Mar 3, 2020

Machine-learning data helps global development organizations monitor & evaluate programs

WASHINGTON, March 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Fraym, a geospatial data company that uses machine learning to produce local-level consumer data for emerging markets has launched a comprehensive initiative with the Shell Foundation, a UK charity, to increase electrification across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Technology company Fraym partners with the World Bank & the African Development Bank

Fraym, a technology company, recently worked with the World Bank and the African Development Bank to employ advanced geospatial data and uncover insights that traditional data analysis could not reveal.

Spatial knowledge of population dynamics enables fast, precise, and comprehensive assessments—and illustrates the effects of investments on the most pressing global development needs. Fraym’s founders worked in global development at the highest levels of the U.S. government, and now their original use case which identified a need for localized data, has been proven and scaled. Ben Leo, CEO and Co-Founder of Fraym reflects, “Our company is deeply passionate about and connected to the global development space. I’m humbled that our technology contributes to the missions of organizations like the World Bank and the African Development Bank.”

The World Bank

Working with the World Bank, Fraym helped identify, quantify, and locate the most socioeconomically vulnerable communities in Pakistan â€“ providing a baseline understanding of communities that would benefit most from targeted programming. In a recent blog entitled, Three ways geospatial data can help Pakistan during COVID-19, World Bank analysts used Fraym data for a mapping exercise to explore ‘risk of exposure and disease transmission’, ‘community behavior and access to information’, and ‘vulnerability to socioeconomic impacts.’

The African Development Bank

This year Fraym also partnered with the African Development Bank to create a high-resolution map of the Bank’s development impact in seven West African countries. Looking at communities within 20 km of eight Bank-financed road projects, the map reveals how peoples’ lives were transformed. In Ghana, for example, 103,000 people living near the Awoshie-Pokuase road gained access to clean water. An extra 3,000 youth enrolled in school, and stunting fell by 10% among children under five. Innovations in predictive modeling are deepening the Bank’s understanding of how the $1.7 billion they invest every year in transport infrastructure is improving the lives of people across the African continent. For more examples of how the bank supports African development, see the 10th edition of the Annual Development Effectiveness Review.

About Fraym

Fraym is the preeminent global provider of geospatial data for understanding population dynamics. Governments and organizations around the world rely on Fraym data to make strategic and operational decisions while tackling challenges like inequity and insecurity, climate vulnerability, public health, and more. The company’s advanced AI/ML models are the first to generate high-resolution insights about human characteristics, behaviors, and attitudes at the sub-neighborhood level and make them commercially available at scale.

Media Contact

Rachael Mandell
Director of Marketing & Communications at Fraym
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