UN agencies pledge US$600,000 for 2020 census

By Staff Reporter

THE United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has pledged to provide technical assistance, equipment and financial resources worth US$500, 000 while UNICEF has pledged to provide US$100,000 for the 2020 census.

According to a press statement by Ministry of National Development Planning spokesperson Chibaula Silwamba today, the technical assistance from the UN agencies was being provided in line ministries to increase data quality.

Silwamba also announced that the total budget required for the 2020 census was over US$ 75 million.

The pledges followed a meeting between national development planning minister Alexander Chiteme, Permanent Secretary Chola Chabala, Central Statistical Office (CSO) acting director Goodson Sinyenga, other officials and cooperating partners and the private sector to mobilise resources for the 2020 population and housing census.

United Nations (UN) resident coordinator Janet Rogan announced the UNFPA and UNICEF pledges towards census adding that the USAID had indicated that it would continue to support the 2020 census process.

According to the statement, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) chief of mission Annie Lane was keen to learn the incorporation and recognition of migration issues in the 2020 census.

“The IOM emphasised the need for quality data on migration characteristics and variables, in the context of how to better manage and govern internal and cross-border migration, ensuring that no one was left behind,” reads part of the statement. “Lane added that the IOM would offer technical assistance in pre-census activities, pilot post-enumeration, the main census activities and post-enumeration census”.

“The USAID already contributes some resources through technical assistance being provided by the US census bureau to the CSO,” Silwamba stated.

Zambia will conduct the census of population and housing in August 2020 and that census would be the first of its kind the country would conduct using electronic data collection methodology – Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI).

“The 2020 census will be a complete shift from the traditional Pen and Paper Interview (PAPI) to Computer Assisted Personal Interview (CAPI)/digital census,” stated Silwamba.

He said the electronic data collection methodology would improve the quality of data collected and reduce the time-lag between data collection and the dissemination of results.

“The estimated total budget for the 2020 census of population and housing is K841, 563, 560 (about US $75, 139, 604),” Silwamba stated.