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FLOW: The World Bank and Water Point Mapping in Liberia

Posted by AnneryanHeatwole on Sep 12, 2011
FLOW: The World Bank and Water Point Mapping in Liberia data sheet 2357 Views

(This piece was originally written by The World Bank; it is republished here with permission)

Basic Information
Organization involved in the project?: 
Project goals: 

The goal of the project was to create a baseline map of water points in Liberia, using data collected from the Android mobile application FLOW.

Brief description of the project: 

The Water and Sanitation Program (WSP), working with UNICEF and USAID, assisted the government in mapping improved water points in rural Liberia, as well as sanitation in nearby schools, using FLOW. The purpose was to gather information for investment planning, in connection with the preparation of a poverty reduction strategy.

A total of 150 local enumerators were trained in using FLOW-equipped Android phones, provided with motorbikes, and sent out across rural Liberia. Approximately 7,500 improved water points were mapped.

Target audience: 

The target audience is the government of Liberia, as the collected data on water points will be used to assess the areas and regions that need water service improvements most immediately.

Detailed Information
Length of Project (in months) : 
What worked well? : 

The project mapped roughly 7,500 water points in a one-month time period, with a group of 150 contributors participating in the project.

Using mobile phones allowed the data to be automatically mapped using GPS, saving time and eliminating potential transcription errors.

What did not work? What were the challenges?: 

Some challenges included:

  • limited electricity, which made chargine the mobile phones difficult
  • limited network connectivity, which meant that the data collectors had to sometimes come into the office to transfer the data rather than sending it from the field

Community-Level Economic Effects of M-PESA in Kenya: Initial Findings

Posted by MohiniBhavsar on Sep 02, 2010
Community-Level Economic Effects of M-PESA in Kenya: Initial Findings data sheet 2588 Views
Megan G. Plyler, Sherri Haas, and Geetha Nagarajan
Publication Date: 
Jun 2010
Publication Type: 
Report/White paper

M-PESA an agent-assisted, mobile phone-based, person-to-person payment and money transfer system, was launched in Kenya on March 6, 2007. This study is the first of its kind to explore the economic effects of M-PESA in Kenya at the community level.

The findings from the first stage of the study indicate that M-PESA affects the economic outcomes of community members, both users and non-users of M-PESA, through direct and externality effects, and identify 11 economic effects within the broad categories of local economic expansion, security, capital accumulation and business environment after 2.5 years of M-PESA’s use in these communities. The research also shows that effects were not visible in all the study communities and among all the population segments within the communities; they tended to be influenced by gender and geographic location of the communities.

Also, the effects were not always perceived as mutually exclusive, but as interwoven with each other to produce overall community effects.