A Census is important because it helps compile a numerical profile of Botswana. This in turn informs decision-making at all levels both in government and the private sector.
Key Uses of Census Data
Data from the census has a wide range of use. The specific objectives of the 2022 Population and Housing Census project include:-
i. Provision of data for constituency delimitation processes;
ii. Increase availability and accessibility of accurate, timely and reliable baseline data on demographic and socio-economic characteristics of the population;
iii. Provision of various demographic baseline indicators, such as current data for the determination of fertility, mortality and migration levels, patterns and trends,
as well as population growth at national and sub-national levels;
iv. Formulation of development policies and programs as well as tracking and monitoring socio-economic development, among others
v. Interpretation and dissemination of population census data in a manner that will ensure effective application as well as an understanding of the population
factors in national development evidence-based decision making, formulation of policies, programmes and projects;
vi. Strengthening national capacities in data collection, processing, analysis, dissemination and utilization, including Geographic Information System (GIS), as well as,
census strategic planning and management.