Consumer Price Indices and Inflation Rates for April 2019

Kenya National Bureau of Statistics hereby releases monthly Consumer Price Indices (CPI) and rates of inflation, for April 2019. These numbers were generated from a survey of retail prices that targeted a basket of household consumption goods and services. The exercise was conducted during the second and third weeks of the month, with prices being obtained from selected retail outlets in 25 data collection zones in Nairobi and in 13 other urban centers.

The CPI increased by 3.51 per cent from 198.91 in March 2019 to 205.90 in April 2019. The overall year on year inflation in April 2019 stood at 6.58 per cent.Consumer Price Indices and Inflation Rates for April 2019

Economic Survey 2019 Launch

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics has released the 2019 Economic Survey report which highlights the country’s economic performance for the year 2018. The report shows the economy has expanded by 6.3 per cent, compared to 4.9 percent in 2017.

While launching the report, the Cabinet Secretary, National Treasury and Planning Mr Henry Rotich said that the growth is higher than the 3.0 per cent recorded for the sub-Saharan region and 3.6 per cent estimated for the global economy.
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Director General Mr Zachary Mwangi said the global economy recorded a decelerated growth of 3.6 % in 2018 compared to 3.8% in 2017. This was attributed to a strong job growth and increased demand for goods and services.

In the local scene, Mr Mwangi said the favorable weather conditions in 2018 contributed to increased production for crops and livestock.

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2019 FinAccess Household Survey Key Findings

The Central Bank of Kenya in collaboration with the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics and Financial Sector Deepening (FSD) have launched the Financial Access (FinAccess) Household Survey 2019.

The 2019 Survey seeks to improve on this track record by providing information beyond the conventional measures of access and usage.  It provides new information on the quality and impact dimensions, examining financial health and livelihoods, consumer protection, financial literacy in addition to probing more deeply on the frequency of usage. The survey also includes independent business and agriculture modules to better understand usage of financial products and services within these livelihoods, crucial for the development of an all-inclusive financial ecosystem for all Kenyans.

Measurement of financial inclusion in Kenya commenced in 2006 through the creation of FinAccess surveys implemented over the years by the Central Bank Kenya (CBK), Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) and Financial Sector Deepening (FSD) Kenya. Given the fast pace of financial sector development in Kenya, the FinAccess Survey constitutes an important tool for monitoring financial inclusion trends and dynamics, thus informing policy and industry on progress towards pro-poor and pro-growth financial sector development. Both the Central Bank of Kenya and The National Treasury and Planning have relied on FinAccess data to inform the development of policies that support inclusion. These include agency banking and national payments regulations as well as initiatives to improve transparency in the sector. Data generated from these surveys is also widely used by the private sector, development partners and researchers.

The 2019 survey findings clearly show that Kenya’s financial inclusion landscape has undergone a transformation since 2006. Formal financial inclusion has risen to 82.9 percent, up from 26.7 percent in 2006, while complete exclusion has narrowed to 11.0 percent from 41.3 percent in 2006. The disparities in financial access between rich and poor, men and women, and rural and urban areas have also declined remarkably. Key drivers of these changes include: the growth of mobile money, government initiatives and support, and developments in information and communications technology (ICT).

The significant reduction in the proportion of the adult population totally excluded from financial services and products vindicates the policies, strategies and reforms undertaken by the government as well as the widespread adoption of digital technology and innovations by financial sector players. These have helped in deepening financial inclusion by enabling the population to overcome infrastructural constraints to access especially in rural areas.

Launch of 2019 FinAccess Household Survey Report

FinAccess Survey launch presentation

 

 

Consumer Price Indices and Inflation Rates for March 2019

Kenya National Bureau of Statistics hereby releases monthly Consumer Price Indices (CPI) and rates of inflation, for March, 2019. These numbers were generated from a survey of retail prices that targeted a basket of household consumption goods and services. The exercise was conducted during the second and third weeks of the month, with prices being obtained from selected retail outlets in 25 data collection zones in Nairobi and in 13 other urban centers.

