A National Analytical Report of the 2010 Population and Housing Census was on Wednesday launched in Accra, with the aim of providing Government and stakeholders with current data to address socio-economic issues.
The report, which promises to provide the basis for assessing the achievements of various policies and interventions, is also expected to serve as the platform for comparing Ghana’s demographic characteristics with that of other countries.
It will also provide the basis for comparison of future censuses.
Speaking at the launch Dr Philomena Nyarko, Acting Government Statistician, announced that a replicate of the report would be sent to the regions for discussion.
She expressed gratitude to Government and development partners for providing technical and financial assistance for the project.
The analytical report is said to contain in-depth analysis of various topics covered in the 2010 Census including Disability; Information, Communication and Technology; and Agriculture which were not covered in previous censuses.
The report is being published two and a half years after the “census night” and more than a year after the final Population and Housing Census was released in May 2011.
Dr Bernard Coquelin, an Official of the United Nations Population Fund, called for the timely release of census reports to make them relevant for evidence-based policies and programmes.
He said though findings in the analytical report were positive, the document hid the existing marked regional and district disparities.
Dr Coquelin called for related evidence-based interventions and investments to remove the disparities.
“With the new National Development Medium Term Strategy being formulated, Ghana has the opportunity to use the revealed regional disparities evidence from the 2010 Census as the basis for a human-centred development strategy to eliminate regional disparities while targeting growth,” he said.
Dr Coquelin expressed confidence that Ghana could achieve the feat, stressing that the country has the rich tradition of development planning both at the national
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