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Understanding Health Conditions in Mali: A Sub-national Look

September 13, 2019
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To date, millions of dollars in international aid have gone into the Sahel to address issues at the core of the region’s instability. Mali’s place at the center of the regional focus stems from its longstanding lag in development indicators, especially the poor health of its population: according to recent World Health Organization report, Mali…

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Is There an Ethnic Insurgency in Northern Mozambique?

August 12, 2019
map depicting the percentage of Makua language speakers

By Judd Devermont Senior Fraym Advisor Current director of the Africa Program at the CSIS National intelligence officer for Africa from 2015 to 2018 Central Intelligence Agency’s senior political analyst on sub-Saharan Africa from 2013 to 2015 National Security Council director for Somalia, Nigeria, the Sahel, and the African Union from 2011 to 2013 Since…

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Malawi’s Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change

August 6, 2019
Malawi climate index

As the latest flooding in Malawi shows, the country is highly susceptible to climate change and its consequences. With thousands displaced in March 2019, Fraym applied a geospatial analysis of the Malawian population to identify climate vulnerable communities and the issues these communities face. Governments and multilateral actors can pre-empt these consequences by (1) identifying…

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South Africa’s most lucrative and fastest-growing retail markets

July 15, 2019
Soweto South Africa painted towers

Companies go where the spending power is. The question is, where in South Africa can they find the biggest return on their investment? This pursuit of ROI is occurring in a shaky economic climate that has just seen its worst quarterly decline in economic activity in ten years (down 3.2% in Q1 2019). In the…

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Who lives in the Ebola-affected areas on the DRC/Uganda border?

July 1, 2019
Infographic of population characteristics of Kasese Uganda

Background Forty miles west of Kasese is the town of Mpondwe, the busiest crossing on the border of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in terms of trade volume. Scrap iron, coffee, and sawn wood are the biggest Ugandan imports from the DRC, but very recently, the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has also…

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The Impact of Climate Change on Ethiopian Coffee

June 11, 2019
Ethiopian coffee roasting in traditional cook method.

Ethiopia is Africa’s largest coffee producer, and the third largest Arabica producer in the world. As the climate changes, the country will have to adapt its agricultural practices in order to maintain production levels. Ethiopia’s ability to change how and where they grow coffee will have economic implications both locally and abroad. According to a…

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Fraym & the African Wildlife Foundation: Machine Learning to Better Understand Chimpanzee Habitat in Southeast Senegal

April 22, 2019

Like many other great apes, chimpanzees are endangered. The West African chimpanzee population has declined rapidly, with habitat loss and degradation as major threats. For conservation strategies focused on mitigating risks to chimpanzee habitats, it is critical to understand how current habitats align with pressure from human activity. Earth Day 2019 emphasizes protecting endangered species…

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Creating Consumer Profiles for Rural Africa

April 15, 2019
Financial Profile of Nigerian Farmer

Financial inclusion is widely recognized by policy makers as a critical component to economic development. To encourage progress, many African countries have established goals that aim to increase access to financial services. Recent developments in banking, such as mobile money, digital banking, and agent banking, offer a path toward greater inclusion. The question is, how…

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Women’s Access to Health Facilities in Kenya

April 5, 2019
Graph of Kenyan Females Who Did and Did Not Visit a Health Facility in the Past Year

Often, increasing healthcare access requires more than opening a clinic. Using geospatial data, we researched the physical, demographic, and social factors that impact a woman’s ability to visit a facility. Below is an outline of how we’d use the Fraym analysis to approach program design. To start, we looked at the female population of Kenya…

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How Fraym Explains Extremist Violence in Burkina Faso

March 9, 2019
Map showing Fraym’s vulnerability and poverty indices to identify where Burkina Faso’s most vulnerable communities reside in Burkina Faso

By Judd Devermont Senior Fraym Advisor Current director of the Africa Program at the CSIS National intelligence officer for Africa from 2015 to 2018 Central Intelligence Agency’s senior political analyst on sub-Saharan Africa from 2013 to 2015 National Security Council director for Somalia, Nigeria, the Sahel, and the African Union from 2011 to 2013 Since…

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