Knowledge Note

Mobile phones, and especially smartphones, are opening new ways to assess and improve assistance and the delivery of basic services in the developing world. Each year, developing countries see an annual gain of about 500 million new smartphones, virtually all of which generate not only call data records but also, with their GPS and Wi-Fi capabilities, a rich set of more precise data on location and movement. The rapid diffusion of the phones and the locational data they generate are helping fuel the science of delivery, the evidence-based, experimental approach to project assessment and improvement. The technology is finding an expanding variety of uses.

About the Presenters

Ryan Haddad

Timothy Kelly

Teemu Leinonen

Vesa Saarinen