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Accurate and up to date settlement data

A comprehensive data collection exercise to collect all the domestic compounds in Afghanistan


Alcis has been working in Afghanistan for more than 15 years. Through the projects we work on, it became clear that reliable and up-to-date data showing where the population is and in what numbers, simply did not exist.


Officially recognised and unofficial sources of population data contained huge discrepancies and errors. Computer generated population models were seen to be not necessarily representative.

Driven by a lack of standard quality data, organisations have been using old and inappropriate ‘village’ datasets to plan projects, implement surveys or evaluate the impact, when in reality, the people did not exist where the data showed them.


It was clear to Alcis that this situation was jeopardising the success of these interventions. We realised that in order for organisations to develop effective plans, implement worthwhile projects and measure impact on real beneficiaries, it was essential that reliable data about the population existed.


In 2014 we completed a country wide exercise to map the location of every residential compound from high resolution aerial imagery, the result is the Alcis Settlement Data.  In 2019 the complete data set was refreshed.

Purchase or sample our data

Our settlement data is available either for the whole of Afghanistan or for individual and multiple provinces.

If you would like to purchase the data or receive a sample, please complete this form and we will get in touch with you to discuss the detail of your requirement and make sure we provide you with exactly what you need - not what we think you would like to have. 

Alternatively, please contact us via email or phone.

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Alcis Holdings Ltd
Surrey Technology Centre
40 Occam Road
Surrey Research Park
Guildford, Surrey
United Kingdom

Tel:  +44 (0) 1483 688 230


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