Mobile devices arrive in Addis Ababa for NWI2

In August 2018, 3,924 tablets arrived at the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity (MoWIE) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. These mobile handheld devices will be used in the upcoming National WaSH Inventory (NWI2), a nationwide survey of Ethiopia’s WaSH infrastructure assets, coverage and functionality.

The tablets are now in the process of being configured and will be uploaded with the COSMOS app ready for deployment across all regions of Ethiopia. COSMOS is a purpose-built data collection tool that uses mobile phones and tablets to collect data through a customised survey.

The NWI was first carried out in 2010/11 by MoWIE to gain a comprehensive picture of WaSH infrastructure in Ethiopia. It was a resource-intensive exercise which saw government staff deployed across the country collecting data on paper forms. In 2014, MoWIE carried out pilot data collection in the Somali region of the Ethiopia using smartphones to collect the data. The pilot was considered a success and it was decided that the future NWI2 would be undertaken using mobile data collection.

These 3,924 tablets were procured with funding from the African Development Bank (AfDB) and will soon be deployed across the country for a digital data collection survey on a scale that has not been seen previously in East Africa.