Construction statistics review for Kenya

K'Akumu, O.A. 2007. Construction statistics review for Kenya. Construction Management and Economics. 25 (3), pp. 315-326.

TitleConstruction statistics review for Kenya
AuthorsK'Akumu, O.A.
Abstract

Construction is a strategic industry in the developing economies like Kenya. In order for construction to ably perform this role, there is need to provide information on its various economic aspects including raw materials, products, processes, finance, and labour. Construction statistics of Kenya have been evaluated in order to ascertain their adequacy in terms of scope, portrait, reliability and responsiveness in their coverage of the construction industry. Official statistics published in the annual Statistical Abstract were reviewed according to these adequacy criteria. The findings are that: the scope of construction statistics is narrowly defined making the statistical portrait of the sector to be incomplete; the statistics are also unreliable in terms of quality and unresponsive to economical challenges of inflation, structural adjustment policies and the decline of public sector's role in the construction industry. A participatory statistical governance framework is recommended in order to improve the scope of statistics and alleviate the attendant problems like incomplete portrait that come with the narrow scope.

KeywordsConstruction industry, national statistics, Kenya.
JournalConstruction Management and Economics
Journal citation25 (3), pp. 315-326
ISSN0144-6193
YearMar 2007
FileK'Akumu_2007_final.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/01446190601139883
Publication dates
PublishedMar 2007

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