Today, we were honoured to be able to present work being done on Neodemographics project to the Administrative Council of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. In particular we demonstrated the huge potential to aid policy making and urban planning that analysis of digital footprint data can provide. Many thanks to Andre Bald of the World Bank for providing this opportunity.
Many parts of East Africa are infrastructurally poor – and lack fundamental national statistics (due to the prohibitive cost of mass censuses and surveys). However, countries such as Tanzania are surprisingly data rich (80% of mobile phone usage occurs in developing countires). This opens up huge potential to bridge the “informational gap” by applying data scientists to datsets held by industry, in a privacy preserving fashion. Please see our urban prediction project for more details.