International development actors and local governments must often work around data gaps when tackling important social challenges. At the same time, extensive data sources exist publicly and behind the firewalls of private companies, such as mobile phone operators, car manufacturers, retailers, banks, digital platforms, and satellite operators. At Dalberg Data Insights, we identify the data solutions to international development challenges. We access, analyze, and integrate data from different sources to design tools and specialized analytics. We further leverage and operationalize disruptive technologies such as AI or Blockchain approaches. Using our products and solutions, local and global communities can better target, implement, and evaluate their programs and initiatives.
Private and public data holders already generate a large volume of data through their day to day business. This data can be leveraged to create social and economic value. However, data holders often do not have the internal processes in place to technically and legally share insights from their data with third parties. We bridge this gap between data holders and third parties by providing them with a mutually beneficial infrastructure and process to share insights sustainably and efficiently.
Our tools analyze human mobility through mobile phone calling patterns in conjunction with disease incidence reports and other epidemiological factors to accurately predict the spread of infectious diseases. Managing epidemics demands accurate and actionable information, but experience indicates the lack of timely and reliable information. By mapping infection risk flows, prioritizing effective intervention areas, and epidemic hotspot risk outreach, we enable public health officials to more effectively plan disease prevention and intervention with data-driven decisions.
We use the economic, mobility, and social features of mobile phone data to build models that estimate multi-dimensional poverty indices or food security indices with a high degree of accuracy, at low cost and in real-time. We can further identify croplands, analyze crop conditions, estimate yields, etc. by surveying the evolution of greenery indicators in satellite imagery. By combining telecom data and satellite imagery, our tools can identify potential early warning signs of food insecurity and inform on efficient resource allocation.
GENDER DATA GAP
We use machine learning to analyze customer behavior and identify the gender of subscribers for telecom operators. By assessing phone usage, mobility patterns, and social network indicators, we can predict with over 85% accuracy the gender of a mobile phone user. Having accurate gender labels provides telecom operators with the information they need to address bottlenecks in mobile phone penetration among women and design products targeted at women’s specific use patterns and needs.
MOBILITY AND URBAN PLANNING
Our tools help municipality officials prioritize infrastructure investments and better plan public transport networks. Our analysis ranges from measuring the impact of weekly markets, road works or natural disasters on traffic, to identifying the most congested areas in need of additional infrastructure. By providing comprehensive and up-to-date mobility information to policy makers and city planners, these officials can better promote inclusive, equitable, and sustainable development in their local contexts.
What are hidden data treasuries and how can they help development outcomes?
Our team built an exhaustive crop type and yield estimation map in Burkina Faso, using artificial intelligence and satellite images from the European Space Agency. But building the map would not have been possible without a data set that GIZ, the German government’s international development agency, had collected for one purpose on the ground some years before – and never looked at again. At Dalberg, we call this a “hidden data treasury” and it has huge potential to be used for good.READ MORE »
AIDA, the action insights data as a service platform, launches in 3 continents
In partnership with the United Nations Capital Development Fund and the Belgian Government, Dalberg Data Insights launches AIDA, the Action Insights Data Platform, in Uganda to accelerate the use of private and public data sources and to create an entire data ecosystem, while complying to regulations and ensuring privacy.READ MORE »
Dalberg Data Insights Identifies Areas At-Risk for Food Insecurity using Mobile Phone Data
Dalberg Data Insights co-developed a tool with Hunger Fighters, a Uganda-based NGO with a vision of a hunger and malnutrition free Uganda that aims to create empowered, food secure communities.READ MORE »
Dalberg Data Insights’ Mobile Money Dashboards Promote Financial Inclusion in Uganda
Increasing mobile money penetration requires timely insights into the status and trends in mobile money usage patterns. As part of a project supported by the Belgian Government, Dalberg Data Insights has developed an application that leverages mobile phone data to monitor real-time usage and penetration of mobile money services in Uganda.READ MORE »