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Data Collection in Fragile States

Innovations from Africa and Beyond

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Addresses an urgent issue on which little organized information exists

  • Highlights experiments of data collection in fragile states

  • Presents methodological issues in data collection

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Table of contents (14 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxxi
  2. Fragility and Innovations in Data Collection

    • Johannes Hoogeveen, Utz Pape
    Pages 1-12Open Access
  3. Innovations in Data Collection

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 13-13
    2. Monitoring the Ebola Crisis Using Mobile Phone Surveys

      • Alvin Etang, Kristen Himelein
      Pages 15-31Open Access
    3. Rapid Emergency Response Survey

      • Utz Pape
      Pages 33-50Open Access
    4. Tracking Displaced People in Mali

      • Alvin Etang, Johannes Hoogeveen
      Pages 51-62Open Access
    5. Resident Enumerators for Continuous Monitoring

      • Andre-Marie Taptué, Johannes Hoogeveen
      Pages 63-82Open Access
    6. A Local Development Index for the CAR and Mali

      • Mohamed Coulibaly, Johannes Hoogeveen, Roy Katayama, Gervais Chamberlin Yama
      Pages 83-99Open Access
  4. Methodological Innovations

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 101-101
    2. Methods of Geo-Spatial Sampling

      • Stephanie Eckman, Kristen Himelein
      Pages 103-128Open Access
    3. Sampling for Representative Surveys of Displaced Populations

      • Ana Aguilera, Nandini Krishnan, Juan Muñoz, Flavio Russo Riva, Dhiraj Sharma, Tara Vishwanath
      Pages 129-151Open Access
    4. Rapid Consumption Surveys

      • Utz Pape, Johan Mistiaen
      Pages 153-171Open Access
    5. Studying Sensitive Topics in Fragile Contexts

      • Mohammad Isaqzadeh, Saad Gulzar, Jacob Shapiro
      Pages 173-192Open Access
    6. Eliciting Accurate Consumption Responses from Vulnerable Populations

      • Lennart Kaplan, Utz Pape, James Walsh
      Pages 193-206Open Access
  5. Other Innovations

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 207-207
    2. Using Video Testimonials to Give a Voice to the Poor

      • Utz Pape
      Pages 209-213Open Access
    3. Iterative Beneficiary Monitoring of Donor Projects

      • Johannes Hoogeveen, Andre-Marie Taptué
      Pages 215-234Open Access
    4. Concluding Remarks: Data Collection in FCV Environments

      • Johannes Hoogeveen, Utz Pape
      Pages 235-239Open 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

  • World Bank, Washington, USA

    Johannes Hoogeveen, Utz Pape

About the editors

Johannes Hoogeveen is Lead Economist in the Poverty and Equity Global Practice at the World Bank. He combines analytical and strategic work with the implementation of lending operations, and has published academic papers on various topics of relevance to this book including mobile phone surveys, statistics governance, displacement, and the welfare consequences of crises.  

Utz Pape is Senior Economist in the Poverty and Equity Global Practice at the World Bank. He leads teams to design and implement lending projects to improve national statistical systems and to prepare analytical poverty work including poverty assessments, poverty impact studies, and Systematic Country Diagnostics. His work experience in post-conflict countries contributes to his research agenda including the design of methodologies for poverty measurement in fragile settings. 

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Data Collection in Fragile States

  • Book Subtitle: Innovations from Africa and Beyond

  • Editors: Johannes Hoogeveen, Utz Pape

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Economics and Finance, Economics and Finance (R0)

  • Copyright Information: International Bank for Reconstruction and Development/The World Bank 2020

  • License: CC BY IGO

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-25119-2Published: 05 November 2019

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-25122-2Published: 11 September 2020

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-25120-8Published: 16 October 2019

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXXI, 243

  • Number of Illustrations: 6 b/w illustrations, 52 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Development Economics, Data Analysis and Big Data, Sociological Methods, Quantitative Economics, African Economics

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 34.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 31.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)