Household and Individual ICT Access and Usage Survey 2017-2018
Other Household Survey [hh/oth]
Research ICT Africa (RIA) is a non-profit, public interest, research entity which undertakes research on how information and communication technologies are being accessed and used in African countries. The aim is to measure the impact on lifestyles and livelihoods of people and households and to understand how informal businesses can prosper through the use of ICTs. This research can facilitate informed policy-making for improved access, use and application of ICT for social development and economic growth. RIA collects both supply-side and demand-side data. On the demand-side nationally representative surveys are conducted on ICT use and demand in African countries. This survey dataset consists of data collected by household and business surveys conducted in 9 African countries in 2017 and 2018.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
Households and individuals
Version 01: Edited, anonymised dataset for licensed distribution
Version 01 of the dataset was received from Research ICT Africa in June 2019.
Data collected on households includes: Dwelling type, household expenditure, access to electricity, ownership of goods, data on postal address and bank accounts, access to, use of, and expenditure on internet and landline, as well as household remittances.
Data collected on household members includes: Age, sex, relationship to household head, marital status, highest education level, main economic activity, income and other earnings, and mobile phone ownership. A household member was selected at random to provide more detailed data. Data collected on the Randomly Selected Individual includes: Contribution to household expenses, literacy, language, ownership of CD/MP3 player/ipod, social networks, money and banking, use of TV, radio, public phones, work phone, internet, detailed data on mobile phone usage.
National coverage, the survey was conducted in Botswana, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Tunisia.
The data is nationally representative on a household and individual level for individuals 16 years of age or older.
Producers and sponsors
Research ICT Africa
The random sampling was performed in four steps for households and businesses, and five steps for individuals.
• Step 1: The national census sample frames was split into urban and rural Enumerator areas (EAs).
• Step 2: EAs were sampled for each stratum using probability proportional to size (PPS).
• Step 3: For each EA two listings were compiled, one for households and one for businesses. The listings serve as sample frame for the simple random sections.
• Step 4: 24 Households and 10 businesses were sampled using simple random sample for each selected EA.
• Step 5: From all household members 15 years or older or visitors staying the night at the house one was randomly selected based on simple random sampling.
Three weights were constructed, for households, individuals and for small businesses. The weights are based on the inverse selection probabilities and gross up the data to national level when applied.
Dates of Data Collection
Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa and Tanzania
Data Collection Mode
Data Collection Notes
Surveys were undertaken during 2017 for all countries exept Senegal and Tanzania, where surveys was conducted in 2018.
The survey questionnaire consisted of 16 modules.
- Admin (enumerator completes it before Interviewing the Household)
- Household Roster, list all household members 15 years or older
- Household Roster, list all household members 14 years or younger
- Household Attributes
- Demographic Information
- Income and Expenditure
- Social Activities
- Mobile Phone
- No Mobile Phone
- Mobile Money
- No Internet Use
- Social Media
- No Social Media
- Micro work
- Household Attributes of Visitor
The user of the data acknowledges that the original collector of the data, the authorized distributor of the data, and the relevant funding agency bear no responsibility for use of the data or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses.
DDI Document ID
University of Cape Town
Date of Metadata Production
DDI Document version
DDI Document - Version 02 - (04/27/21)
This version is identical to DDI_AFR_2017_RIAS_v01_M but country field has been updated to capture all the countries covered by survey.
Version 01 (September 2019): This DDI is identical to 'zaf-ria-rias-2017-2018-v1' which was downloaded from the DataFirst website.