20 Feb 2015 18:30pm
WINDHOEK, 20 FEB (NAMPA) The Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) has deployed close to 30 enumerators for the 2015/16 Namibia Household Index and Expenditure Survey (NHIES) pilot project.
The pilot project will be conducted from 23 February to 08 March this year, prior to the main 2015/16 NHIES from April 2015 until March 2016.
The NHIES is conducted for a period of one year, every five years.
The survey collects data on income, consumption and expenditure patterns of households in accordance with methodological principles of statistical enquiries, which are linked to demographic and socio-economic characteristics of households.
In an interview with Nampa here on Friday, the acting Statistician-General Liina Kafidi explained that the pilot project is aimed at testing, especially, the tablets which will be introduced for the first time to collect data during that survey.
Through these tablets, information will be transmitted immediately to the NSA head office, once the enumerators collect data.
A tablet computer is a mobile computer with touch-screen display, circuitry and battery in a single unit.
She added that the 2015/16 NHIES will be bigger this year as it will also cover the modules of health, agriculture and education.
This NHIES is important for planning and will measure the poverty levels and income disparities in the country, said Kafidi.
She said the main NHIES as well as the pilot survey are costing her office approximately N.dollars 35 million.
The pilot project will cover areas in eight selected regions of the country, and these areas will not be covered in the main NHIES.