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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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Influences on Gender Equity in Malawi

March 8, 2019
Infographic on education and decision making in Malawi

Gender equity is a holistic concept. Empowering women in one facet, often leads to their empowerment on others. In honor of International Women’s Day, Fraym looked at gender dynamics in Malawi based on various characteristics. Trends in: Education and Employment From 2004 to 2016, education levels and professional outcomes have increased notably in Malawi for…

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Perennial Global Development Questions Can Now Be Answered

March 1, 2019

Who do we target? Where are our target constituents located? How can we make a greater impact in people’s lives? Using advanced geospatial data and analytics, we can now understand population characteristics at the neighborhood level in regions where data has been traditionally hard to access. From socioeconomics, to healthcare and electricity access, we can…

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Locating Communities with Education Inequality in Chad

January 24, 2019
Years of Education by Gender and Residence in Chad

Access to education empowers women: the question is, how do we deploy resources to the communities with the biggest gaps between women’s and men’s education? In honor of International Education Day, we took a close look at Chad, where literacy rates and education attainment are much lower among women than men. In general, education rates…

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Locating Kenyan Consumers Outside of Nairobi

January 16, 2019
Map of Eldoret, Kenya showing catchment area of consumers within close driving distance

Consumer focused companies in Africa typically limit their focus to a handful of national capitals or major cities. This approach makes sense, but overlooks a critical opportunity: fast-growing consumer potential in secondary cities. Here, we call segments of the population that can purchase ‘premium products’ the Consumer Class, or ABC1 consumers. With this in mind,…

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Using Human Geography Data to Predict Violence in Africa

December 4, 2018
Map of Mali Burkina Faso border showing violent outbreaks.

Population dynamics can shift dramatically from neighborhood to neighborhood or from village to village. What we need to know is, where might these differences create flash points of insecurity? Until very recently, it was nearly impossible to access hyper-local human geography data for most African countries. Now, with the availability of cloud computing, satellite imagery,…

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World Toilet Day: Mapping the Greatest Need in Ghana

November 19, 2018
Map of Toilet Access in Ghana

In observation of World Toilet Day, Fraym explored challenges to quality sanitation in Ghana, one of the lowest scoring countries in the University of Carolina’s 2015 Water and Sanitation for Health (WASH) Performance Index. To maximize the impact of the resources available, it is crucial to target private and public sector interventions to communities with…

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