The Population Census’ Conundrum: A Critical Analysis of the 2022 Population and Housing Census in Liberia


Authors : Teakon J. WILLIAMS

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 3 - March

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DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7809279

Abstract : An effective and efficient population census process, with reliable and valid data, iscritical for national development planning and project implementation. However, many experts in Liberia are skeptical of the reliability and validity of the results from the 2022 National Population and Housing Census given deviations from basicstandards and procedures whenconducting census. Most of the concerns stem from preliminary census results for counties that donot tally with existing validated health and other socio-economic data that would engender high population growth. To mitigate this situation, some sectors of the Liberian society are calling for either the cancellation or the relaunch of the census in line with established global protocols and procedures. There are concerns that most of the figures were made up to meet existing simulations values (based on the population growth rate of Liberia at 3%) of international organizations. Moreover, political commentators suspectthat the census values were tweaked to give the ruling establishment unfair competitive advantage in the upcoming election season.

Keywords : Validated data, Reliable data, Population growth rates, Unsubstantiated data, Unfair advantages.

An effective and efficient population census process, with reliable and valid data, iscritical for national development planning and project implementation. However, many experts in Liberia are skeptical of the reliability and validity of the results from the 2022 National Population and Housing Census given deviations from basicstandards and procedures whenconducting census. Most of the concerns stem from preliminary census results for counties that donot tally with existing validated health and other socio-economic data that would engender high population growth. To mitigate this situation, some sectors of the Liberian society are calling for either the cancellation or the relaunch of the census in line with established global protocols and procedures. There are concerns that most of the figures were made up to meet existing simulations values (based on the population growth rate of Liberia at 3%) of international organizations. Moreover, political commentators suspectthat the census values were tweaked to give the ruling establishment unfair competitive advantage in the upcoming election season.

Keywords : Validated data, Reliable data, Population growth rates, Unsubstantiated data, Unfair advantages.

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