Some Khomas residents refuse to take part in 2015/16 NHIES

23 Mar 2016 20:30pm
WINDHOEK, 23 MAR (NAMPA) – Forty-eight selected households and farms in the Khomas Region have refused to take part in the 2015/16 Namibia Household Income and Expenditure Survey (NHIES), NHIES Project Manager Ottilie Mwazi says.
Mwazi said this during the closing of the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA)'s 2015/16 NHIES data collection process here on Wednesday.
The data collection process took place from 27 April 2015 to 20 March 2016, while a pilot survey was done in seven regions in February 2015. A pilot survey is a preliminary survey used to gather information prior to conducting a survey on a larger scale.
Mwazi said the actual data collection process and pilot survey cost the agency about N.dollars 50 million, which includes the remuneration of staff and the cost of materials used in the process.
Twenty households in the Otjozondjupa and Erongo regions refused to take part in the national survey.
The team however recorded a good overall response rate of 98 per cent from all 14 regions during the 11-month data collection process.
“The main objective of the survey is to provide social economic indicators to support planning, policy formulation and decision-making processes. It is also aimed at measuring the poverty and income levels in the country,” she said.
Households recorded their food, beverage and tobacco consumption in a daily record book for seven consecutive days provided to them by the survey staff.
Mwazi said the remaining activities include the analysis of data, report writing and printing of the report that will be launched on 10 February 2017.
Speaking at the same occasion, Deputy Chairperson of the NSA Board Sikongo Haihambo said the data collected should help to improve the living conditions of people by enabling proper national, regional, local and organisational planning that is essential for Namibia’s economic growth.
“The importance of data collection cannot be overemphasised and we are all aware that our statistics start on the ground with our data collectors,” he said.
Haihambo said this data is not only used to develop, implement and monitor national social and economic development programmes, but it also allows the public to measure government's performance in making these decisions and holds it accountable if it does not meet these measurements.