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Using iBeacons to Track the Distribution of Patronage Goods

Agriculture Kenya

Picture Credit: Susana Secretariat

Study Context

The misallocation or disappearance of patronage goods (such as farming inputs or water purifying materials) are a substantial and expensive challenge in the aid industry. Poor distribution may undermine the benefit that the goods were designed to bring and potentially reduce support for development aid in donor countries.

Study Design

This project is piloting the use of iBeacon technology to track the distribution of solar lanterns in small communities in rural Kenya. The study will serve as a valuable test of the viability of the iBeacon technology as a measurement tool and promising approach to reducing leakage in the distribution of development goods.

Results and Policy Lessons

Results forthcoming.

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