Socio-economic impact of COVID-19 on refugees - Panel Study
Demographic and Health Survey [hh/dhs]
This dataset contains information from the first three waves of the COVID-19 RRPS Household Survey which is part of a five-wave bi-monthly panel survey that targets Kenyan nationals. The same households are interviewed every two months, between May 2020 and May 2021.
The participants of this phone interview were identified using mixed methods. Stratified random sampling were adopted for Persons of Concern (POC) to UNHCR based in Kakuma, Kalobeyei, Dadaab and Urban areas. While a census were used for all PoCs who were 18+ years amongst the Shona community; this cohort forms 48.6% of the enumerated population of the Shona people. The survey was conducted at two levels; household and individual.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
Individual and Household
v2.1: Edited, anonymous dataset for public distribution. Third wave.
Households: Demographics, Employment, Food security, Income loss, Transfers, Subjective welfare, Health and COVID Knowledge
Livelihood & Social cohesion
All persons of concern for UNHCR
Producers and sponsors
Kenya National Bureau of Statistics
University of California
Individuals (18 years and above) with active phone numbers were randomly selected from UNHCR database for each of the four camp sites - Kakuma, Kalobeyei, Dadaab and Urban. For Shona, we took the sample from the Socioeconomic Assessment survey. Due to the smaller sample size of the Shona population (782), we use everybody in the sample. Those selected individuals from each site were sent an SMS, stating that they have been randomly selected to participate in a socio-economic impact of COVID-19 survey.
Already computed; see the database
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Data Collection Notes
PRE-LOADED INFORMATION: Basic household information was pre-loaded in the CATI assignments for each enumerator. The information, for example the household's location, household head name, phone numbers et cetera, was used to help enumerators call and identify the target households. The list of individuals from the KIHBS CAPI pilot and their basic characteristics were uploaded which helped maintain the panel of individuals and ensured the status of each individual in the wave 2 survey
RESPONDENTS: The COVID-19 RRPS had ONE RESPONDENT per household, The target respondent was defined as the primary male or female from 2015/16 KIHBS CAPI Pilot. They were randomly chosen where both existed to maintain gender balance. If the target respondent was not available for a call, the field team spoke to any adult currently living in the household of the target respondent. If the target respondent was deceased, the field team spoke to any adults that lived with the target respondent in 2015/16. Finally, if the household from 2015/16 split up, we targeted anyone in the household of the target respondent but did not survey a household member that no longer lives with the target respondent. For the sample based on Random Digit Dialing, the target respondent was the owner the phone number that was randomly selected.
The questionnaire included 12 sections
Section 1: Introduction
Section 2: Household background
Section 3: Travel patterns and interactions
Section 4: Employment
Section 5: Food security
Section 6: Income Loss
Section 7: Transfers
Section 8: Subjective welfare (50% of sample)
Section 9: Health
Section 10: COVID Knowledge
Section 11: Household and Social Relations (50% of sample)
Section 12: Conclusion
UNHCR (2021). Socio-economic impact of COVID-19 on refugees in Kenya - Panel - Anonymized for Licensed Use. Dataset downloaded from https://microdata.unhcr.org on [date].
DDI Document ID
Date of Metadata Production
DDI Document version
1.0, November 2020
2.0, December 2020
3.0, February 2021