UN Ensures Technical Support to the 2014 Census

The banner of the Census 2014 - Credit: UNDP

The UN agencies in Angola are providing technical support for the preparation of the General Census of Population and Housing in 2014, stated by the technical coordinator of the 2014 census, Paulo Fonseca, on Wednesday, November 13th, in Luanda.

Information was provided during a meeting with representatives of UN agencies, organized by the Central Bureau of the Census (GCC) and intended to present the upcoming program on the identification, collection and analysis of the data, outlining the full process.

Highlights

  • The Technical Coordinator stressed that the GCC has gained a lot of experience through meetings with the representatives of the UN agencies, which served as important for the consultation with internationally renowned technical experts from the census field.
  • At this time, the lessons learned with the completion of the pilot census are now being refined.

The Technical Coordinator stressed that the GCC has gained a lot of experience through meetings with the representatives of the UN agencies, which served as important for the consultation with internationally renowned technical experts from the census field. "Based on the results presented at this meeting, the technicians of the GCC feel more encouraged and prepared to carry out the census, as the UN contributions were essential," Fonseca said.

At this time, the lessons learned with the completion of the pilot census are now being refined. Also, the printing of documents and the process of recruiting technical assistants is now taking place across the country in order to support the upcoming census.

The recruitment strategy promotes the employment of local staff, since it is necessary that the people are familiar with the customs of communities, facilitating communication and interacting with residents, Fonseca stated. Simultaneously with the recruitment process, the Ministry of Education is providing data on the locations of schools, the number of students and teachers as well as their age by location. Training activities for new hires are already in place. The first step in training takes place in January and will be internally run, as it is intended to prepare trainers to later train the local technical staff and afterwards the enumerators.

The recruitment is open nationwide to all interested candidates who can seek further information from local administration buildings, provincial technical groups and Provincial Statistic Offices, or by registering on the Census 2014 website.