Overview of census 2009

A population census is the total process of collecting, compiling, evaluating, analyzing and publishing or otherwise disseminating demographic, economic, and social data pertaining, at a specified time, to all persons in a country or in a well delimited part of a country.


International standards observed: 2009 Census  guided by UN Principles & Recommendations for 2010 Round of Population and Housing Censuses
Legal Framework provided through a gazette notice in August, 2008
Cartographic mapping for the whole country created nearly 100,000 Enumeration areas
Pilot Census conducted successfully in August 2008


Budget: Ksh. 8.4 billion; Government funded 95%
More than half (Ksh.5.0 billion) paid to census personnel
Field personnel

  • Senior Supervisors: 5,788
  • Supervisors: 22,323
  • Enumerators: 111,696
  • Village elders: 100,000
    Questionnaires: 12 million


  • Competing national interests such as famine, drought, resettlement of IDPs
  • Insecurity concerns
  • Post-election violence disrupted mapping activities;
  • Complex logistics for enumeration of Pastoralists communities required more resources
  • Creation of new districts raised the census budget
  • Cash-flow problems
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