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The reference center

The Reference Center Project - Electronic Data Collection, is the result of a joint initiative between the Government of Brazil, the United Nations Population Fund and the Governments of Cape Verde and Senegal, aiming at creating a multiplication strategy for countries of the African continent. The methodology was developed by Brazil in 2010 to conduct a fully digital census. Solutions and widespread practices emerged from this pioneering experience, thanks to a broad cooperation between the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) and the Institutes of Statistics of several African and Latin American countries.

Our support

Reference Centers provide support to NSIs in the stages of census mapping, technology infrastructure preparation, data collection and societal awareness


Strategies for communicating and drawing support of various audiences and the media during the stages of the electronic census


Concepts and technical requirements for census mapping applied to electronic data collection


Concepts and technical requirements for establishing the communication and information infrastructure needed for the electronic collection of data

Data collection

Strategies for monitoring and controlling data collection with Mobile Collection Devices

Presentation of the center

The South-South Trilateral Technical Cooperation Project, Reference Centers for Census with Electronic Data Collection in Africa, is a platform for the exchange of experiences and for the joint construction of innovative approaches that will strengthen the African Centers of Statistics for their next rounds of census activities.

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Training session at the National Statistics Institute