As a society, and as duty bearers who are acting to provide services and ensure implementation of rights for people around the globe, one of the biggest issues that we face is the flawed, poor quality & quantity of data which in turn leads to incomplete statistics. We quite simply have inadequate and insufficient disaggregated data about populations, everywhere around the world. It’s not that I think people are only numbers by any means. A census on its own is only a snapshot, a particular view of the moment in time. The lives of human beings, peoples and their needs, can’t be reduced and encapsulated in data and statistics—but that said, a census is an essential tool which governments, civil society, duty bearers and service providers use to distribute their resources. That is the important part. Distributions of resources are based on numbers; they are based off of the categorisation and aggregation of data points which convert into actionable information.