With the pandemic, it has become even more important that aid reaches those that need it most. The Togo government rolled out the NOVISSI aid program last April, but found difficulties reaching its rural population. In this article, Cina Lawson, Togo’s Minister of Digital Economy and Digital Transformation, explains how they used mobile and satellite data to overcome this challenge.
Lawson explains that they used a two stage approach. First, the team used AI to analyze the quality of features such as roofs and roads to determine poverty levels across the region. In the second phase, the team identified vulnerable individuals to receive aid using mobile data.