What is the Single Registry?

The Single Registry is a software platform designed to manage and provide integrated oversight of the principal social assistance cash transfer programmes in Kenya. The Single Registry has evolved as part of the broader social protection policy framework, with two stated objectives:

  • (i) to provide increased harmonisation and consolidation of fragmented schemes
  • (ii) to enhance the responsiveness of social protection initiatives to increase its capacity to quickly scale-up in response to rapid-onset crises.

Significance of the Single Registry

The introduction of the Single Registry has increased the transparency, accountability and the functioning of the social assistance programmes in Kenya. Previously, managers were unable to answer the simple of question of who was receiving what within each social protection programme. The registry has now linked data from the disparate programmes into one coherent viewing platform, providing a means of managing and cross-referencing the information.

Who can use the Single Registry?

Anyone can use the Single Registry as a tool for searching data on Kenya’s social protection programmes and beyond. The data will be most used by local and national government, policymakers, safety net programme designers and managers.

How does it work?

The Single Registry consolidates data from programme management information systems (MIS) of Kenya’s largest social cash transfer programmes – the CT-OVC, the HSNP, the OPCT, the PwSD-CT and the World Food Programme’s Jenga Jamii (cash transfer programmes ), into a unified beneficiary MIS that aggregates and analyses this information to support planning, coordination, accountability and both programme and policy-level decision-making.

What data does it hold?

The Registry’s MIS contains data on 465,000 beneficiaries from the WFP’s Jenga Jamii and 839,000 households from the National Safety Net Programme. It is also linked to the Kenyan National Population Register at the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government, and uses that database – of more than 30 million citizens – to verify the identities of the recipients of the cash transfers. To date, over one million beneficiary details have been run against the National Population Register.

Using the Single Registry

The Single Registry also provides an accessible reporting system and easy-to-use dashboards that generate reports on many aspects of the programmes’ performances. It can show if beneficiary needs are being met, and how targeting of beneficiaries and cash transfers might be better harmonized and aligned and overlap reduced. This information is critical for effective management of the cash transfer programmes and for continued development of social assistance policy.


  • MIS - Management Information System
  • CT-OVC - Cash Transfer for Orphans and Vulnerable Children
  • HSNP - Hunger Sefety Net Programme
  • OPCT - Older Persons Cash Transfer
  • PwSD-CT - Persons With Severe Disability Cash Transfer
  • WFP-CT - World Food Programme Cash Transfer