After Access Surveys


The After Access surveys is a multi-country research initiative in sub-Saharan Africa that aims to build an evidence base for context-specific policy and regulatory interventions. The survey builds on a series of information communication technology (ICT) access and use surveys conducted by RIA since 2004 with the support of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).  From 2017 to 2019 it was responsible for the African component of the Global South After Access Survey undertaken with partners LIRNEasia and Instituto de Estudos Peruanos (IEP), which the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) co-funded with IDRC.

A new round of the survey was conducted in eight African countries during 2022: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda, with a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Access to Datasets

The underlying datasets of the After Access surveys are curated by DataFirst. Having gone through a process of verification via independent peer review, public engagement and publication by Research ICT Africa, the data is made available publicly. DataFirst is a research data service dedicated to giving open access to data from South Africa and other African countries.

Download the data, questionnaires, technical documents and reports that describe the survey process and the key results for this study on the DataFirst website.

The 2017 questionnaires for the After Access Household, Individual and Business survey are available here.

Policy Paper Series 5 | After Access: Assessing Digital Inequality in Africa

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