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National Census 2012 Gets £4m British Boost

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    Sat, Nov 26th, 2011| Tanzania

    Finance and Economic Affairs Minister, Mr Mustafa Mkulo

    The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Thursday received £4.5 million funding from the British government through its Department for International Development (DFID) as additional support for the 2012 population and housing census.

    British High Commissioner to Tanzania Diane Corner said in Dar es Salaam that providing the additional support would ensure that the next 2012 census provided accurate and reliable population data, which were vital in delivering an effective programme to reduce poverty.

    "The information collected in the census is necessary for informed policymaking, efficient planning, delivery of public services and to inform potential investors," said Corner.

    Information collected from households in the country, according to her, will ensure that the government, development partners and the private sector resources are effectively targeted, which will give strong evidence base for examining inequalities between different regions and districts in
    Tanzaniaas to why some are poorer than others.

    Corner noted that taking part in the census was one of the best ways for Tanzanians to ensure they got services they needed and taxpayers got the best value for money in terms of what services the government delivered.

    "This, in turn, will also help UK and donor partners about the effectiveness of the money they are spending. So, participation is a win-win all round," she said.

    She noted that the ultimate aim for all of us was that Tanzanians across the country benefited from improved services and opportunities resulting from improvements in health and reduction in poverty.

    "I am delighted we are part of this," she said.

    "Conducting census in
    Tanzania," she said, "is a huge task and NBS requires more than funds to have a good quality census that will provide the government and its partners with current reliable and accurate data on the size, distribution and socio economic conditions of the population," she added.

    This will be the fifth census after independence of Tanganyika in 1961, the last four were conducted in 1967, 1978, 1988 and 2002 aimed at contributing to the improvement of quality life of citizens through the provision of up to date and reliable data for policy formulation, development planning and service delivery.

    For his part, Minister for Finance Mustapha Mkulo said population censuses were important sources of demographic and socio-economic data for the preparation of development policies and monitoring the improvement in quality of life.

    "Information from the forthcoming census will be used to evaluate national development programmes like MKUKUTA, MKUZA and MDGs," said Mkulo.

    Last week, while winding up parliamentary sessions in Dodoma, Prime Minister
    Mizengo Pinda reiterated the government's commitment to have a successful census scheduled for August 26, next year.

    Source The Guardian

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