Ghana Statistical Services (GSS), Vodafone Ghana and the Flowminder Foundation have embarked on a unique partnership to produce official statistics using de-identified telecommunications data, to strengthen humanitarian and development decision-making in the country.
This collaboration, which is first of its kind in Ghana, and one of the first in Africa, is aimed at taking advantage of technology to transform the production of official statistics. Flowminder, as part of this partnership, is also empowering the GSS with new approaches to analysing and harnessing data as well as responding to emerging opportunities and challenges.
This project relies on the use of de-identified (anonymised) and aggregated telecommunications data, provided by Vodafone Ghana, to generate population predictions for sustainable development. The data, in combination with more traditional data sources such as household surveys, provide useful information on the mobility and characteristics of the Ghanaian population, which can be used for a wide range of humanitarian and development applications such as public health, disaster preparedness, or transportation planning.
GSS and its partners recognise that the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) relies on the capability of the government, policy makers and agencies to make informed decisions and successfully deliver interventions for the wellbeing of the population.
Omar Seidu, Head of Demographic Statistics and SDGs Coordinator at GSS says:
Patricia Obo-Nai, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Vodafone Ghana comments:
Tracey Li, Project Manager and Data Scientist at Flowminder adds:
Working closely with GSS and Vodafone Ghana, Flowminder will process and analyse anonymous telecommunications data, working in line with Vodafone's global privacy principles, GSMA data protection guidelines and the Ghanaian data protection regulations. The project was showcased today at an event opened by the Minister of Planning, Prof. George Gyan Baffour. It is funded by the Vodafone Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and has the potential to save lives by providing accurate and relevant insights to the government of Ghana.