Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is a population and housing census? A population census is the total count of a population at a specified time within a country's boundary or in a well delineated part of a country.

2. How often is a Population and Housing Census undertaken in Zambia? Population and Housing Census is conducted every ten years in line with the international standards. Zambia has conducted five censuses 1969, 1980, 1990, 2000, 2010; the 2020 Census will be the sixth one.

3. When will the next census be conducted? Zambia's next census will be undertaken from 16th - 31st August 2020.

4. Who takes lead in implementation of Census in Zambia? The Central Statistical Office, as part of its mandate, spearheads the undertaking of the Census on behalf of the government through, an Act of parliament and a gazette notice. This is done in collaboration with different Ministries, Departments, Agencies, Learning Institutions private sector and Development Partners.

5. Why conduct a census? Census is the primary source of reliable and detailed data on the size, distribution and composition of the population in the country at a specified time. The information collected during census when analyzed gives an accurate picture of how many people are living in the country/county at every administrative level and their living conditions as well as access to basic services. This will inform planners on the social services people require such as education, healthcare and housing. The data is also vital for monitoring internationally and locally agreed upon agenda such as the Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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