Our Projects

  • Year 2007

    Country Ethiopia Kenya Somalia South Sudan Uganda

    Client

    Research and Evaluation PROJECTS

    Impact Evaluation of Relief and Rehabilitation Operations in East Africa

    Following the United Nations' multi-million dollar Horn of Africa relief effort in 2006, Kimetrica's evaluation team undertook a multi-country study to assess the impact of emergency relief on vulnerable pastoral and agro-pastoral households in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda. Conducting over 4,000 household and key informant interviews, Kimetrica analysed emergency response impact in five core areas: agriculture inputs, land tenure, HIV/AIDS support, livestock management and livestock disease control. The study found that relief is often delayed by procurement bottlenecks and logistical constraints that can have a negative impact on vulnerable households. The study's findings provided helped the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization better address future emergency interventions, and Kimetrica's recommendations were used to develop follow-on approaches to humanitarian relief programing.

  • Year 2006

    Country Botswana Kenya Mali

    Client

    Custom Software PROJECTS

    Knowledge Management System: Indigenous Vegetation for the Rehabilitation of Degraded Rangelands in the Arid Zone of Africa

    The Management of Indigenous Vegetation for the Rehabilitation of Degraded Rangelands in the Arid Zone of Africa Project addressed one of the greatest environmental problems of the arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs) of Africa – land degradation. The project’s main goal was to develop a web-based information portal for knowledge management (KM). The project combined community-based indigenous knowledge, the findings of scientific research, and past practical experience to rehabilitate degraded ecosystems and conserve biodiversity within an internet-based information system. The system facilitated an exchange of knowledge and experience and fostered the development of conservation models and best practices, which could be transferred elsewhere on the continent. The KM system was the only comprehensive information system available for researchers, policy makers and project implementers to access information on drylands, and collaborate and share information through forums and discussion boards.

  • Year 2006

    Country Kenya

    Client

    Custom Software PROJECTS

    Emergency Food Security Voucher System

    In Kenya, lack of access to seeds, rather than a lack of local availability, is often a major constraint to planting. Realizing this, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) developed an innovative voucher system to help families obtain seeds. Rather than purchase commercial seed and distribute it to farm families, vouchers were issued that could be redeemed for commercial seed from stockists or for traditional seed from local grain traders. This was the first time that CRS implemented this type of voucher system, and the first time such a system was used in east Africa. To help support this program, Kimetrica developed a software system for cash and food security voucher management. The software included data collection forms to capture beneficiary and retailer information, as well as reporting forms and project management controls to allow CRS to collect information on relief activities at the community level, and run summary reports at the country level. The voucher system provided both CRS and its beneficiaries with a secure means of managing and obtaining seeds. The approach formed the basis of follow-on voucher programs that evolved into national social safety net mechanisms in Kenya.

  • Year 2006

    Country Ethiopia Kenya Tanzania Uganda

    Client

    Custom Software PROJECTS

    East Africa Pastoralist Information System

    To better understand pastoralist livelihood systems and food security issues in east Africa, Kimetrica’s software engineering team developed a web-based information portal, allowing for the documentation of field data collection, discussions, and data analysis. The application was the first web-based information system ever created to capture critical information related to livelihoods and livelihood strategies among vulnerable pastoral communities. The data and the analysis it provided helped to form Oxfam GB's regional pastoral community intervention strategies.