Our Projects

  • Year 2019-2026

    Country Afghanistan Angola Burkina Faso Burundi Cameroon Central African Republic Chad Djibouti DRC El Salvador Ethiopia Guatamala Haiti Honduras Kenya Lesotho Liberia Madagascar Malawi Mali Mauritania Mozambique Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Rwanda Senegal Sierra Leonne Somalia South Sudan Sudan Tajikistan Tanzania Uganda USA Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe

    Client

    Research and Evaluation PROJECTS

    Custom Software PROJECTS

    USAID’s FEWS NET 7 Pillar 2: Management of a FEWS NET Learning and Data Hub

    USAID’s Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS NET) project is the agency’s longest running activity. Created in 1985 by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the US Department of State after devastating famines in East and West Africa, FEWS NET provides near real-time analysis on famine threats in more than 38 highly vulnerable countries around the world. 

    The FEWS NET Learning and Data Hub (“the Hub”) provides a mission-critical, web-based Information Management System (IMS) to enhance the ability of analysts to provide evidence-based decision-making about humanitarian assistance. Five principles underpin Kimetrica’s approach to the management of the FEWS NET Data Hub:

    1. Client-Driven. The Hub is a service provider to FEWS NET’s data analysis team and consumers of the project’s information. The Hub ensures that all information and knowledge products are designed to meet specific user needs. This is accomplished through continuous dialogue with USAID other FEWS NET partners and a wide range of consumers of FEWS products and information.

    2. Foster a Community of Practice. The Hub provides a platform and tools to ensure that all FEWS NET Team members, including those within USAID, other government agencies, and implementing partners, work within a framework of shared objectives, practices and tools. 

    3. Scalable Solutions. The success of the overall FEWS NET activity depends on the Hub’s ability to provide solutions that are scalable to new countries, new user groups, and new issues, and are appropriate to the realities of developing countries, such as limited internet. Kimetrica’s team strikes the right balance between offline and online tools for data capture, analysis, tabulation and graphics.

    4. Agile Management. The Hub employes an agile approach to project management, which is designed to address the management and technical challenges of FEWS NET’s global operations. This approach ensures that our technical assistance provides well-targeted support and fast delivery of key products to the FEWS NET Team. 

    5. Harmonized Communications. The Hub ensures that the FEWS NET project, which includes several government agencies and companies, speaks with one unified voice, reflecting FEWS NET’s core messages. 

    Through our management of the FEWS NET Data Hub, Kimetrica is helping USAID to sustainably prevent food insecurity and famine by providing timely, relevant, and evidence-based analysis on the causes, levels, and consequences of food insecurity. In turn, the analysis drives decision-making at international, national, and local levels.

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    "[Kimetrica's] work with the Famine Early Warning Systems Network is truly inspiring. Because of [Kimetrica's] devotion to this topic, USAID is more effectively able to identify food insecurity throughout the world and save lives."

     

    ~ The Honorable Mr. Joe Neguse, US Congressman, 2nd District of Colorado

  • Year 2019

    Country Ethiopia

    Client

    Research and Evaluation PROJECTS

    Technical Assistance to Strengthen the Early Warning System for Food Insecurity in Ethiopia and its Links to a Scalable Rural Productive Safety Net Program (RPSNP)

    Ethiopia is highly prone to climate and weather induced hazards, including droughts. These droughts can lead to failed harvests and reduction in livestock, water shortages and, ultimately, periods of food insecurity and reduced resilience of individuals and households to further shocks. In response, Ethiopia has mature mechanisms in place to manage food insecurity and famine prevention.  However, there is a need for more timely and reliable analysis to help trigger funding decisions. In collaboration with the World Bank, the Government of Ethiopia, and other partners, Kimetrica is carrying out a consultancy to strengthen the food security early warning system, which will bolster the Government’s early warning system to better predict, mitigate, and ultimately reduce the impact of climate and weather induced disasters in Ethiopia.

  • Year 2018

    Country Ethiopia

    Client

    Large-Scale Surveys PROJECTS

    Building Self-Reliance for Refugees and Host Communities: Baseline Study

    Building Self-Reliance for Refugees and Host Communities by Improved Sustainable Basic Social Service Delivery Program (BSRP) is a UNICEF Ethiopia-led effort to improve service delivery in health, nutrition, WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene), education and child protection. In 2018, Kimetrica carried out a baseline study for BSRP in one camp and the surrounding host community in each refugee-hosting region of Ethiopia -- Berhale (Afar), Tongo (Benishangul Gumuz), Pugnido I (Gambella), Kebrebeyah (Somali) and Adi-Harush (Tigray). The baseline study entailed a quantitative survey of 3,000 households; in-depth interviews with providers at 70 service facilities; key informant interviews with 75 implementers, experts and programme staff; and 40 focus group discussions with community members. UNICEF is using Kimetrica's findings to work externally with local providers and partners, and internally, within UNICEF, to maximize BSRP's effectiveness and efficiency.

