Seminário NOVAFRICA: Targeting Social Assistance with Machine Learning

Na quarta-feira, 26 de Abril, às 15 horas (hora de Lisboa), na Sala B 133, o Centro NOVAFRICA dá as boas-vindas a Joshua Blumenstock, da Universidade da Califórnia, Berkeley, para apresentar o seu trabalho sobre “Targeting Social Assistance with Machine Learning”.

Joshua Blumenstock

Targeting is a central challenge in the design of anti-poverty programs: given available data, how does one rapidly identify the individuals and families with the greatest need? Here we show that machine learning, applied to non-traditional data from satellites and mobile phones, can improve the targeting of anti-poverty programs. Our analysis is based on data from three field-based projects — in Togo, Afghanistan, and Kenya — that illustrate the promise, as well as some of the potential pitfalls, of this new approach to targeting. Collectively, the results highlight the potential for new data sources to improve humanitarian response efforts, particularly in crisis settings when traditional data are missing or out of date.

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