Updated on August 25, 2018


Created on June 26, 2017


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Product Description

Flowminder is a non profit organization that’s goal is to apply academic rigors and statistical analysis to research projects in low and middle income countries. They provide the analysis to partners and publish the data to provide decision support. Flowminder focuses on five areas including disaster response, socioeconomic analysis, epidemiology, capacity building and policy engagement.

“Our primary focus is operational projects with governments and international agencies. For validation and method description we often then publish them in peer reviewed journals”.Interview with representative

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

Flowminder, Worldpop

Manufacturing/Building Method

Flowminder is an independent research institute and many of Flowminder's staff are affiliated with academic institutions across the world. Their researchers range from economists, geographers, doctors, and computer scientists. They attempt to apply academic rigor to international development issues and publish their work in an open fashion.

Intellectural Property Type

Open Source

User Provision Model

Flowminder attempts to provide access to their analysis in a number of ways. They publish a large number of articles in peer reviewed journals as well as data sets which are available from partners.Flowminder is very active in social media along with their partners in attempting to get out the information to decision makers and the public at large.

Distributions to Date Status

Flowminder does not have statistics on distribution. Interview with representative

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Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

Flowminder's goal is to provide analysis to help identify distributions, migrations and characteristics of vulnerable populations. They provide this analysis to policy makers to enable them make policy decisions with the proper data to make a proper decision.

Vetted Performance Status

Notable models that have been developed using data from Flowminder include a model to project disease outbreak risk based upon anonymous cellular data analysis1, a model to predict climate change related migration patterns in Bangledesh2, and a model to analyze poverty in low and middle income countries utilizing satellite and cellular data3



Complementary Technical Systems

Statistical analysis software (Stata, R, etc.) GIS software (OpenStreetMap, GeoNode, ArcGis, etc.)

Academic Research and References

  1. Bengtsson, L., et al., Using Mobile Phone Data to Predict the Spatial Spread of Cholera. Scientific Reports. Published: March 9, 2015. doi: doi:10.1038/srep08923
  2. Lu, X., et al., Unveiling Hidden Migration and Mobility Patterns in Climate Stressed Regions: A Longitudinal Study of Six Million Anonymous Mobile Phone Users in Bangladesh. Global Environment Change, 2016. doi:
  3. Steele, J.E., et al., Mapping poverty using mobile phone and satellite data. Journal of the Royal Society Interface. Published: February 1, 2017. doi: 10.1098/rsif.2016.0690
  4. Since 2009 Flowminder has had 79 publications in peer reviewed journals.

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