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Online regional workshop: Measurement of SDG indicators and follow-up of the 2030 Development Agenda through the processing of census data with REDATAM and mapping with QGis

10-17 May 2022 | Workshop

Classes will be taught by modules of three hours daily, for six days, and will be streamed using the Teams platform. They will focus on the processing, analysis and mapping of indicators from population and housing censuses using Redatam and QGis with the goal of learning their functionalities. We will explore the potential offered by censuses in the generation of indicators for monitoring the Agenda 2030 and the SDGs.


Idioma del curso Spanish
Online course
Tipo de financiamiento

Alejandra Silva

Alejandra Silva

Target audience

This workshop is intended for National Statistical Institutes and other public organizations, as well as representatives from academia and NGOs and has a maximum of 30 seats. The enrollment deadline is April 27th .


The region faces substantive challenges related to data sources to measure real progress in achieving the objectives and goals of the development agendas. In this context, population and housing censuses appears to be a primary source of information and should be considered as essential information for the calculation of the follow up indicators. Censuses are universal, they apply to the whole population within a country, they provide basic information at the dwelling, household and person levels, allowing the socio demographic characterization of the population and its living conditions.

Likewise, the 2020 census round planning and organizing started during the pandemic and this year field work will be carried out in many countries of the region. With two census rounds available, countries will monitor the Agenda 2030 through the comparison of the indicators. Likewise, censuses allow the construction of indicators with different disaggregation as stated in the SDG 17.18 to enhance national capacity to increase the accessibility of high-quality, timely and reliable data disaggregated by income, geographic location, and other characteristics relevant in national contexts.

Redatam, a statistical processing freeware software developed by CELADE-Population Division, offers key features such as its hierarchical data structure, friendly interface, and at the same time, the fast and efficient processing and analysis of specific population groups, given the universality of census.

The display of statistics through maps and their various ways of representing spatial distribution are an advantage for communicating and making visible the social inequity that exists in the region at the national and subnational levels. Therefore, we will dedicate several sessions to mapping with QGis.


We have readjusted the traditional methodology of face-to-face classes by designing an online course using a virtual platform. Classes will be taught in Spanish through modules of three hours per day, for six days, and will be streamed live. Therefore, students must activate the application every day to listen to the teacher and watch the ongoing exercises, classes are mandatory.

The class will be recorded daily so that the student can review it later. Exercises will be assigned to work individually after classes.

This workshop offers the opportunity to process, analyze and map information from population and housing censuses using Redatam emphasizing the creation of indicators defined in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that can be derived from censuses as the primary source.

Likewise, the spatial distribution of social inequalities can be analyzed using maps and adding the suggested disaggregation that can be computed form census data at national and subnational levels, such as: rural and urban areas, age groups, sex, disability, belonging to indigenous peoples, and others.

If you are interested, please fill out the following form and send it to Orly Winer ( until April 27th.