Lights at Night

We studied sources of stable light over an 18 year period and using a large number of settlements as a sample, we visualised the expansion and contraction of stable light as a vital proxy for measuring progress in the country.

As the International mission in Afghanistan draws down, and following the investment of vast sums of money in development aid, evidence of improvements in the populations circumstances are being sought to justify the expenditure.

The customer was seeking indicators of progress in Afghanistan, where traditional survey methods are not deemed robust enough. One such indicator was to see how the supply of electricity had changed over the years.

Using data derived from satellite imagery, Alcis was able to map sources of stable light over almost two decades.

Using 125 settlements as a sample, this data enabled decision makers to be better informed when measuring and evaluating the impact of development programmes in the country.