The CPI increased by 1.60  per cent from 195.78 in February 2019 to 198.91 in March 2019. The overall year on year inflation in March 2019 stood at 4.35 per cent.Consumer Price Indices and Inflation Rates for March 2019

CPI and rates of inflation for February 2019

Kenya National Bureau of Statistics hereby releases monthly Consumer Price Indices (CPI) and rates of inflation, for February, 2019. These numbers were generated from a survey of retail prices that targeted a basket of household consumption goods and services. The exercise was conducted during the second and third weeks of the month, with prices being obtained from selected retail outlets in 25 data collection zones in Nairobi and in 13 other urban centers.

The CPI increased by 0.82 per cent from 194.18 in January 2019 to 195.78 in February 2019. The overall year on year inflation in February 2019 stood at 4.14 per cent. CPI and rates of inflation for February 2018

Launch of the Gross County Product 2019 Report

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) has released the Gross County Product (GCP) report. This is the inaugural publication which covers estimates from 2013, when the counties started operating to 2017. Gross County Product is a measure of how much each county contributes to Kenya’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and may therefore be interpreted as the “County GDP”.

The compilation of GCP is in accordance with international guidelines on estimation of regional gross domestic product. The compilation of report was done with assistance from the World Bank under the Kenya Accountable Devolution Program (KADP) – a multi-donor Trust Fund administered by the Bank and funded by DANIDA, DFID, the European Commission, Finland, Sweden and USAID.

The GCP estimates are meant to address increased demand for economic statistics at county level. The report fills an important gap of official statistics on the economic size of counties, structures of county economies (sectoral contribution) and growth rates. The GCP estimates also show the economic potential of the various counties in different sectors. The report will help address common misconceptions on the size of counties and their contributions to the national GDP. The analytics show that while some counties have a small contribution to the national GDP, they have greater potential for faster rate of growth and potential for catch-up with the dominant contributors.

The enactment of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 led to county-oriented development planning that in turn resulted in increased demand for county-level data. Economic statistics to guide policy and planning at the county level are now needed for measures including Gross Domestic Product (GDP), economic growth, per capita income, sectoral growth and employment. It is in response to some of these needs that KNBS embarked on the compilation of estimates of Gross County Product in 2017.

The KNBS Director General Mr Zachary Mwangi said “It is important for us to be alive to the fact that information that govern policy formulation at the county level should be informed by county specific data, that reflect how the counties are faring in various aspects of socio-economic development. Since the enactment of the constitution, KNBS has endeavored to produce statistics that are disaggregated by county to the extent possible.”

 KNBS intends to be publishing the GCP estimates on an annual basis and has developed a framework for integrating GCP, growth rates and sectoral contribution in the system of national accounts.

The Gross County Product (GCP) report was officially released by Mr. Henry Rotich, Cabinet Secretary, The National Treasury and Planning in the presence of Dr. Julius Muia, Principal Secretary, State Dept. for Planning, The National Treasury and Planning. Also present were senior officials from the Government, World Bank, other development partner’s agencies and the media.

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Launch of the Gross County Product 2019 Report

SPEECH BY THE CABINET SECRETARY, THE NATIONAL TREASURY AND PLANNING, MR. HENRY ROTICH, CBS DURING THE LAUNCH OF THE GROSS COUNTY PRODUCT (GCP) REPORT AT THE KENYATTA INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE (KICC) ON 13TH FEBRUARY 2019

Census : Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What’s a population census?

A census is the process of counting all people in a country. The process of capturing census information is referred to as enumeration. Census is the total process of collecting, compiling, evaluating, analysing, and publishingdemographic, social, and/or economic datapertaining, at a specified time, to all persons in a country or a well-defined part of a country.

How will the Census data be captured?

For the first time, all the data required for the Census will be captured electronically through a tablet computer. The questions are being loaded on to the gadget and the whole enumeration process will therefore be paperless. This guarantees that the data will be captured faster than has been the case during previous censuses. It also ensures that the data will be more secure and that the census results will.

How will the Census data be captured?

For the first time, all the data required for the Census will be captured electronically through a tablet computer. The questions are being loaded on to the gadget and the whole enumeration process will therefore be paperless. This guarantees that the data will be captured faster than has been the case during previous censuses. It also ensures that the data will be more secure and that the census results will.

Is there confidentiality of the census data?

Yes. The Census is strictly confidential. All information collected is strictly.

What will show that a household has been enumerated?

