The two-day meeting was organised by UNFPA and funded by PARIS21. It was attended by some 20 participants from sub-Saharan African countries, donors, Eurostat, the US Census Bureau, PARIS21 Secretariat, ECA, UNESCO, and UNFPA (Annex 1). The first day was a meeting of the Interagency Coordinating Committee on Censuses (ICCC)for sub-Sahara Africa. This comprised an overview of census funding trends and a review of progress in census activities on a country-by-country basis in sub-Saharan Africa, based on a compilation of a compendium of activities related to the 2000 round of censuses prepared by Africa Division, UNFPA. The US Census Bureau gave a demonstration of its new Windows based software package CSPro that can be used for data entry, tabulations and analysis. The second day was for the first meeting of the PARIS21 Census Task Force at which sessions were held on the problems in financing censuses from both developing country and donor perspectives, and strategies for reducing census costs – a short account of the objectives and programme of PARIS21 was also given.

Meeting Report - Joint Interagency Coordinating Committee on Censuses for sub-Sahara Africa