Mid-term evaluation Assessment of a Multi-million Dollar Geospatial Data  Investment in Nigeria

Millions of dollars are currently being invested by international organizations in initiatives to democratize  access to modern technology, elevate the poverty line, develop resilience systems for epidemic and pandemic  response, mobilize resources, and provide financial aid. Geospatial data and technology have become crucial  for planning, executing, managing, and tracking programs in Africa, leading to a rapid expansion of the  geospatial landscape that influences various development sectors. Therefore, geospatial organizations are  actively developing solutions and entering new markets. In this context, it is essential to assess the current  situation, learn from the impact of decisions, and identify gaps and opportunities within the landscape. This  context applies to a multi-million-dollar geospatial data investment scaling through Nigeria’s geospatial  ecosystem. 

Dev-Afrique Development Advisors conducted a mid-term evaluation to determine how geospatial data and  maps strengthen immunization activities, particularly at the local level. The project was initiated as part of  the geospatial program’s COVID-19 impact assessment, aiming to enhance the delivery and implementation  of the COVID-19 vaccination program. It also sought to identify innovative approaches to better apply  geospatial data and technologies to enhance immunization service delivery and strengthen national health  systems. 

This mid-term evaluation engaged over 80 key stakeholders from eight states across Nigeria’s geopolitical  zones, providing insights into factors influencing the use and non-use of geospatial data and maps. It explored  technical support and capacity-building requirements, facilitating use case generation and outcomes for last mile impact. 

Dev-Afrique employed strategies to collaboratively map stakeholders, iteratively understanding their needs  to design a comprehensive assessment. This approach resulted in successful engagement, with full  participation and ownership demonstrated by stakeholders. Dev-Afrique, with extensive experience,  strategically managed the complexities of government interaction at all levels. 

The gaps and opportunities identified through this mid-term evaluation were instrumental. The geospatial  program now has a clear roadmap to optimize geospatial support (data and maps) and enhance the impactful  use of data for microplanning, supply chain management, and resource deployment. The geospatial data program supports the Nigerian government and other private and non-profit stakeholders  in their efforts to generate, validate, and use geospatial data on population, settlements, infrastructure, and  subnational boundaries for planning and decision making.

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