Knowledge Note

The Population and Housing Census is the largest statistical operation undertaken by country governments, every ten years on average. The Census collates information on the quantity and quality of so-called human capital at national, regional and small area level, as well as on housing and on population’s access to basic services, such as water, electricity and telephone landlines. Results of the census, which have no or very limited sampling errors, are used to ensure efficiency and equity in the distribution of public resources, such as for roads, human health facilities and schools. They are also used as benchmarks for statistical compilation and as a sampling frame for sample surveys, upon which many countries rely for the generation of good quality statistics on targeted domains.

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AU-IBAR with support from the Gates Foundation