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:

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


As part of ensuring systematic coordination of social protection in Kenya, the National Social Protection Secretariat (NSPS) has developed the complementary module. The purpose of this module is to analyse the characteristics of the National Safety Net Programme (NSNP) beneficiaries who may be eligible to social protection complementary services provided by state and non-state partners in Kenya. The complementary module therefore complements the on-going efforts by the Government of Kenya to map complementary services relevant to beneficiaries in the Single Registry and builds the foundation for wider use of Single Registry data as a common policy platform for poverty and vulnerability analysis. To register as a complementarity service partner, click here. To view analysed Single Registry data, click here. To access Personal Data, hosted at the Single Registry click here. To read our Data Sharing and Protection Protocols, click here.

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