Each year the Guardian newspaper hosts the Activate Summit, bringing together inspiring figures from around the world who are using technology and the internet to make the world a better place. Rakesh Rajani, Head of Twaweza, was invited to speak at the 2011 Summit in London, England. He described Twaweza's work on the soon to be launched Wananchi Survey. Between 1,200 and 2,500 people from each of the East African countries Twaweza works in will be regularly called on their mobile phones to answer a set of questions, ranging from the monitoring of services to opinions on current events. Within a week the data can be crunched and the results made public. The use of mobile phones for citizen surveys drastically reduces the time and money spent on traditional large scale surveys.
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