In developing countries, where capacity is limited, surveys are often the only way to collect reliable
data. Mobile Data Collection (MDC) is the use of mobile phones, tablets or PDAs for collecting
data in real-time. There are many mobile applications (referred to as platforms) which allows to
build a mobile data collection survey. These platforms allow customizing surveys to collect
specific data as required, such as photographs, information from a list selection, voice recordings,
GPS coordinates, and so on. Platforms vary in ease of use, cost, and features. Mobile technology
can be used to employ long and complicated household surveys (Seebregts et al. 2009).

The Ethiopian Statistical Association, in collaboration with the Central Statistical Agency and the
African Center for Statistics, UNECA has undertaken a pilot project on the use of mobile devices
for data collection

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