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Count Me In: Census 2014 Officially Launched

The long awaited Census will be conducted in Maldives in September 2014. During the nationwide population count, all people who are residing in the Maldives will be counted, including, for the first time, the expatriate population. Census is a crucial mechanism to collect important data for policy formulation and development planning.

UNFPA has been working in close collaboration with the National Bureau of Statistics, the Government agency charged with implementing the Census. To ensure that the present round of censuses yield data that is reliable and comparable across countries, UNFPA has mobilized resources to strengthen the country’s technical capabilities through facilitation of trainings and providing technical expertise.

The Census results are timely to support the Government’s vested interest in youth development, 21 per cent of the Maldivian population is estimated between the ages of 15-24, amounting to a large proportion in the working age group.

“Census 2014 is both historic and different. For the first time ever, this census takes into account the expatriates living and working in Maldives,” Mr. Mohamed Maleeh Jamaal, Minister of Youth and Sports said during the ceremony held to launch Census 2014 on 7 August.

“The upcoming census will give us more precise data and better insight into exactly the investment that are needed to fully realize the potential of young people for the benefit of not only the young people themselves, but for society and development in general,” Mr. Rune Brandrup, UNFPA Programme Coordinator said.

With the theme ‘Count me in’, Census 2014 is set to take place from 20-27 September 2014 with the preliminary results expected within a few weeks.  UNFPA in Maldives will work with National Bureau of Statistics and other partners to produce analysis of different areas of particular interest including women and youth. The previous Census took place in 2006.

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