Mozambique joins the collaborative ICT data collection initiative developed by the African Development Bank

AfDB staff and Mozambican government staff participate in the first day of training at the Radisson Blu, Maputo, Mozambique

The African Development Bank has extended Mozambique’s membership of a digital data monitoring system known as the Remote Monitoring, Monitoring and Evaluation (RASME) project, making it the sixth African country to benefit from the tool that improves the collection of project-related data in remote areas.

RASME is a partnership between the African Development Bank and the World Bank’s Geo-Enabling Initiative for Monitoring and Supervision and KoBoToolbox teams. The suite of digital data collection tools used for the RASME project is based on the KoBoToolbox platform, an open-source ICT solution developed by researchers affiliated with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. The initiative uses mobile devices and personal computers to enable Bank staff to remotely collect digital project data directly from the field in real time. The outbreak of the Covid-19 crisis has heightened the need for remote data collection tools.

Mozambican deputy minister of economy and finance, Carla Alexandra Louveira, and the country manager of the African Development Bank. Cesar Mba Abogo officially launched the initiative on Monday, March 7, 2022.

According to Deputy Minister Louveira, “the operationalization of RASME will strengthen the capacity to monitor and monitor the implementation of the project and support a more effective decision-making process”.

RASME, based on the open-source KoBoToolbox platform developed by researchers affiliated with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, is designed for online or offline use in remote areas with limited telecommunications infrastructure. The project will strengthen data collection in often inaccessible or remote areas, including those with security and logistical challenges, to strengthen monitoring and evaluation of Bank development projects. All data is stored on secure servers.

The deployment of RASME is being led by the African Development Bank’s IT Department (CHIS) in partnership with the World Bank’s Geo-Enabling Initiative for Monitoring and Oversight (GEMS) team – Fragility, Conflict and violence (FCV) and the KoBoToolbox foundation.

In his opening remarks, Abogo said, “The African Development Bank is committed to helping Africa build back boldly, but smartly, with greater attention to quality growth. This forces the Bank to constantly reset and innovate to meet the challenges facing the continent. . RASME is part of this reframing, of this spirit of innovation that characterizes our institution and which in this case is based on the effectiveness of this resource that we have seen in the experience of other institutions.

After the launch, project implementation staff in Mozambique received a three-day in-person training.

In November 2021, the African Development RASME was deployed in five countries in the Central Africa region: Gabon, Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Central African Republic (CAR).

Participants at the kick-off meeting of the RASME project in Mozambique

Contact:

Olufemi Terry, Communication and External Relations Department | Email: o.terry@afdb.org

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