mFieldwork was founded in 2012 in response to the difficulties faced collecting data during the 2011 famine in Somalia. Humanitarian organizations responding to the emergency used a number of methods to register beneficiaries, track shipments, monitor nutrition improvements and follow price trends. None of them used mobile technology and the data available was thin and of poor quality. The lack of data delayed programs, created inefficiencies, and ultimately cost lives.
mFieldwork’s goal is to facilitate the transition to digital data collection in the development and humanitarian sectors and thereby increase the efficiency and effectiveness of development and humanitarian action globally.