Link to or upload data sets from diverse sources. This includes surveys in Akvo Flow, and others.


Turning messy data into high quality information you can rely on just got much faster and easier. Clean, filter, aggregate and combine datasets, and enrich them with geocoding, scores and calculations.


Build graphs, maps and charts quickly and easily. See and show the stories captured in your data.


Easily design and create online and shareable dashboards. Display your visualisations with context. Share them with a limited audience or the world, via a website, iframe or widget.

We take a collaborative, partnership approach to supporting you on your data journey. And we provide a range of training, support and consultancy services to help you at every step of researching, transforming, analysing and finding insights within your datasets.

Local training

We train people – from data specialists, through to project managers and decision makers – to use Akvo Lumen to its full potential. Our courses fit around your team’s schedule and location.

Regional support

We provide regional and remote support, with offices and staff working across East and West Africa, South Asia and South East Asia and the Pacific, Europe and the Americas. Our online help centre provides a range of learning resources in English (and French coming soon). But if you get stuck, we’re here to help.

Programme design

Akvo can help you plan the data visualisation you need for your programme. Our experts can train and support you to apply effective monitoring and evaluation practices.

Data analysis

We can train and support you to find data sources,  conduct analysis and create visualisations to find meaning in your data, and translate it into information that can be used. We can also help you with advanced data analysis to find hidden patterns and make predictions based on datasets.

Open data publishing

Akvo can help you to apply best practices in data sharing. We advise on formats, designs and how to ensure the data is useful for your audience. On top of that we can help you with your own website with integrated data visualisations.

Sector expertise

Akvo people have vast experience of data transformation, analysis and visualisation, from small to very large scale, in water and sanitation, education, agriculture, healthcare, disaster response, energy and other sectors.

Multiple data sources

Lumen lets you upload data sets directly from Akvo Flow (soon this will include monitoring forms and repeated question groups), as well as CSV files from a local computer, or via a link from other locations.

Easy to use

The clear and well designed user interface is fast and simple to use, even if you don’t have complex data skills.

Fast data cleaning

In a few mouse clicks, you can remove white spaces and blank cells, change case, apply filters, switch data type, solve inconsistencies in numerical and date-format, and sort, rename, combine or delete columns.

Merge data sets

Easily combine data sets from different sources to release new stories and insights (coming soon).

Make calculations 

Derive new columns to carry out calculations and create new expressions, e.g. to implement a decision model, check data quality or apply scoring based on the contents of several other columns.

Transformation logs 

Lumen logs all the transformations made to your data, so the process is fully transparent. You can look back to see who did what, and revert to old versions if you need to – removing the risk of damage to your data.

Lots of visualisation options

Use Lumen’s curated data sets (coming soon) and your own data to create interactive bars, pies, areas or line charts, maps, pivot tables and scatter plot graphs – all in moments.  

Create dashboards

Organise your visualisations into attractive dashboards, and design how you want them to look. Bring your insights together, add context to tell the stories of your data, and share them online.

Easy to share

Publish your dashboards and visualisations in the form of a website, iframe or widget on a variety of devices, and with a variety of access possibilities.

Automatic updating

Visualisations and dashboards will automatically update when the underlying data changes. In future you can schedule these updates.

Data flows

Transformations will be automatically reapplied when new data comes in and you refresh your data set. This means live data can be cleaned and transformed, and existing static data can be turned into self updating, flowing data sources.

Monitoring Flow data

Easily import and work with Flow monitoring data. This means you can analyse data over time, assess the quality of your data collection process and monitor progress towards your goal (coming soon.)