- To improve on the knowledge on the socio-demographic characteristics of the inhabitants of this country in order to ensure a more rigorous integration of the
"population" variable into social and economic plans and programmers;
- To update the statistical database on population, especially after the traumatic incidents of the early 1990s which had far reaching effects on the status and
evolution of this population, in other words, on the size, structure and spatial distribution of this population on the one hand, and on its internal dynamics
resulting from the interplay of fertility and mortality levels and migratory flows;
- To create a geo-demographic database and to update the national
- Sampling frame which shall enhance the conduct of subsequent population datasources.
Microdata for General Population and Housing Census (2002)
The general population and housing census was instituted by presidential decree 43/01 of 26 December 1999, as amended by presidential decree 28/01 of 10 November 2000. All natural and legal persons are required to take part in the census, to cooperate with the census taker, and to supply accurate answers to the questions contained in the census questionnaire.
This is the Preliminary report of the General Census of Population and Housing held in August 2002, which was the third in Rwanda, after those of 1978 and 1991.