Kenya Census 2019 To Employ Paperless Technology

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In a press briefing held at Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC), the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) Director General Zachary Mwangi shared the progress of preparations for the 2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census. KNBS is expected to carry out a nationwide housing and population census fromĀ August 24-31.

The Kenya Census 2019 will be the first to make use of technology, through a paperless process, and will use mobile technology for Cartographic Mapping as well as Enumeration which help in elimination of manual data entry, real-time data sent to the server from the time enumeration starts, and shortening the time taken to release Census results.

KNBS Director-General said that Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and Moi University will supply the agency with 164,700 tablets to conduct the exercise.

“Production of the mobile devices to be used during the #KenyaCensus2019 is ongoing at JKUAT & Moi universities. We are looking at 164,700 devices and each gadget goes at around Sh15, 000. This has led to job creation for Kenyans in assembling & programming the gadgets. The devices will be distributed to the counties as from 12th July 2019,” said the KNBS boss.

This year’s census will be carried out in three phases namely: Pre-Enumeration, Enumeration and Post-Enumeration. Government has hired 2,700 ICT Supervisors, 27,000 Content Supervisors and 135,000 Enumerators, amounting to 164,700 total number of personnel.

Training of Trainers, ICT Supervisors and Enumerators is scheduled to begin on 15th July 2019 and will be completed by 21st August 2019. The recruitment process is being handled by County Census Committees (CCCs) and will be completed by 14th July 2019.

The exercise has been designed to cover a wide data set including demographics, disability, education, labour force, ICT, Agriculture, housing conditions and amenities as well as household assets which will be crucial for planning, policy formulation and decision making.

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