Assessment of GIS for the population and housing census and agricultural census in the Sudan

ESCWA Publication: E/ESCWA/CL4.SIT/2022/TP.2

Country: Republic of Sudan

Publication Type: Reports & studies

Cluster: Statistics, Information Society and Technology

Focus Area: Statistics

Initiatives: Population & Housing Censuses

SDGs: Agenda 2030

Keywords: Geographic information systems, Population censuses, Housing censuses, Agricultural censuses, Geospatial information management, Statistical data, Sustainable development, Technical cooperation

Assessment of GIS for the population and housing census and agricultural census in the Sudan

October 2022

Geospatial information methodologies and technologies have been adopted by national statistical organizations (NSOs), including in many developing countries, with the recognition that the appropriate use and application of these technologies is beneficial to efficiency in the preparatory, enumeration, processing and dissemination phases of the population and housing census, and ultimately in its overall quality. Today, virtually every NSO uses a geographic information system (GIS) to create digital maps, create and maintain databases, disseminate geostatistical products and provide a wide range of services. Building a statistical-geospatial infrastructure in support of censuses and statistical activities is particularly recognized as an enabler for facilitating data sharing and improving the availability and access of country information in support of evidence-based decision-making and sustainable development.

It is against this mandate that the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) in the Sudan aims to use innovative geospatial information technologies in support of its upcoming census, and to adopt and implement them in accordance with United Nations recommendations, taking into account national circumstances. In this regard, the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) has commissioned the present report to identify the scope and the gaps of the existing geospatial infrastructure within the statistical office in the Sudan, with guidelines on how to use geospatial information technologies at every stage of the census, and identify the resources and capacities needed for their implementation and monitoring.

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