Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxi
  2. Johannes Hoogeveen, Utz Pape
    Pages 1-12 Open Access
  3. Innovations in Data Collection

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Alvin Etang, Kristen Himelein
      Pages 15-31 Open Access
    3. Utz Pape
      Pages 33-50 Open Access
    4. Alvin Etang, Johannes Hoogeveen
      Pages 51-62 Open Access
    5. Andre-Marie Taptué, Johannes Hoogeveen
      Pages 63-82 Open Access
    6. Mohamed Coulibaly, Johannes Hoogeveen, Roy Katayama, Gervais Chamberlin Yama
      Pages 83-99 Open Access
  4. Methodological Innovations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Stephanie Eckman, Kristen Himelein
      Pages 103-128 Open Access
    3. Ana Aguilera, Nandini Krishnan, Juan Muñoz, Flavio Russo Riva, Dhiraj Sharma, Tara Vishwanath
      Pages 129-151 Open Access
    4. Utz Pape, Johan Mistiaen
      Pages 153-171 Open Access
    5. Mohammad Isaqzadeh, Saad Gulzar, Jacob Shapiro
      Pages 173-192 Open Access
    6. Lennart Kaplan, Utz Pape, James Walsh
      Pages 193-206 Open Access
  5. Other Innovations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. Utz Pape
      Pages 209-213 Open Access
    3. Johannes Hoogeveen, Andre-Marie Taptué
      Pages 215-234 Open Access
    4. Johannes Hoogeveen, Utz Pape
      Pages 235-239 Open Access
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 241-243

About this book


‘This open access book addresses an urgent issue on which little organized information exists. It reflects experience in Africa but is highly relevant to other fragile states as well.’
—Constantine Michalopoulos, John Hopkins University, USA and former Director of Economic Policy and Co-ordination at the World Bank

Fragile countries face a triple data challenge. Up-to-date information is needed to deal with rapidly changing circumstances and to design adequate responses. Yet, fragile countries are among the most data deprived, while collecting new information in such circumstances is very challenging. This open access book presents innovations in data collection developed with decision makers in fragile countries in mind. 

Looking at innovations in Africa from mobile phone surveys monitoring the Ebola crisis, to tracking displaced people in Mali, this collection highlights the challenges in data collection researchers face and how they can be overcome.


Data collection Fragile states Development economics Economic development African economics African innovations Mobile phone surveys Rapid emergency response survey Displaced people Central African Republic Geo-spatial sampling Rapid consumption surveys Vulnerable populations Open Access

Editors and affiliations

  • Johannes Hoogeveen
    • 1
  • Utz Pape
    • 2
  1. 1.World BankWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.World BankWashingtonUSA

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