Sensa 2022 | All you need To know

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Sensa 2022| All you need To know

The Government of the United Republic of Tanzania plans to conduct a Population and Housing Census by August 2022. The Ministry of Finance and Planning through the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in collaboration with the Office of the Chief Statistician of Zanzibar (OCGS), is in the process of preparing to conduct the Census. The Population and Housing Census is a national exercise conducted every 10 years where the last census to be held in the country is the one in 2012. Thus the Census 2022 will be the Sixth Census to be held in the country after the Union of Tanganyika and Zanzibar in 1964. Census others took place in 1967, 1978, 1988, 2002 and 2012.

Meaning of Population and Housing Census | Sensa 2022

Population and housing census is a process of collecting, analyzing, evaluating and publishing and disseminating demographic, economic and social data related to all persons and their settlements in a country for a specified period. In other words, the census is a special exercise aimed at finding the total population in a country, by age and gender, place of residence and status of education, employment status, birth status and mortality and housing status. These basic data are the ones that can match the real needs of citizens including special groups with special needs for example, people with disabilities, women, children, youth and the elderly thus facilitating the development of policies and development plans according to the need and environment.

Significance of the 2022 Population and Housing Census

  • The unique significance of the 2022 Population and Housing Census include: –
  • To assist the Government to obtain basic information that will support the process of implementing the Vision for Development 2025, health and social reform, as well as the monitoring of international development agendas;
  • Population information assists in district authorities in the implementation of development plans that reflect the needs of the people at the relevant levels and assist in the balance of resource allocation;
  • Basic information on demographic, socio-economic status of population and housing plans at all levels;
  • Allocation in calculating other indicators eg Individual GDP, GDP, Employment and Unemployment and student enrollment rate;
  • Information that will enable the government to identify population growth, by distribution and other indicators, which are important for environmental management; and
  • The basis of good governance and inclusive democracy. Accurate Census data is needed for the effective allocation of constituencies, adjusting administrative boundaries in local government.

Sensa 2022 Census Questionnaires

The 2022 census as in previous censuses will use two main types of questionnaires. A long questionnaire that will be used to interview 30% of all census sites and a short questionnaire that will be used to interview 70% of all census sites.

Other questionnaires are: –

Institutional Questionnaire which is specifically for travelers, those staying in hotels / guesthouses, and those hospitalized; and

Homeless Homepage Questionnaire which is specific to all people living in informal settlements, in various building councils, bridges and other areas.

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