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

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