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Training of supervisors for the first Socio-demographic and Economic Survey in Bamiyan

The Central Statistics Organization of Afghanistan and UNFPA inaugurated a training of supervisors for the first Socio-Demographic and Economic Survey in Bamyan Province.

Dr. Habiba Sarabi, governor of Bamyan Province, Mr. Sami Nabi, of Central Statistics Organization, Mr. Matsuda Makoto, of the Embassy of Japan and Mr. Arie Hoekman, United Nations Population Fund Representative in Afghanistan inaugurated on August 3rd the training of supervisors for the first Socio-Demographic and Economic Survey in Bamyan Province.

"Good data is essential for making good decisions in response to population problems and trends. Numbers tell us about people. Censuses, surveys and vital statistics provide critical data to guide plans, policies and programmes to meet people's needs and improve their lives." 
Dr. Arie Hoekman, 
United Nations Population Fund Representative during the press conference

"Everyone knows the importance of data and Bamyan Province feels valued to be the very first province to conduct the Socio-Demographic and Economic Survey. This data will show us what we need. We know how many people are enrolled in schools but we do not know how many are out of school. We have safety and security and are the first province to transition and we are thankful to Japan, CSO and UNFPA for their support" said Dr. Habiba Sarabi, governor of Bamyan Province.

More than 400 enumerators will participate in the operation and the training will teach them how to collect reliable data during the Socio-Demographic and Economic Survey (SDES) that will start in September. The aim of this data collection is to provide planners, policy makers, administrators, and other public entities, academe, international community and other relevant organizations with accurate and reliable data for evidence-based planning, program development, and project monitoring and evaluation.

"Good data is essential for making good decisions in response to population problems and trends. Numbers tell us about people. Censuses, surveys and vital statistics provide critical data to guide plans, policies and programmes to meet people's needs and improve their lives." said Dr. Arie Hoekman, United Nations Population Fund Representative during the press conference. 

The Socio-Demographic and Economic Survey is a fundamental opportunity to obtain complete and accurate information on the size, age and sex composition as well as marital status of the population; to gather information on educational characteristics of the population such as school attendance, educational attainment, and literacy; to collect data on the economic status of the population by asking usual occupation, and employment status. The SDES will also collect data on population movements (migration); functional difficulty, fertility particulars, and mortality, household and housing characteristics.

"It is important to remind people that the SDES will first be conducted in Bamyan and will then be rolled out across all 34 provinces in the country" said Mr. Sami Nabi of the Central Statistics Organization in Afghanistan.

"The presence of data and analysis is indispensible for the development of Afghanistan and Japan will support this survey because better planning will improve services for the people of Bamyan." Mr. Matsuda Makoto of the Embassy of Japan

UNFPA and the Government of Japan support the Socio-Demographic and Economic Survey in Bamyan Province implemented by CSO as donors and facilitators.

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Contacts: 
Mr. Payab Yunus, UNFPA Afghanistan Assistant Representative - payab@unfpa.org
Ms. Merecedita Tia, UNFPA Census Advisor - tia@unfpa.org

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Socio-Demographic and Economic Survey in Bamyan Province

Press - 04 August 2011