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The African Census Analysis Project (ACAP) is a collaborative initiative between the University of Pennsylvania and African institutions specializing in demographic research and training. This initiative was started as an effort to try and maximize the use of African census micro-data for academic and policy oriented research that will be beneficial both to African governments and individuals interested in African research.
African censuses until recently have been greatly underutilized. Most of the census micro-data collected prior to and including the 1960s have deteriorated as a result of poor archiving. Nevertheless existing censuses provide the raw materials for examining demographic trends in several key areas such as population growth, mortality, urbanization, and migration, with great potential not only for training new researchers, but also for local use in administrative and policy-relevant applications. Census data allow us to study demographic processes at the local administrative level and to examine the spatial components of demographic processes.
ACAP pursues three specific aims: archiving of African census data, research collaboration with African researchers, and demographic capacity strengthening in Africa. To date, ACAP has obtained and archived 34 censuses from 15 African nations thus preventing some of them from further destruction. The fifteen countries from which we currently have data spread across all regions of Africa.
To enhance demographic research in Africa, ACAP is developing the Pan-African Census Explorer (PACE), an analysis engine integrating user-friendly software that allows African researchers and census officials to analyze census data with ease. The first output of PACE for user-friendly access and analysis of African census has been developed.
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