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We combine established evaluation methods with the latest advances in econometrics and data technology.

Why Laterite

Drive for innovation

We deploy machine learning, geospatial data and large language models.

At the forefront

We are continuously investing in our capabilities to find new solutions to old problems.

Out of the box

We offer data-driven solutions to commonly-found problems in socio-economic development research.

Predictive analytics

Predictive analytics and modeling

We use predictive analytic and modeling techniques to, for example, define target populations, extract insights from unseen data, extrapolate findings, or plan ahead.

Some of the techniques we have used include: machine vision techniques to estimate coffee tree yields, Markov chain models to predict the evolution of education systems, gravity models to identify infrastructure gaps in Rwanda’s economic geography, and economic complexity models to study the latent trajectory of economies.

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Geospatial data

Social research is geographically situated. Laterite has a large database of geospatial data from the countries where we work. Indicators include, for example, terrain, climate, population composition and density, nightlights, distances from roads and urban centers, and a vegetation index.

We use geospatial statistics to strengthen econometric analysis and ground our findings in their geographical context. This allows us to enhance our analysis and build powerful maps & tools to visualize development-related indicators.

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From hard copy to dataset

We build systems to transform information locked in hard copy into datasets ready for analysis and visualization.

Laterite deploys optical recognition techniques that can be used for example to grade student assessments, monitor attendance sheets, or extract information from administrative data. In our experience, optical recognition can generate high-quality data for relative low cost.

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Optimizing work streams

Large language models are emerging as a game changer for the way organizations conduct day-to-day work. When carefully used, LLMs can be used to enhance internal processes and streamline routine tasks.

We can tailor large language models to address specific needs of social impact organizations.

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Tools to accelerate research

Designing and conducting survey research takes a lot of time. Some of that time is spent on technical and repetitive tasks, like coding a survey, cleaning data or coding qualitative data. Laterite has developed a set of tools to answer these challenges, using the latest AI technologies.

We are currently in alpha mode testing and you will soon be able to check out our first batch of tools. (Subscribe to our newsletter to stay tuned.)