After enumeration, the officials will write a number on the door or any visible place on the structure to indicate that counting has been conducted in the household. PLEASE DO NOT ERASE THE NUMBER.

for use by census officials. The Bureau guarantees the protection of personal details collected in the census. All census officials will swear an “Oath of Secrecy” as embodied in the Statistics Act 2006. The Oath forbids Census officials from divulging the information collected to unauthorized persons. The Bureau has adhered to international guidelines which advocate for the values of professionalism, transparency, accountability and integrity required of statistical systems in maintaining credibility and public confidence.

How is the census data used for planning?

The Census is the primary source of reliable and detailed data on the size, distribution and composition of the population in the country at a specified time. The information collected during census when analysed gives an accurate picture of how many people are living in the country/county, at every administrative level and their living conditions as well as access to basic services. This will inform planners on.

At what time of the day will the census officer call at the household?

Counting of people will start on the night of 24th August 2019 and continue up to the 31st August 2019 when counting is scheduled to end. People will be counted with reference to where they spent the night of 24th August. This is known as the Reference Night.

How long will it take to complete an interview for a household?

It is expected that enumerators will spend about 30 minutes in each house, though this may be shorter or longer depending on the size of the household.

How long will it take to complete an interview for a household?

It is expected that enumerators will spend about 30 minutes in each house, though this may be shorter or longer depending on the size of the household.

What happens if one is not counted on the night of 24th August 2019?

It may not be possible to reach everyone everywhere on the night of 24th August 2019.  The Census teams will proceed with enumeration throughout the week, but all information will refer to the night of 24th August – the census Reference Night. Those not enumerated by 31st August 2019, should report to the local administrative office. However, care must be taken to ensure that you have indeed not been enumerated. It is not uncommon for members who are momentarily away from their households to be enumerated in absentia.

Will Kenyans in the diaspora be counted?

No. Kenyans in the diaspora will not be counted. However, household members will be asked some questions about members of their households who migrated to other countries in the last 15 years.

When will the results be released?

It is expected that preliminary results will be released three months after the end of the exercise. The basic reports of the census are expected to be released e within six months, while the detailed analytical reports will be released within one year.

Will data on ethnic composition be collected?

Yes, information on tribe or ethnicity will be collected due to its statistical and cultural value. Ethnic origin data paint a picture of Kenya’s cultural diversity and provide insight into the changing in-migration patterns and increasing diversity. Governments, community groups, ethnic and cultural organisations, school boards, hospitals, and researchers use ethnicity data to assess the socio-economic characteristics of people of differing backgrounds.

All previous censuses conducted in Kenya have collected data on ethnicity, reflecting a long-standing and continuing widespread demand for information about ethno-cultural . characteristics of the Kenyan population.

What safeguards against data manipulation have been put in place?

Several quality assurance measures are in place to ensure complete and accurate information is collected. Experts and key stakeholders from various institutions will train the field personnel and oversee the actual enumeration. Qualified and well-trained ICT and Content Supervisor will control quality at the field level, while census

committees will oversee the exercise nationally. Additionally, an independent team of experts in census-taking is expected to monitor the exercise nationally.

What are the security arrangements?

The security agencies are fully involved and are part of the national and county census committees. Enumerators will have official identity cards and reflector jackets for ease of identification. Also, they have been recruited from where they live. Therefore, they are known by the locals. Enumerators will also be accompanied by village elders, leaders of residence associations or assistant chiefs who are well known by the heads of households.

Whom do I contact in case my household is not covered?

In case your household will not have been contacted by 31 August, a toll-free number will be provided for you to contact KNBS to send an enumerator to enumerate your household.

If I have visitors on the night of the 24th/25th August, should they be counted as part of my household?

Anyone who will be present in your household on the night of 24th/25th August 2019 will be counted together with your household. Everyone will be counted depending on where they will be on the night of 24th/25th August 2019. Those who will be on duty working such as nurses on that night will be counted with his/her household that he/she will return to the following day after work.

Should you have any further questions or comments about 2019 Census please contact us on Tel: 020 3317583/6/8, Hotline Numbers: 0735004401 or email us at directorgeneral@knbs.or.ke. Visit our website: www.knbs.or.ke.

