International Technical Advisory Board (ITAB)

ITAB served as an advisory body on technical, logistical, and administrative issues concerning the implementation of the 2014 Census. The International Technical Advisory Board (ITAB) was formed in January 2013, as part of the 2014 Myanmar Census structure. It comprised 20 eminent experts in the field of demography, statistics, and related disciplines. ITAB provided guidance at various stages of the Census process and ensured its compliance with international standards. The more specific functions of ITAB were to: i) advise on the proposed Census plan, including the timeline, to ensure its comprehensiveness and feasibility; ii) advise on the Census questionnaire to ensure that both the questionnaire and the manuals prepared for enumerators and supervisors followed international standards; iii) advise on the logistics of data collection and on the procedures for data processing to ensure that they were compatible with international standards and good practices; iv) advise on the development of the advocacy campaign and communications activities; v) advise on the robust monitoring, evaluation and quality control mechanisms for all steps of the Census process to ensure reliability of data; vi) examine the process and the results of the Pilot Census in order to improve the operations of the 2014 Census; vii) advise on methods and practices to ensure that the Census results were widely disseminated, properly analysed and used for planning, policymaking and evaluation according to international guidelines and good practices; and viii) advise on any other related issues that would have a bearing on the quality and reliability of the processes and the results of the Census. ITAB was formed and held its first meeting in January 2013.

The ITAB offers advice to the Government of Myanmar and UNFPA on a range of technical, logistical and administrative issues to support the successful implementation of the census. Members of the ITAB have stated their strong commitment to supporting Myanmar by providing their experience, and consider themselves privileged to be part of such a historical and transformative process.

Keiko Osaki, Chief of Demographic and Social Statistics Branch, the United Nations Statistics Division in New York, and member of the ITAB, stated: "The census data is at the base of almost all major planning decisions of a country. The Government of Myanmar decided to conduct a population and housing census, after three decades absence. I'm honored and delighted to be able to be a part of this milestone event, which will serve to improve the life of every person in Myanmar."

Duncan Young, Head of the Australian Census of Population and Housing, and member of ITAB: "The population and social statistics that are provided by a census are critical for good governance and effective public administration, and more specifically for the planning of hospitals, schools, roads and public transport. I am impressed with the progress of the preparations and believe that the Department of Population will have the technical capacity to organise a good census."