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.