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.
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: […]
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 […]
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 […]