The next population and housing census in Kenya is due in August 2019. As part of preparation for the activity, a pilot census has been organized for a period of 7 days starting from the night of 24th/25th to 31st August 2018 to achieve the following;

  • Pre-test the Census Questionnaire and training manuals
  • Pre-test the devices and data collection system
  • Check on the accuracy of census maps
  • Test the preparedness of Census administration and logistics
  • Establish the appropriate human resource requirements for undertaking the main census
  • Test the adequacy of the enumeration period.

The 2018 Population and Housing Pilot Census is being undertaken in selected Sub locations in the following 12 counties; Kwale , Kilifi, Makueni, Nairobi, Nyeri, Tharaka Nithi, Mandera, Kericho, Busia, Kisumu, Kisii and West Pokot. All persons who spent the night of 24th/25th August 2018 in the selected areas will be counted. Census questions involve Demographics, Fertility, Mortality, Migration, Disability, Education, Labour Force, ICT, Agriculture, Ownership of household asssets and Housing conditions and amenities.

NCPD as a major stakeholder and consumer of census data has been at the forefront in publicity and advocacy for the pilot census which started on 10th August 2018. Its officer Wambui Kungu has been sensitizing National Government Administration Officers (NGAOs) in the selected sub locations in Buret Sub County, Kericho County and Pokot North Sub County in West Pokot County.

The pictures capture the publicity meetings.

Kericho County Commissioner (left) and Wambui (right) address a meeting in Buret Sub County. Present are area Deputy County Commissioner, Assistant County Commissioners, KNBS officers, and all administration personnel from the selected villages.