A population census is a snapshot of a country at a particular moment in time. Namibia’s census will be held in August 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. Census counts every person (including babies, old aged, and persons with disabilities) found within the boundary of Namibia, including those that may not registered with ministry of Home Affairs yet, the migrants as they are using goods and services provided by GRN

  1. Who organizes Census?

In Namibia, the census is planned and conducted by Namibia Statistics Agency.

  1. Who is Namibia Statistics Agency?

Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) is established under the Statistics Act (Act No.9 of 2011) with the aim to produce timely, accurate and accessible official statistics.

  1. Why do we need to have a census?

The information collected will give planners, both inside and outside of government, an accurate picture of how many people are living in the country and their living conditions as well as access to basic services. This will tell them what resources needed in terms of  education, healthcare, housing and transport. Furthermore, census information will be used to assess the NDPs, SDGs set indicators for development, such as the reduction in maternal mortality, child mortality, to measure levels of poverty among Namibian people and many others. That is why it is important for everyone within the borders of Namibia to participate.

  1. When was the last census conducted?

The last time a census was conducted was in 2011. Namibia conducted its first and second censuses in 1991 and 2001 respectively. This year’s census will be the fourth census that counts the entire Namibian population.

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