Intercensal demographic and labour force survey launched

17 Oct 2016 07:10am
ONGWEDIVA, 17 OCT (NAMPA) – The Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) launched its intercensal demographic and labour force survey for the Oshana, Omusati, Ohangwena and Oshikoto regions at Ongwediva on Friday.
The Namibia Intercensal Demographic Survey (NIDS), which will be combined with the labour survey for the first time this year, will collect detailed data on social, economic and housing characteristics that are not appropriate for collection in a full-scale census.
The labour force survey is conducted to generate all the necessary information on employment, unemployment and underemployment to meet the demands of policy-makers, analysts and other institutions for periodic policy and comprehensive reviews of the employment situation in the country.
The population census is carried out every 10 years, while the NIDS will be carried out every five years. The labour force survey takes place annually.
The two surveys begin on Monday and will run until 11 November 2016.
Speaking at the launch, NSA Statistician-General Alex Shimwafeni said this will be the first time the NIDS is carried out in conjunction with the labour force survey since the inception of the NSA.
“The main objective of this undertaking is to get updated information on the demographic characteristics of our population, to serve as the pilot for the upcoming 2021 census and to update our national master sample frame,” he said.
Shimwafeni added that the survey will also measure the extent of available and unused labour time and human resources for macro-economic monitoring and human resources development planning, while gauging the relationship between employment and other socio-economic characteristics necessary for policy making, planning, monitoring and evaluation at national and regional level.
Officially launching the surveys, Deputy Minister of Economic Planning Lucia Iipumbu said it comes at an opportune time - as the fourth National Development Plan (NDP) is winding up.
“The surveys will provide data which will be useful for the evaluation of NDP4 and also provide an important baseline for NDP5,” she said.
The surveys were also launched in Rundu for the Kavango East and West and Zambezi regions and in Otjiwarongo for the Otjozondjupa, Khomas, Erongo, //Kharas, Kunene, Hardap and Omaheke regions.
Over 600 enumerators; including NSA staff, field staff and technicians will be deployed in the field countrywide to conduct the surveys in over 12 000 households. Each of the teams dispatched consists of a supervisor and two enumerators.
Some 480 unemployed Namibian youth have been have recruited for the exercise.