At Water For People, we pay careful attention to the numbers behind our work – because data shows us the impact and illuminates our next steps.
Manson Nkozi is well-acquainted with the power that data has to bring solutions to the surface. He has been an enumerator, or data specialist, in Chikwawa District in Malawi for five years. He uses the Akvo FLOW application Water For People developed to analyze, collect, and manage data from water points, clinics, schools, and households – especially those in the most rural areas.
Manson measures water service through household and water point surveys, but he also does mapping to help the district understand where water infrastructure is needed. During monitoring season Manson spends all day in the field, from sun up to sun down. He’s passionate about gathering data, because he says the data improves health and saves communities time by alleviating long walks for water.
“The data we’re collecting influences government intervention,” Manson says. “The sector is using what we collect to lobby for more boreholes, because they can see areas where access is inadequate and where we need to invest in the future.”