National Population Census Set for 2014

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Paul Mungyereza, the Executive Director UBOS did not confirm whether the finance ministry will provide the funds needed in the next financial but was rather upbeat about the census taking place this time round.

The Uganda National Population and Housing Census will take place in August 2014, after it was postponed for two years. Matia Kasaija, the state Minister for Planning says Uganda Bureau of Statistics-UBOS has received the bulk of the funds required to finance the census.

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The total cost of the census, whose planning started in 2008/09, is estimated at Ushs 157.8bn with Ushs 33.2bn already spent from 2008/09 to 2012/13. In August 2014, the actual census will start after all the publicity and training of enumerators. Since it is starting in another financial year – 2014/15 - , then Ubos will request the ministry of finance for Ushs39.6bn and Ushs8.7bn in 2015/16.

In the period to August 2014, UBOS will recruit data collectors and start campaigns to popularize the census. Paul Mungyereza, the Executive Director UBOS did not confirm whether the finance ministry will provide the funds needed in the next financial but was rather upbeat about the census taking place this time round.  

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Uganda’s last population census was conducted in 2002, after a ten year cycle to 2012 government failed to carry-out another census due to lack of funds. Kasaija says that the funds were reallocated to other sectors of the economy. By the beginning of the 2013/14 financial year, government had different challenges this time: Donor budget support in the financial shrunk by 93percent after allegations of corruption in the Office of the Prime Minister and Ministry of Public Service dominated the headlines in 2012/13. This time however, according to Hon Kasaija this census will take place.

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The March 2002 census cost the government Ushs26bn and placed Uganda’s population at 32million, more than ten years; these statistics are still being used.  The two year delay means Ugandan planners are using population estimates according to the 2002 trends, which rather outdated. The new census will require about 83,000 enumerators, who are to be sourced at the district level across the country with exception of Kampala where it will be done division level.

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