A population census is a snapshot of a country at a particular moment in time. Namibia’s census will be held 18 September until 03 November 2023. The data we are collecting will tell us how many people live in the country, their gender, age, living conditions, access to basic services etc. The Census counts every person (including babies, youth, the elderly, and persons with disabilities) found within the boundaries of Namibia, including those that may not yet registered with the Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety & Security, the migrants as they are using goods and services provided by the Government of the Republic of Namibia.
What is a population and Housing census? – A population and housing census is a complete count of all persons and dwelling structures in the country at a specific time.
Who is counted during census? – Census counts every person found within Namibia, regardless of nationality, age, or social status.
When will Census be conducted in Namibia? – Namibia will conduct census from 18 September until 03 November 2023.
Who organizes the Census? – In Namibia, the census is planned, coordinated, and conducted by the Namibia Statistics Agency.
Who is Namibia Statistics Agency? – Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) is established under the Statistics Act (Act No.9 of 2011) mandated to collect, analyze, produce, and disseminate timely, and accurate official statistics.
Why do we need to have a Census? – A Population and Housing Census (PHC) gives us the total number of persons and housing types and their characteristics, in every region, constituency, town, and village in the country. The Census is the only source that provides detailed information on migration patterns, education, persons with disabilities, employment and unemployment, fertility, and mortality figures, and other issues critical for planning. Census data helps Government in planning for social services, as well as private sector businesses, international bodies, including Development Partners and Non-Governmental Organizations. Census data is used to assess National Developments Plans (NDPs), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as set indicators for development in Namibia. Census data gives planners, an accurate picture of how many people live in the country, their living conditions and access to basic services, this will indicate what resources are needed in terms of education, healthcare, housing, transport, employment etc.
What is Census data used for?
- Government policy making and planning: Census data helps governments at all levels to plan and develop policies related to education, health, housing, transportation, and other essential services.
- Business and industry: Businesses use census data to analyze markets, identify potential customers, and make informed decisions about where to locate new facilities. Industries such as real estate, insurance, and finance also rely on census data for various purposes.
- Academic research: Researchers use census data to study demographic trends, social inequality, and economic development. The data is also useful in conducting surveys and other types of research.
- Non-profit organizations (NGOs): They use the data to improve their service delivery and target their resources effectively. By analyzing census data, NGOs can identify areas within a country that have the highest need for their services. This information allows them to prioritize their efforts and allocate resources to where they will have the most impact.
- Electoral demarcations: Census data is used to determine how to redraw electoral constituencies so that each constituency has roughly the same population, ensuring that each vote carries equal weight.
- Grant applications: Census data is often required for grant applications, as it provides evidence of need and helps to demonstrate the potential impact of proposed projects.