Kenya has been honoured with a United Nations grand award after becoming the first African country to implement a population and housing census.
The award was given to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics and public relations firm Apex Communications to celebrate the role of the census in tackling one of the UN's priority issues, Kenya's Daily Nation reported.
According to the newspaper, Kenya's PR campaign, entitled "Count Me In", had positioned the census as an important national exercise, undertaken within international guidelines.
The census saw 98 per cent of the country's 12 million households take part in the survey, which was reported as the highest rate since independence in 1963.
Kenya's was the only African campaign to receive a 2010 UN grand award this year after over 350 entries from 42 countries worldwide were submitted.
Government initiatives such as the census could serve to encourage property investment in Kenya. Earlier this week, data compiled by real estate agency HassConsult revealed that the average price of a stand-alone house in Kenya increased by 9.7 per cent to 29.01 million shillings (£222,000) in 2010.