Survey on Socio Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Households

Welcome to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics' Covid-19 Tracker survey. Our aim is to provide a platform for the timely publication of detailed data from the Survey on Socio-Economic Impact of Covid-19 on Households Survey to complement the Key Indicators Report which can be found here. On this site you will find visualisation tools and dashboards that will allow you to interact with the data and explore it at sub national level and by key respondent characteristics.

The novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID) which was declared a pandemic by World Health Organization (WHO) this year has ravaged many countries in the world. A number of measures aimed at curbing the spread of the virus have been introduced across the world. In Kenya, the measures introduced by the Government include banning of all passenger flights, temporary closure of restaurants and bars, dusk to dawn curfew, cessation of movement in and out of some high-risk areas among others. Globally, the confirmed cases of corona virus infections stood at 4,170,424 with 287,399 deaths (WHO) as at 13th May 2020. In Kenya, the confirmed cases were 737 with 40 deaths and 281 recoveries (Ministry of Health) as of that date.

The uncertainty caused by the disease in various sectors of the economy has led to introduction of measures, by business owners, geared towards ensuring their businesses remain afloat. The enterprises have had to delay investments, purchases of goods and the hiring of workers, while others have resorted to salary cuts for their employees, temporary layoffs and some have resorted to total closure. This continues to have knock-on effects on incomes, particularly for informal and casual workers.

In order to respond to the crisis and to cushion Kenyans from the adverse effects of the COVID-19, the Government of Kenya established a National Coordination Committee on the Response to the Corona Virus Pandemic (NCCRCP). Among the working groups of the NCCRCP is the National Economic and Business Response Working Group whose tasks include conducting a Household Economic Impact Assessment aimed at providing data that would facilitate formulation of appropriate strategies to respond to socio-economic effects of the disease. The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics was tasked to undertake surveys to provide the required information. During the implementation of this survey, the Bureau received support from the Government through The National Treasury and Planning and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-women).