After the first successfully implemented digital cartographic mapping of Sierra Leone, Stats SL is stepping up preparation for the first electronic mid-term census later this year.
The geographic information system (GIS) resources such as shape files are being loaded onto the tablets so that census enumerators will easily use the tablets in the specified enumeration areas (EAs) and do their work efficiently with record speed.
Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi and Ghana have tried and tested these technologies, therefore Sierra Leone is now benefiting from an effective South-South collaboration among our national statistical offices.
This week, two consultants from the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia have joined two others already in the country to step up support to Stats SL as the institution prepares for the 2021 fully digital Mid-Term Census later this year.
Mr Andrew Mukulu (Ugandan), a Census Technical Adviser, advises African countries on critical issues relating to Censuses to ensure international benchmarks are met; and Ms. Eleanor Keeble (British) supports data quality assurance processes and setting up of tools for monitoring and evaluation of the census processes.
Already in the country are Adebayo Olatubosun (Nigerian), the ECA/World Bank/UNICEF Census Mapping Consultant who Leads work on the digital Cartographic Mapping of Sierra Leone and Dr BarisUcar (Turkish), the UNFPA Population Census Coordination Specialist, who is supporting Stats SL on several issues of the 2021 Mid-Term Census
After an initial briefing with the Chief Census Officer Prof Osman Sankoh, COR, and Executive Management, the consultants have started meeting with various Stats SL teams working on the mid-term census.