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Construction statistics review for Kenya

K'Akumu, Owiti A. (2007) Construction statistics review for Kenya. Construction Management and Economics, 25 (3). pp. 315-326. ISSN 0144-6193


Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01446190601139883


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.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Online ISSN 1466-433X
Uncontrolled Keywords:Construction industry, national statistics, Kenya.
Research Community:University of Westminster > Architecture and the Built Environment, School of
ID Code:4053
Deposited On:29 May 2007
Last Modified:11 Aug 2010 15:32

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