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Executive Summary

In the LISGIS Act, Section 50A.7 of the Laws of the Republic of Liberia empowers LISGIS to collect information from persons and establishments, in order that LISGIS achieve its goals and objectives. One of LISGIS’ objectives is to provide timely and reliable statistics for planning and monitoring Government development strategies. The national data bank was vandalized during the civil wars thus destroying most of the statistical time series including the detailed information on censuses of 1962, 1974 and 1984.

After the 1984 census, Liberia should have conducted a census in 1994 and 2004 but did not, mainly because of the civil wars. The civil wars also destroyed most of the detailed population statistics collected during the census of 1962, 1974 and 1984 leaving information mainly at national levels only. The results of the 1984 census were lost during the civil war before the analysis phase. The post war statistical situation was from scanty data mainly from sample surveys and not adequately covering smaller subnational
levels.

The Government expressed its commitment to conduct this census when it launched the census document in July 2006. The main concept behind the 2008 census was to provide the urgently needed information for planning and monitoring development processes at all levels of planning. The previous censuses were de jure, which means that they enumerated only usual residents in Liberia. The 2008 census was de facto meaning that they enumerated all persons who spent the reference census night of 20th/21st March 2008 in Liberia. The enumeration/data collection took place from 21st to 30th March 2008.

The preliminary results of the 2008 census, showing the total population, by sex and basic population indicators by county district and major urban areas, were released in June 2008. The final results were pronounced by the Minister of Planning and Economic Affairs, Amara M. Konneh in May, 2009. The final report including fourteen (14) thematic tables was also launched in December, 2009 by the Minister of Planning and Economic Affairs. This Administrative Report covers details of how the census activities of the various census phases were planned and implemented. It also gives account of innovations, challenges and finally gives recommendations on how to avoid or overcome some of the challenges. It is hoped that this report will be a useful reference to the planners of future censuses.

The success of this census was as a result of the dedicated effort of the Government of Liberia, the Census Commission, the development partners, the Board of Directors, the Consultants, the Analysts and their assistants, the census secretariat, the Management and staff of the Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS), the Ministry of Internal Affairs and its local authorities, a total of 9,485 field staff who were deployed throughout the country to implement the census data collection and the foreign residents and millions of Liberians who responded.
 
                  
 
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