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Flowminder

Key facts

Flowminder is a non-profit foundation and partner project of WorldPop, which has a proven track-record of using anonymized mobile phone network data, household surveys, and remote sensing data to improve planning and operational decision making in a range of areas including disaster response and climate impacts, disease outbreak prevention, and poverty reduction. The Co-Directors of the group are Professor Andy Tatem and Dr Linus Bengtsson.

Working in partnership

Flowminder's work is done in close collaboration with telecom operators, NGOs, and government agencies, building local capacity while ensuring scientific rigor.

Examples

  • The WorldPop-Flowminder group gives mapping and modelling support to 20 national malaria control programs in southeast Asia, southern Africa and central America
  • Provides the tools for site selection within the Gates Foundation's new Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance Network (CHAMPS)
  • Supplies the global demographic mapping database to guide World Bank policy.

Further examples

  • Develops new tools for governments to undertake rapid national mapping of socioeconomic indicators through mobile phone analytics across multiple low income nations
  • Provides spatial evidence bases to guide maternal and newborn health policy design in East Africa
  • Supplies the spatial denominator data guiding polio vaccination efforts in Nigeria
  • Provides on-going analyses of mobile data from Nepal to assess population displacements, feeding into the UN’s bi-weekly assessment reports
We pioneered the use of de-identified data from mobile operators to follow population displacement
We pioneered the use of de-identified data from mobile operators to follow population displacement
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