Gov’t and UNFPA prepare 200 volunteers to collect population data in 2022

Gov’t and UNFPA prepare 200 volunteers to collect population data in 2022

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DILI, 16 august 2022 (TATOLI) – The Government Ministry of Finance through the Department of National Statistics together with Development partner, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) provided Training of Trainers (ToT) to 200 volunteers to collect data for the Timor-Leste’s population census by 2022.

General director of statistics, Elias Dos Santos Pereira said before releasing 200 volunteer staff to collect the data, staff had to attend seven days of training prepared by statistical staff and UNFPA.

“The seven days of training focused on using the tablet platform for data collection,” Elias Dos Santos Pereira told the reporters in the IOB meeting room, Manleuana, this Tuesday.

According to Santos, the statistics department also provides relevant questions which are used to interview people across the region including those currently living abroad for different purposes such as work, study, and others.

UNFPA’s acting representative in Timor-Leste, Domingas Bernardo considers population data important and useful for all countries in the world, including Timor-Leste, to adapt to important programs such as education, health, economy, and necessary to use for the allocation of the state budget.

“The data collection for 2022 is different from previous years. We adapt to technology and use android tables to conduct interviews and data collection. So it is an honor and privilege for UNFP to provide technical support and ensure the results of the data collected will be of data quality.”

So far, 330 android tablets will be used for population data collection by 2022, while the government has recruited 3,424 staff to carry out data collection, of which 94% are women and 46% are men.

“The population census will start on September 4 to October 5, 2022, we hope that the preliminary data results will be given in November 2022,”

For population data collection, the government had previously prepared 31.1 million USD to complete the work, with support from partners including UNFPA providing 77,767 USD, UNICEF 56,000 USD, UNDP 25,000 USD, and WPF 20,000 USD.

Financial support from development partners was used for technical support and procurement of android equipment.


Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá

Editor: Nelia B.


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