for Ugandan farmersMFarmer SMS redefines market access for Ugandan farmers

Ugandan smallholder farmers are benefitting from an ambitious innovative ICT mobile phone initiative that offers weather reports and up-to-date market information about changes in prices for agricultural commodities, thus granting them lucrative returns from their farming ventures. 

IN DEPTH

iProcure delivers inputs to farmers’ doorsteps using ICTsiProcure delivers inputs to farmers’ doorsteps using ICTs

An innovation dubbed iProcure is already being used by several agro input firms which are now relying on it to distribute their products to farmers. 

COMPANY NEWS

Schneider Electric signs exclusive off-grid solar distribution agreement with Zimbabwean firm

Schneider Electric has announced the signing of an exclusive agreement with Samansco, a Zimbabwean renewable energy, back-up power and appropriate technology company.

SAP Innovation Helps The Global Fund Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria in Africa

Extending a longstanding partnership, SAP is a founding member of The Global Fund’s new Innovation Coalition to support disease prevention and treatment.