Consumer Price Indices and Inflation Rates for January 2019

Kenya National Bureau of Statistics hereby releases monthly Consumer Price Indices (CPI) and rates of inflation, for January, 2019. These numbers were generated from a survey of retail prices that targeted a basket of household consumption goods and services. The exercise was conducted during the second and third weeks of the month, with prices being obtained from selected retail outlets in 25 data collection zones in Nairobi and in 13 other urban centers.

The CPI increased by 0.35 per cent from 193.51 in December 2018 to 194.18 in January 2019. The overall year on year inflation in January 2019 stood at 4.70 per cent.Download Consumer Price Indices and Inflation Rates for January 2019

Use of Geographic Information System and Geo-Spatial Technology in Managing and Mapping for the 2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census

The history of census undertaking in Kenya dates back to 1948 when the first population census was carried out. The subsequent censuses were undertaken in 1962, 1969, 1979, 1989, 1999 and 2009. From 1969 to date, the censuses have been conducted after every ten years. The last of these decennial censuses was held in 2009.
The collection of social economic statistics in Kenya and conducting of national censuses is carried out under the Statistics Act, 2006 of the country’s laws. Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) is mandated to be the official custodian of all the statistical information in the country and is therefore the organization charged with the responsibility of carrying out censuses and sample surveys.
The importance of the census cannot be overemphasized, especially in the new devolved governance system that has two levels of governments. As per the Constitution of Kenya, 2010, there are 47 counties whose size and boundaries are based on the former 47 legally recognized districts of Kenya. One of the census preparatory activities is cartographic mapping, which is the delineation of the country into counting units, also known as Enumeration Areas, for use during census enumeration. Specifically, this helps in determining the personnel, materials and logistical requirements (budgeting). In the 2020 round of Population and Housing Censuses, the UN recommends that countries conducting census make use of new technology in getting up to date databases of geographic boundaries. This is achieved by use of mobile devices, remote sensing products such as satellite imageries and aerial photographs and use of Geographical Information System (GIS) in data collection and map production. A census map is prepared for each sub-location and it contains all the Enumeration Areas (EAs) within the sub-location.
Maps have proved to be indispensable products in conducting population censuses since they will ensure completeness of the coverage throughout the country and eliminate the possibility of double coverage of the population. Maps will also:
a) Facilitate in assigning areas of counting to enumerators during the census
b) Enable the enumerators to plan their movement within the EA and identify households earmarked for call-backs especially in the urban areas
c) Enable effective supervision
e) Help in presenting the results of a census.
Having drawn from the experiences of the 2009 census, there is great optimism that the current cartographic mapping for 2019 census will be fully achieved using the GIS and the output products will be of much higher quality. Towards this end, the Kenyan government with the support of the development partners has continued to provide resources to support the project and make it a success.
Status of census cartographic mapping
The Government of Kenya has recognized the fact that census cartographic mapping is a key activity, which if properly implemented ensures the success of census enumeration. Measures have therefore been put in place to enable a successful completion of the exercise. Cartographic mapping started in 2016 and is still on going with thirty- nine (39) counties fully mapped, mapping on-going in four (4) counties and four (4) pending as indicated on the map below.

A pilot census was conducted in August 2018, in selected sub-locations in the following 12 counties; Kwale, Kilifi, Makueni, Nairobi, Nyeri, Tharaka Nithi, Mandera, Kericho, Busia, Kisumu, Kisii and West Pokot. This was used to test the preparedness of the Bureau in undertaking the census and to test the use of the new technology and the applicability of the maps.
We therefore call on Kenyans to cooperate with the teams undertaking the ongoing preparatory activities for the census to enable us to collect the information that will improve your livelihood and make the national and county governments more responsive to your needs. As you are aware, accurate data is necessary for making evidence-based decisions.

THE 2019 KENYA POPULATION AND HOUSING CENSUS

Media Briefing on 2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census

Speech by the Cabinet Secretary, The National Treasury and Planning, Mr. Henry K. Rotich, EGH During the Press Briefing on The 2019 Population and Housing Census, Held at Radisson Blu Hotel On 23rd January, 2019

Talking Notes for The Principal Secretary, State Department of Planning, Dr. Julius Muia, During the Media Briefing on the Progress of Implementation of The 2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census

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