Presentation The 4th GPHC in short

About the 4th GPHC

The General Population and Housing Census is the statistical source which provides exhaustive data at the finest geographical level on the demographic, economic and socio-cultural characteristics of the population. These data constitute a valuable instrument for the preparation, monitoring and evaluation of development plans and programs, both at national, regional and decentralized local government levels. The United Nations recommends that member countries carry out their GPHC every ten years, in order to have up-to-date socio-demographic data, necessary for framing development policies.

After the 2005 GPHC, Cameroon plans to carry out its fourth GPHC. The realization of this vast project was instituted by Presidential Decree N ° 2015/397 of September 15, 2015 and entrusted to the Central Bureau of Censuses and Population Studies (BUCREP). The 4th GPHC will be carried out in several phases:

  • preparatory activities
  • census cartography
  • pilot census
  • main enumeration
  • post-enumeration survey
  • the exploitation and analysis of collected datas
  • publication, dissemination and dissemination of results

The Government has opted for the use of smartphones (pocket computer) when collecting data, in order to have the results shorten the time for making the results available. Indeed, this technological option has the advantage of eliminating the verification, coding and data entry phases.

How does it works?

Before the enumeration

Preparatory activities

Development of methodologies, design of collection tools (questionnaires, applications, manuals, etc.) and mobilization of resources (financial, material, logistical and human).

Census cartography

The localities file is updated and the area is divided into a work area called the Enumeration Area (EA) in which an enumerator will be deployed each.

Pilot Census

All the steps of the census and the different developed methodologies are tested on a sample of around 260 urban and rural enumeration areas.

During the enumeration

Main Enumeration

The key phase of the census, it allows the counting of the population and the collection of information on individuals and dwellings in households. An enumerator recruited by BUCREP comes to your home. It is up to the head of the household or his replacement to answer the questions put to him. For this exercise, the enumerator will use a smartphone. Your collected data is protected by the confidentiality clause of the statistical law governing surveys and censuses.

Post-Enumeration Survey (PES)

The post-enumeration survey (PES) is carried out at the latest three months after the end of the main enumeration. It aims to assess the coverage of the enumeration and the quality of certain key variables (gender and age in particular). It concerns a sample of EA drawn in 12 strata. The strata are made up of the 10 regions of the country, and the cities of Douala and Yaounde, considered as full strata.

After the enumeration

Exploitation and Analysis

The operating activities are cross-cutting since they occur at all stages of the operation. The analysis will allow the development of priority analysis tomes, regional monographs and other socio-demographic studies.

Publication of Results

The publication, dissemination and dissemination aim to make the results and information of the census available and accessible to users, on different types of medium, by facilitating their understanding and use.

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State of progress

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Census cartography 100%
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Pilot Census 100%
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