National census to include diasporans
PEOPLE living outside the country will be counted in the 2022 national census as the government strives to come up with a near-accurate population of the country, the Daily News can reveal.
This was revealed at the launch of the 2022 Zimbabwe Population and Housing Census Publicity and Advocacy Strategy at a local hotel in Harare on Monday.
“Since a substantial number of Zimbabweans are living in the diaspora, we will engage some of our embassies in foreign lands, for example South Africa where a large number of Zimbabweans live, to assist us with the necessary information,” said Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZimStat) board chairperson Senelani Dorothy Hove-Musekwa.
The Finance ministry also revealed that the country needs at least US$85,5 million for the census, which is projected at 17,2 million people.
“The government has pledged to contribute 80 percent of the total budget, this in addition to contributions in the form of administrative functions, logistical coordination, office space, telephone costs and salaries of staff. Financial support from development partners and the private sector is needed to complement government resources,” Finance minister Mthuli Ncube said.
Ncube said the 2022 national census programme was going to be business unusual.
“A number of strategies are being adopted to ensure that the 2022 Zimbabwe census is executed in a relevant, timely, cost effective manner, aligned to the principles of 2020 global round of census with full participation and inclusion of all segments of society, and to ensure that data is effectively processed and that results are widely disseminated and used,” he said.
“These strategies include enhanced use of modern technology (including using tablets and computer assisted personal interviews application for data capturing during enumeration) to improve quality and timeliness of results, strengthening national capacities, focusing on outreach and advocacy for ‘challenging to count populations’ such as high wall areas, and parts of the country.
“There will be increased resource mobilisation for improved data collection and analysis, ensuring effective census results dissemination and ensuring effective data utilisation,” Ncube said.