UNFPA supports milestone census

18 April 2016
These girls and their babies were counted in Angola's census 2016. © UNFPA / Emanuel Paim

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund is one of the traditional partners of the Government of Angola in conducting statistical operations. In May 2014, after more than 40 years, the country held its first General Population and Housing Census. UNFPA supported the Angolan National Statistical Institute (INE) in carrying out this complex operation.  

INE Director Camilo Ceitas highlighted UNFPA's contribution during his presentation on the census. © UNFPA / Emanuel Paim

The recently published data from the census represents an indispensable source of information in the formulation of policies and interventions that will contribute to the development of Angola. The analysis and publication of the final data produced from the census in 2014, along with other data sources, are essential for planning, monitoring and evaluation of all efforts geared towards poverty reduction and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

With the official presentation and the publication of the census results, the government of Angola has generated relevant, accurate and timely statistics that are key to ensuring equitable distribution of wealth, government services and representation throughout the country. The data released following the census comprises the basis of evidence available to public and private domains at the national and local levels, for the purposes of decision-making.

A working session on the census between UNFPA and INE taking place.
© UNFPA / Emanuel Paim

UNFPA will continue to support the efforts of the Government of Angola in the adoption of REDATAM for the integrated management information system, which allows users, especially researchers, easy access to the micro data. This collaboration also includes technical support for the thematic analysis of the census and assistance to the Ministry of Planning in the development and implementation of the National Population Policy.

By Emanuel Paim