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The Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS)

The World Bank's flagship household survey program since 1980.

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The LSMS strives to keep its programs aligned with the shifting global needs in policy and analytical priorities, as well as the latest advances in technology and survey methodology.

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COVID-19 phone surveys

LSMS is supporting high-frequency phone surveys in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda to track responses to and socio-economic impacts of COVID-19.

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LSMS Data

LSMS data is publicly available and open access: explore the full datasets in the World Bank’s Microdata Catalog

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COVID-19 Phone Surveys

LSMS is supporting high-frequency phone surveys in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda to track responses to and socio-economic impacts of COVID-19.

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The World Bank's flagship household survey program since 1980

Bridging data gaps and helping countries produce better data has been at the core of the LSMS mission since its inception in the early 1980s.
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Center for Development Data (C4D2)

The LSMS-led Center for Development Data (C4D2) is a Rome-based hub for fostering methodological innovation and strengthening capacity in household surveys in low- and middle-income countries.
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LSMS - Integrated Surveys on Agriculture

Collaborating with national statistical offices in eight countries in Sub-Saharan Africa to design and implement systems of multi-topic, nationally-representative panel household surveys with a strong focus on agriculture.
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LSMS Plus

Assisting selected low-income countries in collecting individual-disaggregated survey data on asset ownership and employment, following the latest international guidelines.
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The 50x2030 Initiative

The 50x2030 Initiative to Close the Agricultural Data Gap is a multi-partner effort that seeks to bridge the global agricultural data gap by transforming country data systems across 50 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America by 2030.

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Data for Development

The World Bank's Living Standards Measurement Study team on the road in Uganda. Talip Kilic and James Muwonge of the Uganda Bureau of Statistics explain why accurate data is so important to sustainable development, and how "Behind every data point is a human story."

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MALI. People take precautions against COVID-19 (coronavirus). Photo: World Bank/Ousmane Traore
Survey report

COVID-19 Impact Monitoring in Nigeria (Round 3)

This brief presents the findings of the third round of the Nigeria COVID-19 National Longitudinal Phone Survey, a nationally representative monthly survey of 1,950 households that monitors the economic impact of the pandemic and other shocks across Nigeria.

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The World Bank's Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS)
1818 H Street, NW Washington, DC 20433
lsms@worldbank.org
Center for Development Data (C4D2)
Via Labicana 110 Rome 00184, Italy
c4d2@worldbank.org