Between February and March 2016, the World Bank, in collaboration with Somali statistical authorities conducted the first wave of the Somali High Frequency Survey to monitor welfare and perceptions of citizens in all accessible areas of 9 regions within Somalia’s pre-war borders including Somaliland which self-declared independence in 1991. The survey interviewed 2,882 urban households, 822 rural and 413 households in Internally Displaced People (IDP) settlements. The sample was drawn randomly based on a multi-level clustered design. This dataset contains information on economic conditions, education, employment, access to services, security and perceptions. It also includes comprehensive information on assets and consumption, to allow estimation of poverty based on the Rapid Consumption methodology as detailed in Pape and Mistiaen (2014).
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
v03 - This version includes revised datasets Input_hh and Output_hh.
Administrative information, Interview information and filters, Household roste, Household characteristics, Food consumption, Non-food consumption, Livestock, Durable goods, Food security, Income and remittances
The following pre-war regions: Awdal, Banadir, Bari, Mudug, Nugaal, Sanaag, Sool, Togdheer and Woqooyi Galbeed (Somaliland self-declared independence in 1991).
Producers and sponsors
Utz J. Pape
The sample employs a stratified two-staged clustered design with the Primary Sampling Unit (PSU) being the enumeration area. Within each enumeration area, 12 households were selected for interviews.
Two different listing approaches were used. In 2 strata with more volatile security as well as for IDP camps, a multi-stage cluster design was employed (micro-listing). Each selected enumeration area was divided into multiple segments and each segment was further divided into blocks. Within each enumeration area, one segment was randomly selected and within the segment 12 blocks were chosen. In each block, all structures were listed before selecting randomly one structure. Within the selected structure, all households were listed and one household randomly selected for interview. In strata less volatile (14 strata), the complete enumeration area was listed before 12 households were randomly selected for interviews (full-listing).
Deviations from the Sample Design
EAs were replaced if security rendered field work unfeasible. Replacements were approved by the project manager. Replacement of households were approved by the supervisor after a total of three unsuccessful visits of the household.
The sampling weight is the inverse probability of selection.
For strata with full-listing, the selection probability for a household can be decomposed into the selection probability of the EA and the selection probability of the household within the EA. For strata with a micro-listing, the selection probability for a household can be decomposed into the selection probability of the EA, the selection probability of the block and selection probability of the household within the block
Sampling weights were then scaled to equal the number of households per analytical strata using the data from the Population Estimation Survey of Somalia (PESS) 2014. More information can be found in the Technical Appendix.
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1. To make no copies of any files or portions of files to which s/he is granted access except those authorized by the data depositor.
2. Not to use any technique in an attempt to learn the identity of any person, establishment, or sampling unit not identified on public use data files.
3. To hold in strictest confidence the identification of any establishment or individual that may be inadvertently revealed in any documents or discussion, or analysis. Such inadvertent identification revealed in her/his analysis will be immediately brought to the attention of the data depositor.
The dataset has been anonymized and is available as a Public Use Dataset. It is accessible to all for statistical and research purposes only, under the following terms and conditions:
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Use of the dataset must be acknowledged using a citation which would include:
- the Identification of the Primary Investigator
- the title of the survey (including country, acronym and year of implementation)
- the survey reference number
- the source and date of download
Utz J. Pape, World Bank. Somali High Frequency Survey, Wave 1 (SHFS-W1) 2016, Ref. WBG_SOM_2016_SHFS-W1_v03_M. Dataset downloaded from [url] on [date].
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DDI Document ID
Development Data Group
The World Bank
Documentation of the DDI
Date of Metadata Production
DDI Document version
Version 03 (March 2019)
This version includes revised datasets Input_hh and Output_hh.The rest of the survey metadata remains the same