2021 PHC: CalBank donate of GHS 10,000.00 to the Ghana Statistical Service

CalBank PLC is supporting the training of Field Officers for the 2021 PHC with a donation of GHS 10,000 to the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS).

The funds are meant to support the printing of the Field Officer’s Manual (FOM) for the 2021 Population and Housing Census.

A delegation from GSS comprising Mr. Emmanuel George Ossei, Head of the Census Secretariat, Mrs. Abena Osei-Akoto, Head of Recruitment and Training; and Mr. Francis Nyarkoh-Larbi, Head of Publicity, Education and Advocacy, accepted the cheque on behalf of GSS management from Mr. Peter Hall, Events and Sponsorship Officer and Mr. Kofi Sabi, Head of Marketing, CalBank.

In a brief statement, Mr. Kofi Sabi, Head of Marketing, CalBank, said the data from the Census will help their bank as data serves as the basis for its operations.

2021 Population and Housing Census

Ghana is preparing for the 2021 Population and Housing Census (PHC) with data collection scheduled for the first half of year. The 2021 PHC will be the first digital PHC in Ghana.

The 2021 PHC will provide important information to support evidence-based implementation of the national development agenda and support the tracking of achievements of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2063 of the African Union.

The Ghana Statistical Service is the lead agency implementing the Census in collaboration with other public sector agencies and partners.

The 2021 PHC will comprise a listing exercise to identify and number all structures, an enumeration phase to enumerate (count and collect information on) all persons and a post-enumeration survey to evaluate the Census.

The Ghana 2021 Population and Housing Census (PHC) will consist of a population census and a housing census as one operation.

The two censuses, though separate, constitute one statistical operation and they are not completely independent of each other because of the essential elements of each census which are common to both and are also with well-coordinated activities.

In this way, the information on the population and living quarters can be more readily matched, and processing is facilitated, and extensive analysis can be carried out.

This also makes it possible to relate to the housing census data, the information on demographic and economic characteristics of each household member that is routinely collected in the population census.

For the 2021 PHC the country has been delineated into over 51,000 enumeration areas to facilitate complete coverage.

Ancillary geo-spatial data layers (satellite imagery, building footprints, scores of difficulty) were used to validate and complement the Census mapping work (including use of interactive maps). A list of over 131,000 localities across the country has also been compiled.

Delivering a “paperless census” for Ghana is a key feature in the 2021 PHC. Adopting mobile data capture means changing from paper to an electronic questionnaire which will affect the entire census process.

Traditionally, censuses in Ghana have been conducted using paper questionnaires, manuals, and maps.

This innovation of using mobile devices means adopting a digital and environmentally friendly approach.

Going green will save the country approximately the printing of over 7 million household questionnaires.

In preparation for the 2021 PHC, three trial censuses and two trial post enumeration surveys will be used to test overall preparedness to undertake the Census successfully.

The Legal Authority for conducting this Population and Housing Census is the Statistical Service Act 2019 (Act 1003). This Law empowers the Government Statistician to conduct statistical surveys and any census in Ghana.

In the last decade, almost all global and national development agendas have consciously called for inclusivity of all persons, especially the vulnerable, leading to the phrase leave no one behind.

This clarion call has emphasized the need for nations to conscientiously undertake the age-long recommendation of a decennial Population and Housing Census (PHC) without gaps and as a constitutional responsibility of every government.

To this end, the conduct of a PHC must primarily ensure that everyone is counted, enumerated once and at the right place. These three conditions are the primary quality assurance indicators and constitute the basis for realizing the merits of conducting a PHC.

The conduct of a PHC in 2021 compellingly, transcends a constitutional mandate given the severalty of global and national happenings and development aspirations as well as technological innovations underscoring data capture and use.

The 2020 PHC will provide an indispensable framework in using administrative data to track the national, regional and global development agendas namely the Coordinated Programme of Economics and Social Development Policies, the Africa Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

While the PHC as a standalone data source has been identified to provide data to the lowest level of disaggregation to monitor some of the SDG indicators, it is the basis upon which the other sources of data for tracking the SDG indicators will be determined and benchmarked. It is therefore imperative that the 2021 Census ensures everyone is counted, enumerated once and at the right place.

The data revolution agenda which is underscored by technology has widened the scope of data sources, created an avenue for validation across different data sources and more importantly, equipped planners with a wider array of development alternatives.

Specifically, the complementary or in futuristic terms, the substitutability of traditional sources of data (censuses and surveys) with fast emerging reliance on administrative and big data across the globe, calls for a must and accurate conduct of a PHC in 2021.

The conduct of a PHC in 2021 will provide a framework to validate data from different sources and engender the transition to contemporary modes and sources of data for planning.

Who to be counted?

All persons who spend the census night in Ghana will be counted. This includes all persons who spent the night in a household, all persons who spend the census night in an institution (Group Quarters) and all outdoor sleepers and those in transit in Ghana (floating population) on census night.

What to expect during listing of structures

During listing, special serial numbers are assigned to structures in every Enumeration Area (EA) for the purpose of identifying the structures for actual enumeration.

A serial number preceded by 2021PHC will be written in chalk on the external walls of all structures that listed.

In addition, an enumerator (a census official) will collect some information on the type and the use of the structure, and the number of persons that usually reside within the structure.

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