The Government of the Republic of South Sudan intends to undertake a Population and Housing Census in February 2014. This is the first population census to be undertaken since independence in July 2011. This project document presents a summary of key activities that will be implemented in order to achieve a successful census. The
Government recognizes that population censuses are the single most important source of demographic and socioeconomic data for the preparation of development policies, in monitoring the improvement in the quality of life of the population and system of sustainable development. The up-to-date information base will also support the
implementation process of the country’s development programme.
Therefore, the main goal of the 2014 Population and Housing Census is to contribute to the improvement of quality of life of South Sudanese through the provision of current and reliable data for development planning, policy formulation and services delivery as well as for monitoring and evaluating population programmes. It will also form the basis for the demarcation of electoral constituencies in preparation for the 2015 general elections.
However, the census is a massive operation that requires an attentive and anticipated planning of sufficient technical, financial and human resources, and a comprehensive training of field personnel. It is also one of the most expensive undertakings in a country.
Being a massive exercise, the conduct of the census, therefore, requires support from key organizations and individuals so as to produce the most reliable, relevant and timely data. The South Sudan Government is committed to undertake the census. However, the need for assistance, technical or otherwise, from our development partners is a key factor. Therefore, I am appealing to our development partners, both multilateral and bilateral, for support in order to successfully implement the whole census programme.
A Census Office Secretariat will be established in the National Bureau of Statistics to spearhead the process of planning and tracking the implementation of the various activities as articulated in this Census Project document.
Various committees, at national and state levels, will be put in place to guide and support the implementation of the whole exercise. These committees, together with the Census Office Secretariat and the National Bureau of Statistics, will provide avenues to appraise various stakeholders on progress towards implementation of the various activities.
I am appealing to all stakeholders, including the general public on the ground, to support and participate in this project in order to achieve a successful census undertaking.