The Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) has initiated household listing in cities across the country including Gulu in preparation for the national population census scheduled for May 9th and 10th of this year. The household listing exercise starts next week for a period of 20 days.
Household listing is a key activity in household surveys in which all structures within the relevant geographic area of the study are listed. Household listing is conducted to ascertain the standard of living in the city, the population per household in the city, social services and administrative boundaries.
The exercise shall involve both the citizens, residents and non-citizens but residents of Gulu city.
During the launch in Gulu city on Monday Nancy Anyango, UBOS Public Relations Officer, explained that the objective of the exercise is to facilitate the identification of households in a particular city, making it easier to determine the number of enumerators needed to count the population.
According to Anyango, metropolitan areas pose unique challenges compared to rural areas due to the constant movement of people day and night.
According to a report from Gulu city 2023, the city has a population of 409,000 people and housing a total of 9,569 refugees.