Geospatial Services

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Sourcing public and private datasets

Financial market data

  • We focus on accessing data on financial access, MSME, and financial institutions in countries across Africa.

Demographic data

  • Census data is foundational in being able to conduct nationally representative household surveys and being able to map information at a local level.

  • It is also indispensable when looking at markets and planning the location of social (e.g. schools) and economic facilities (retail outlets).

  • AfricaScope has assisted in capturing the census data for Tanzania and has developed a method of rapidly capturing census data into GIS.

  • Using the census data as a foundation, updated demographic estimates are generated for countries at the lowest spatial level possible.

Income and economic data

  • AfricaScope sources nationally representative household surveys and land cover data that it uses to develop income and Gross Geographic Product (GGP) data.

  • AfricaScope has developed such datasets for South Africa, Ethiopia, Zambia, Kenya, Mozambique and Cote d' Ivoire.

Household survey data

  • AfricaScope accesses data sets from international, national and regional organizations that provide a socio-economic and psychographic view of African countries. 

Partner networks

  • AfricaScope has established networks of partners across Africa that provide critical information for the financial, surveys and GIS sectors.

Mapping Survey Results

Point Thematic Maps 

  • A qualitative method for rapidly viewing survey results and discerning any distinctive patterns. 

  • The points represent a randomly selected household.

  • The centre of the point circle is where the interviews were conducted.

  • The colours of the points represent responses to questions in the survey

  • The adjacent map shows that slightly more people (red points) in Mandera, Kenya were NOT banked compared to those who were (green points)

Small Area Estimation

  • Small area estimation uses statistical and machine learning methods to model and map surveys results at small geographic levels.

  • It is a quantitative method that allows survey results to be accurately mapped. 

  • The statistical precision of the model for mapped survey variables is provided. 

  • AfricaScope uses these methods to model nationally representative surveys and map LSMs, income, etc.

  • Any nationally representative survey that has used an area based sample design can be mapped.

  • AfricaScope has used these methods to map consumer surveys in South Africa and other African countries.