Data collection pilot in multi-annual water and sanitation programme

Posted on 3 September 2014


Within the multi-annual water and sanitation sector programme PPEA II in Benin (sector support to the government, financed by the Dutch Embassy) lead by COWI, Akvo introduced the use of Akvo FLOW within the ministry of Water.

Akvo FLOW is a tool built specially for data collection to monitor and evaluate initiatives or progress while working in diverse locations that are often remote or lacking reliable basic infrastructure. It is designed for people who want to understand what is happening , in order to make informed decisions that lead to secure, sustainable development aid investments.

Data collection took place in 5 pilot municipalities on smartphones, collecting exactly the same data that was collected for the national water inventory. 1706 water points were inventoried by municipal agents, as well as 1495 village survey and 1636 infrastructures  at village level (for example market, school, health centre etc.).

The experience showed the efficiency of the tool to collect data compared to the traditional approach, and possibilities to integrate data in the national database. The partners appreciated the rapidity with which data become available, the quality of the data as well as the map tool.


Test the usefulness of the Akvo Flow tool in the inventory of water points in 5 municipalities in the north of Benin.


Water inventory of 5 municipalities as well as inventory of municipal infrastructures

Spin off
This pilot was implemented from November 2013 until July 2014, will be up scaled to the national level (70 municipalities) in 2014-2015. 

Project location

Project partners

  • Akvo Foundation