December 2017

How can mobile phones contribute to water quality monitoring efforts in Africa?


The United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development includes a target for achieving universal and equitable access to safe and affordable water for all by 2030. In measuring and guiding progress towards this aspirational goal, the efficient flow of water quality data among relevant actors is crucial. To understand the potential for ICT applications in water quality data management, Aquaya researchers published an analysis of information flows within regulated monitoring institutions across Africa:

Kumpel, E., Peletz, R., Bonham, M., Fay, A., Cock-Esteb, A., & Khush, R. (2015). When Are Mobile Phones Useful for Water Quality Data Collection? An Analysis of Data Flows and ICT Applications among Regulated Monitoring Institutions in SubSaharan Africa. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12(9), 10846-10860.

This brief summarizes the results of their analysis.

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