Ghana Prepares for its First Digital Population and Housing Census

Next March, the country will be joining Swaziland, Malawi and Kenya as one of the first countries in Africa to collect data electronically. The country’s previous census in 2010 were paper questionnaires which took months to gather and assemble the data, and around 3% of the population was left out of the survey. Now the government will be going digital, using tablets and satellite images to improve the reach of enumerators and make sure everyone in Ghana is counted on census night. The census is expected to cost $84 million, around 50% more than the last census. The government has contracted around 60,000 enumerators, but is still working with the United Nations on how best to source the 65,000 tablets required to conduct the surveys. Together with the homeless, they are the “floating population” whom government statisticians want to capture better in their database. And the stakes are higher this time, as the census will play a key part in the nationwide rollout of biometric ID cards launched by President Nana Akufo-Addo in 2017. The new Ghana Card requires a digital address code, many of which will be generated by enumerators during the census.SOURCE: VOA

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