Where you will spend the night on 24th August 2019 will affect this country for the next 10 years, because that will be the reference night for the 2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census. You will expect someone to knock at your door between the evenings of 24th to 31st August and ask, “What are the names of each person who spent the night of 24th/25th August, 2019 in this household?” You will then proceed to give some information about them, or they can answer on their own.
The census will be heavily dependent on technology, with enumerators using android devices to capture and transmit all the data that will be collected. This is expected to increase the accuracy of data collected, due to inclusion of GPS based location information, and also make it faster to transfer the data to the central servers. Except to see the enumerators armed with a tablet.
What information should you be expected to give during the census? For the information regarding ICT, the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics has the following questions for you:
- Have you owned a mobile phone in the last three months?
- Have you used a mobile phone in the last three months
- Have you used the internet from any location in the last three months?
- Have you used a computer/laptop/tablet in the last three months?
- Have you bought or ordered goods online in the last three months?
- Have you registered for the Huduma Namba?
Besides ICT, the other information required for each person in every household include:
- Relationship to the head of the household
- Date of Birth
- Mother’s detail (if present)
- Marital status
- Birth place
- Previous residence (where you were living in August 2018)
- How long you have lived where you are
- Reason for moving to the current location (if you have moved)
- Status of parents
- For females aged 12 and above, details of children they have borne.
- Information on difficulties in doing activities of daily life (like disability)
- Education attainment
- Labour force participation
- Information on annual livebirths and deaths in the household
- Involvement in agriculture
- Housing condition and amenities (e.g. waste disposal, source of drinking water, number of rooms in the house)
- Ownership of household assets like radio, TV, fridge… etc.