AfDB, Mobile Accord in mobile data processing deal

The Africa Development Bank (AfDB) chief economist Mthuli Ncube has announced that the bank has entered into a strategic partnership with Mobile Accord for the processing of mobile-based surveys throughout Africa.

The deal will see Mobile Accord’s GeoPoll service – the polling platform that uses text messaging to collect substantial data from mobile subscribers- being adopted and used by the bank.

The announcement comes in the wake of discussions at the AfDB for the need for better engagement of technology to support the Bank’s many initiatives around the continent, including their “Youth Employment” and “Transforming Africa” projects.

A GeoPoll survey was recently used to ask Tunisian youth for their views on employment, entrepreneurship, and on the country’s progress since the Arab Spring.  Among the most interesting results were that 62 percent of Tunisian youth would like to be entrepreneurs.

“Through this partnership with Mobile Accord, we are able to feel the real pulse of the youth and the development impact of AfDB because we can gather more accurate information in real time,” said Ncube in a media release.

“GeoPoll is changing the way information is collected; reducing the time it takes to gather information from months to a single day – and at a fraction of the traditional cost,” said Mobile Accord’s founder and chair James Eberhard and GeoPoll pioneer.

Mobile Accord is a mobile telecommunications platform services company, founded in 2005 with operations on four continents, providing enterprise level solutions focused on driving positive social change through the mobile phone.