After the pre-bid conference that took place on Wednesday 28th March, 2018 at Real Towers- Upper hill area Nairobi, KNBS wishes to extend the tender closing and opening date to enable give interested tenderers adequate time to respond to concerns raised during the pre-bid conference. Eligible Tenderers are therefore requested to obtain further information and download the respective addendums from the KNBS website; under “Tenders” portal. Further, submission deadline for all the tenders has been extended to 13th April, 2018 at 10:00am instead of 3rd April, 2018 as previously stated.


NB: Kindly note that other information in the tender document remains the same. Proposed drawings will be uploaded in the website together with the respective addendums.




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CPI and rates of inflation for March 2018

Kenya National Bureau of Statistics hereby releases monthly Consumer Price Indices (CPI) and rates of inflation, for March, 2018. These numbers were generated by conducting a survey of retail prices for a basket of household consumption goods and services, during the second and third weeks of the month under review. The prices were obtained from selected retail outlets in 25 data collection zones spread across Nairobi and 13 other urban centers.

The CPI increased by 1.39 per cent from 188.00 in February 2018 to 190.62 in March 2018. The overall year on year inflation stood at 4.18 per cent in March 2018. 

Launch of the 2015/16 Kenya Integrated Household Budget Survey (KIHBS) Reports

Rationale for Implementation of 2015/16 KIHBS

  • Provide updated parameters for sharing of national resources as provided in the Constitution of Kenya, 2010
  • Provide a wide range of national and county-specific indicators necessary for assessment of the living standards of the population.
  • Monitoring the impact of the Implementation of the devolved system of Government
  • Monitor and evaluate Government programmes. eg Medium Term Plan (MTP II) and to provide benchmark indicators for Medium Term Plan III
  • Provide indicators for monitoring Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2063

The objectives of the 2015/16 KIHBS were:

  • Computation of updated poverty and inequality indicators at national and county levels
  • Computation of updated labour force indicators
  • Computation of updated consumption baskets to produce new Consumer Price Index (CPI) series
  • Provide requisite data for the System of National Accounts (SNA)

History of Household Budget Surveys (HBS): –

  • 1981/82 Rural Household Budget Survey (RHBS)
  • 1983/84 Urban Household Budget Survey (UHBS)
  • 1993/94 Urban Household Budget Survey (UHBS)
  • Welfare Monitoring Surveys (WMS)- 1992;1994;1997
  • 2005/06 Kenya Integrated Household Budget Survey (KIHBS)

2015/16 Kenya Integrated Household Budget Survey KIHBS

  • Survey conducted over a 12-month period to capture seasonality- from September 2015 to August 2016.
  • Recommended duration for implementation of Household Budget Surveys is once every five years


  • 2015/16 KIHBS targeted a sample of 24,000 households drawn from 2400 clusters
  • Sampling- The sampling for the survey was done in two stages.
  • In the first stage, a total of 2,400 clusters (988 in urban and 1,412 in rural areas) were sampled from NASSEP V sampling frame
  • The second stage involved selection of 10 households (from each cluster) out of which five households were randomly selected for the administration of diaries

Survey Instruments

  • Three main questionnaires and two dairies were administered to the household
  • One market questionnaire and a community questionnaire
  • Survey instruments were administered using the Paper Assisted Personal Interview (PAPI)

Response Rates

  • Data was obtained from 21,773 Households representing a response rate of 91.3 Per cent
  • Response rate for rural households was 93.6% while that for Urban areas was 88.0%.
  • The non-response albeit low was occasioned by insecurity and unavailability of households due to nomadism in some parts of the country

Basic Report on Well Being in Kenya 1.41 MB 3959 downloads


Labour Force Basic Report 3.91 MB 2752 downloads


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The Kenya Integrated Household Budget Survey (KIHBS) was designed to collect key information for computation of updated poverty and inequality indicators, to update the labour force indicators, derive the consumer price index, and revise the national accounts information.

The survey was also aimed at providing data on key socio-economic aspects of the Kenyan population which include: education, health, energy, housing, water and sanitation. This data is critical to the national and county governments and private sector for the purpose of guiding investment and national development policy decisions. The basic report provides a reflection of the socio-economic status of the Kenyan population.

Date:                       Thursday, 22nd March 2018
9:00 AM

Venue:                    Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), Lenana Hall.

