OECS Member States Preparing for Census Process

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Feb. 26 — The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Sub-regional Office for the Caribbean and the Special Initiative on Census, at the request of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, will conduct a workshop on essential census administrations and costing from 1st – 5th March in Barbados. The objective of the workshop, among others, will be to accelerate the preparatory phase of the census process in a planned and systematic manner and to further harmonize the census questionnaires and methodology among the OECS Member States. This presents the opportunity to develop a common plan and budget that will serve as the guiding document for timely implementation of census preparatory activities within the OECS. This should contribute to the successful implementation of the censuses in 2011 resulting in comparable data useful for policy and decision making as the OECS moves towards the harmonization of social policies and the formation of an economic union. The workshop will have two (2) purposes. First, it will examine basic concepts and tools for census administration and costing; and second to provide direct support in preparing the actual census chronogram and budget. These are two essential instruments in the preparation of the census project document which not only are a planning tool for the census operations, but also instruments of advocacy and resource mobilization Programme Officer at the OECS Secretariat Sean Curtis Mathurin, says that this initiative represents ongoing collaborations between the OECS Secretariat and the UNFPA as regards the successful implementation of the censuses in 2011. Source: Organisation of the Eastern Caribbean States

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