Haiti will conduct national census in October 2018

Posted by Lenational on Sunday, December 10, 2017 Under: others
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The Haitian Institute of Statistics and Informatics (IHSI) conducted, on Thursday, December 7, at the Royal Oasis Hotel, the launch of the 5th General Census of Population and Housing (RGPH). According to Danila Altidor, the director general of the IHSI, it will be a special census that will include technological innovations.

Important elements for this census, namely the necessary technical assistance, support for national capacity building, coordination between partners and the management of the census fund, will be provided by the United Nations Population Fund. (UNFPA). This will be a continuation of the decision made by former interim President Jocelerme Privert to launch the national census in January 2017.

The start of this census, which will take place around the theme "Resansman popilasyon an zafè nou tout, ann pote kole", is scheduled for October 2018. The operations will cost a total of US $ 29 million, and will be financed by the Haitian government, the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Canadian Embassy in Haiti. Before October 2018, a pilot census will be conducted to test and improve the enumerator system.

This is a laudable initiative, according to UN Population Fund (UNFPA) representative in Haiti Marielle Sander. It will be, she says, the country's first gender-based census. She went on to explain that according to the United Nations, a census should be held every 10 years in the country. However, the last census in Haiti is dated 2003, a gap of about fifteen years. Thus, the Minister of the Economy and Finance (MEF), Jude Alix Patrick Salomon, believes that this strategic exercise should be carried out for the good governance of the country.

It should be recalled that the 4th census, which took place in January 2003, took into account data on spatial distribution (state and population dynamics), living conditions of the population, housing and household structures; the situation of children and women, the situation of the elderly and the disabled, socio-economic characteristics, education and literacy, migration and urbanization. 2,016,247 households were identified, including 719,386 in urban areas and 1,296,861 in rural areas.

With regard to population density, it was estimated at 8,373,750 inhabitants, including 4,039,272 men and 4,334,478 women. It should be noted that the purpose of a census in a country is generally to collect information on the demographic situation in order to guide planning, establish indicators for monitoring and evaluation, and set up territorial development plans, promote good governance, facilitate research and guide economic operators in their decisions

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