Guest Speaker:    Mr. Henry Rotich, EGH Cabinet Secretary, The National Treasury and Ministry of Planning

Leading Economic Indicators January 2018

The Leading Economic Indicators highlights trends in Consumer Price Indices (CPI) and inflation, interest rates, exchange rates, international trade, agriculture, energy, manufacturing, building and construction, tour-ism and transport.
Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased from 183.05 points in December 2017 to 185.47 points in January 2018. The overall rate of inflation rose from 4.50 per cent to 4.83 per cent during the same period. In January 2018, the Kenyan Shilling depreciated against the major trading currencies except for the US Dollar, the Ugandan shilling and the Tanzanian shilling. The average yield rate for the 91-day Treasury bills, which is a benchmark for the general trend of interest rates increased from 8.01 per cent in December 2017 to 8.04 in January 2018, while the inter-bank rate dropped from 7.27 per cent in December 2017 to 6.21 per cent in January 2018.
The Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) 20 share index increased from 3,711 points in December 2017 to 3,737 points in January 2018, while the total number of shares traded rose from 451 million shares to 862 mil-lion shares during the same period. The total value of NSE shares traded increased from KSh 11.87 billion in December 2017 to KSh 20.34 billion in January 2018.
Broad money supply (M3), a key indicator for monetary policy formulation, decreased from KSh 3,028.14 bil-lion in December 2017 to KSh 3,020.85 billion in January 2018. Gross Foreign Exchange Reserves increased from KSh 996.56 billion in December 2017 to KSh 1,000.19 billion in January 2018. Net Foreign Exchange Reserves increased from KSh 519.93 billion in December 2017 to KSh 541.63 billion in January 2018.

Happy Womens Day

As we celebrate the International Women’s Day, find herein Important dates for women in Kenya since 1950s
1952 First African women’s organization formed (MYWO)
1955 First group of women admitted to University of Nairobi
1958 First African woman joins the Legislative Council
1959 First African woman becomes president of the giant MYWO
1960 First African woman ventures into broadcasting
1961 First African woman attends the Lancaster constitutional talks in London
1963 Women given the right to vote
1964 First group of African women joins the trade union movement
1964 Equality opportunity act established
1964 Maternity leave granted for women
1964 Basic pension adopted for women
1967 First woman magistrate appointed
1968 First woman appointed mayor
1969 First woman becomes Member of parliament
1969 First woman appointed District Officer
1971 First woman in East and Central Africa earns PHD
1974 First woman appointed Assistant Minister
1976 Establishment of the Women’s Bureau
1982 Appointment of the First woman judge to the High Court of Kenya
1983 First women appointed to head public parastatal
1984 First woman Ambassador appointed
1986 First woman elected as clergy (PCEA)
1986 First woman appointed to senior diplomatic mission
1987 First woman Permanent Secretary
1993 House allowance granted to women in the public sector
1995 First woman appointed to the cabinet
1995 First female Kenyan pilot
1997 First woman vies for presidency
1999 First woman appointed Provincial Commissioner
2004 First African (Kenyan) woman to qualify to captain a commercial aircraft.
2005 First woman appointed to chair WTO’s general council
2013 Appointment of first woman as deputy inspector General of police.
2017 First Three Women elected as Governors
2017 First Two Women elected as Senators
2017 Kenyan government adopts the basic education amendment bill that was signed into law making it mandatory for the government to supply free, sufficient and quality sanitary towels to every girl child registered and enrolled in a public basic education institution.



The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) is a Semi-Autonomous Government Agency established under the Statistics Act, 2006 to collect, compile, analyze, and disseminate socio-economic statistics needed for planning and policy formulation in Kenya. KNBS invites sealed open National tenders as below:-

TENDER NO: KNBS/OT/23/2017-2018

ITEM/SERVICE DESCRIPTION: Provision of Insurance Cover for KNBS Motor Vehicle (76No.) and 47No. Motor Cycles

CLOSING DATES: 19th March, 2018

Original and Completed Tender document plus one copy should be enclosed in plain sealed envelopes marked with tender reference number and be deposited in the Tender Box on 1st Floor– Herufi House addressed to:-Eligible Tenderers may obtain further information and download the Tender Document free of charge from the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS) supplier portal ( and /or Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) website; under “Tenders” portal. Those who download the document must immediately forward their particulars (i.e. Name & Contacts of Applicant) to email; for purposes of registration.

Director General

Kenya National Bureau of Statistics

P.O. Box 30266-00100,


so as to be received on or before 19th March, 2018 at 10:00am

Tenders will be opened immediately thereafter in the presence of the Candidates or their representatives who choose to attend at the KNBS Board RoomHerufi House, 1st Floor.

 Any canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification. Late tenders will not be accepted


The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) would like to bring to the attention of the public that it has not placed any job advertisements for the 2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census, as is being purported through social media.

We wish to notify the public that all our recruitments are coordinated from our Human Resource Management and Development office in Nairobi. All KNBS job advertisements are done through the daily newspapers, uploaded on the website,, and a link sent to the official social media sites. Anytime you receive job advertisements purported to be from the Bureau, kindly verify such details from our official platforms.

The recruitment processes are free, fair and do not involve exchange of money or favors of any kind. Members of public are therefore advised NOT to send any money for employment.

The people behind the advert are fraudsters and conmen posing as employees of the Bureau for their selfish gains.

We caution the public to be wary of such individuals who purport to be recruiting on   behalf of the Bureau.


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