Key national statistics such as demographic and economic indicators (GDP, unemployment, population, etc). To satisfy this category, the following minimum criteria must be met:

  • GDP for the whole country updated at least quarterly
  • Unemployment statistics updated at least monthly
  • Population updated at least once a year

Data Location


The Kenya National Bureau of statistics which is the central government agency that collects data has statistics on census, economic activities, demographics. It has many channels through which the some of the data is distributed, with links for these pages on their website, one of which is the Kenya Open Data Initiative (KODI). However there seems to be no standard for distributing data. Some are available and open e.g. KODI but some are available on the KNBS website itself but not open. Some of these are not charged while others are. KNBS applies a statistics act and a form has to be submitted for data requests. On the plus side some include metadata, background information, data description. On the Kenya Open Data portal, the datasets are mostly from KNBS but not up to date. [According to Ahmed - No changes from 2013]

Reviewer comments

The 'Unsure' markings in 'available online', 'machine readable', 'available in bulk' and 'provided timely' indicate large variety in the way the data are published, making neither 'Yes' and 'No' consistently correct for each of these questions.

Data Availability

  • N Openly licensed
  • N Is the data available for free
  • ? Is the data machine readable
  • ? Available in bulk
  • ? Is the data provided on a timely and up to date basis
  • Y Is data in digital form
  • N Publicly available
  • Y Does the data exist
  • ? Is the data available online
  • Yes
  • No
  • Unsure
  • No data


Date the data became available   Unknown
Format of data   Unknown
Reviewer   Christian Villum
Submitters   Mor Rubinstein
Last modified   Mon Nov 17 2014 23:14:47 GMT+0000 (UTC)