The survey will take some three weeks to administer; after it is completed, the post-enumeration phase will begin. During this final phase, GRID3 will support data processing by refining the microcensus analysis/modelling plan and cleaning the data. An exploratory analysis and basic model fitting will also be undertaken. Population modelling will be performed, as will data interpretation and discussions for inputs and planning, followed by the release of the population estimates in partnership with NBS.
In addition to providing population estimates to be used for the full population and housing census the country plans to hold in the coming years, the PES has many potential long-term benefits. The resulting gridded population estimates will increase the availability, accessibility, and utilisation of reliable data on population size and basic demographic characteristics, and these estimates can in turn be used to inform service delivery (including immunisation, school enrolment, and humanitarian assistance).
“Current, reliable population data is crucial for South Sudan to achieve many of the indicators under the Sustainable Development Goals,”
says Wellington Mbithi, GRID3 Technical Specialist at UNFPA.
“We are part of a huge global effort to ensure that every country can track its progress toward an inclusive, equitable future.”