Evidence for Development open-source programmer


Evidence for Development (EfD) is producing specialised open-source analytical software to increase the accessibility and effectiveness of our innovative research methods. We aim to make as widely and openly available as possible important new tools for understanding how poor people survive and for shaping policies and programmes that better meet their needs.

This page collates our studies, reports and blogs relating to technology and software development. Click here for further details of our technology work, or contact us to find out more about how you might be able to get involved with these exciting projects.


Our latest technology studies and blogs

  • Maize growing in Malawi

    23rd November 2017

    by Dai Clegg

    How new technologies can make a difference to rural smallholder farmers.

    Some of you may have seen this piece on the BBC about “How missing weather data is a ‘life and death’ issue”. It’s about tech start-up Kukua, and the weather stations they have installed in Tanzania to help provide local commercial farmers with better forecasts. Kukua is a business with a rather unusual business model: […]

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  • Household economy approach (HEA) software - mapping function

    30th July 2015

    by John Seaman

    New HEA software developed by Evidence for Development

    The household economy approach (HEA) is a method for assessing the vulnerability of rural populations to economic shocks and changes, based on their livelihood patterns and market information. It is now widely used as a method of famine early warning by many governments and humanitarian agencies, and also has important applications for managing the impacts […]

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  • IHM household data entry in Burkina Faso

    11th November 2014

    by Bridget Golob

    Mobile data, measurement & evidence… what’s new?

    As mobile data collection in remote regions and developing countries becomes more viable for development organisations, the robustness of the methodologies used must be considered in relation to the goal of evidence-based development. Expanded possibilities According to the UN International Telecommunication Union, “by the end of 2014, 55% of all mobile-broadband subscriptions are expected to […]

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