Household and small business access & usage survey 2011

Christoph Stork

Policy Brief 1: ICT Survey Methodology, 2012

RIA seeks to build an African base of evidence and knowledge in support of ICT policy and regulation, and to monitor and review policy and regulatory developments on the continent. Part of this effort is the generation of relevant information for policy-makers and regulators. The RIA 2012 e-Access & Usage Survey produced nationally representative indicators at household, individual and informal business levels. The survey used national census sampling frames in co-operation with National Statistical Offices to deliver crucial data in a cost effective way.


1. Lack of Data. Decision-relevant data for ICT policymaking and regulation is often not available in Africa.

2. Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development. The Survey delivers all indicators required by the Partnership for households and individuals.

3. Cost Effective. Using Enumerator Areas (EA) of national census sample frames, as well as sampling households and small businesses simultaneously, minimises costs.

4. Scope. Apart from delivering ICT indicators required by international bodies, the survey delivers data and analysis for several regulatory functions such as pricing regulation, number portability and universal access.

5. Comprehensive Interaction. The survey explains interactions between households, individuals and businesses on ICT access and usage.

Suggested citation

Stork, C. (2012). Household and small business access & usage survey 2011 (Policy Brief No. 1; ICT Survey Methodology). Research ICT Africa.