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DHS-IPUMS-I Rwanda regions, 2005-2014

Codes and Frequencies

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DHS_IPUMSI_ RW provides geographic codes for Rwanda that match those in the DHS and IPUMS-International databases. This variable can be used to link contextual area data from IPUMS-DHS to IPUMS-International or vice versa. The codes in DHS_IPUMSI_RW indicate the major administrative unit in which the household was enumerated or surveyed.

GIS shapefiles for Rwanda can be downloaded here.


The units in DHS_IPUMSI_RW are harmonized across DHS and IPUMS-International samples to account for changing boundaries in the major administrative level of geography. The time span for DHS samples are 2005 to 2014 and corresponds to the census samples from 2012 in IPUMS-International.

Rwanda 1992 and 2000 in DHS samples and 1991 and 2002 in IPUMS-International are excluded from DHS_IPUMSI_RW due to inconsistent boundaries and geographic units.

Boundary changes: In 2002, geographic units of prefectures changed to provinces. In 2006, the twelve provinces were abolished and replaced with the five provinces available in GEO_RW.


  • Rwanda 2005: All women age 15-49.
  • Rwanda 2008: All women age 15-49.
  • Rwanda 2010: All women age 15-49.
  • Rwanda 2014: All women age 15-49.
  • Rwanda: 2005-M, 2005-W, 2005-H, 2005-W, 2005-B, 2005-C, 2008-W, 2008-C, 2008-B, 2008-M, 2008-H, 2010-W, 2010-B, 2010-M, 2010-C, 2010-H, 2010-W, 2014-H, 2014-W, 2014-B, 2014-M, 2014-W, 2014-C