  • Year 2018

    Country Ethiopia

    Client

    Large-Scale Surveys PROJECTS

    USAID's Livelihoods for Resilience (L4R) Activity: Baseline Data Collection

    USAID's Livelihoods for Resilience (L4R) in Ethiopia focuses on four priority areas that support and enhance livelihood opportunities for chronically food insecure households in targeted regions and woredas (administrative divisions): 1) on-farm income generating activities (IGAs) and crop and livestock market systems; 2) off-farm IGAs and non-farm enterprise development; 3) non-farm labor and wage employment; 4) collaborative learning for scaling up and sustaining gains made in the three livelihood pathways (i.e., on-farm, off-farm, employment). To assess the L4R activities' progress and effectiveness, Kimetrica, in collaboration with its partners, Save the Children and TANGO International, implemented a baseline study. The baseline study, conducted in 2018, included two quantitative components -- a household survey of 3,520 households and a community survey; and two qualitative components -- 32 focus group discussions (FGDs) and a range of in-depth interviews (IDIs)). The 3,520 households surveyed were scattered across 128 randomly-selected clusters (i.e. 16 treatment and 16 control, from each of the 4 regions). Questionnaires were digitized using the Census and Survey Processing System (CSPro) and data was collected electronically using Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI), ensuring a daily flow of data and, in turn, timely feedback to the data collection team on suspicious and outlier values. Voice recordings were used for qualitative data collection. The baseline study results were used to monitor and assess the progress and effectiveness of L4R activities during implementation, and later to be used for comparison with endline results.

     

  • Year 2014-2019

    Country Ethiopia Kenya Somalia South Sudan

    Client

    Research and Evaluation PROJECTS

    Food Security and Humanitarian Monitoring

    Kimetrica conducts food security monitoring in some of the world’s most vulnerable locations. Working in highly insecure environments, Kimetrica’s field based researchers and data collection teams gather primary data from panel surveys of households, markets and health centers. Using tablets and satellite telephones, Kimetrica's staff provide decision makers with near real time information on humanitarian conditions, food availability and population movements.  Kimetrica's cutting edge methodological approach in collecting detailed information allows decision makers to better understand humanitarian conditions and design programs to best respond to immediate needs.  

  • Year 2011-2019

    Country Angola Burkina Faso Burundi DRC Ethiopia Kenya Lesotho Malawi Mali Mauritania Mozambique Niger Nigeria Rwanda Senegal Sierra Leonne Somalia South Sudan Sudan Tanzania Uganda Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe

    Client

    Research and Evaluation PROJECTS

    Custom Software PROJECTS

    FEWS NET Technical Support Contract

    The USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) -- reporting on conditions in 36 countries from 22 field offices around the world -- traditionally relied on its own personnel based in food insecure countries and official in-country partners, to collect and assess information and data needed to identify and monitor levels of food security in vulnerable populations. The data collection method depends on proximity to, or direct contact with, the hungry populations from whom the information and data are gleaned. The scope and the amount of data that FEWS NET can theoretically collect is therefore constrained by the resources available from its FEWS NET Implementation Team (FIT) members (USAID, NASA, NOAA, USDA, USGS, and a private-sector contractor) and other official and unofficial partners.

    FEWS NET TSC assisted USAID’s FEWS NET in identifying and implementing new technologies to enhance team collaboration and to broaden data collection, analysis and dissemination methods. The project supported the FIT to enhance intra-team early warning collaboration, analysis, and dissemination capabilities, and to expand across the board capacity to gather new and greater quantities of food security information and data through the application and use of new early warning information technologies.
     

  • Year 2017

    Country Ethiopia

    Client

    Large-Scale Surveys PROJECTS

    USAID Food For Peace Ethiopia: Baseline Survey

    For USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (FFP), Kimetrica carried out a baseline survey of 8,460 households in three regions of Ethiopia: Oromia, Amhara, and Tigray. The survey, one of the largest ever implemented by USAID in Ethiopia, had a very short execution period, which required rapid mobilization of hundreds of field staff. Kimetrica’s research team managed all aspects of the field work, including training and managing over 300 enumerators who conducted household interviews and took anthropometric measurements of children aged 5 and under. A comprehensive listing (village census) of over 282 kebeles (wards) was undertaken, including GIS mapping of household locations. The listing data formed the basis for a three-stage cluster sample to ensure survey results represented the target populations. Data was collected using tablet computers and Census and Survey Processing System (CSPro) software. Survey results provided FFP with situational analysis prior to the implementation of food and non-food aid. Follow-up surveys of the same households provided results and impact information critical to the successful management of FFP’s multi-million dollar support efforts.

  • Year 2012-2017

    Country Ethiopia

    Client

    Research and Evaluation PROJECTS

    Custom Software PROJECTS

    Pastoralists Areas Resilience Improvement and Market Expansion (PRIME)

    PRIME’s overall goal was to reduce hunger and poverty among Ethiopia’s pastoral communities by increasing household incomes and enhancing resilience to climate change through links to thhe market. Project implementation was based on the interaction between climate change, pastoralism, livestock and chronic vulnerability. Working at different levels and through different approaches, PRIME fostered the growth of livestock value chains, providing value chain support to the chronically food insecure and improving the policy environment through learning and collaboration with the Government of Ethiopia and non-governmental counterparts. Kimetrica managed PRIME’s monitoring, and evaluation and knowledge management systems, through its advanced, web-based M&E software, ki-projectsTM, and through the use of tablets for field data collection. In addition, Kimetrica provided research support that ranged from examining the impact of livestock disease on income and land use management, to analysing the costs and benefits of different program interventions. Improved analytical methods for beneficiary targeting and innovative methods to solicit beneficiary feedback helped the project achieve better results.

  • Year 2011-2015

    Country Ethiopia

    Client

    Research and Evaluation PROJECTS

    Large-Scale Surveys PROJECTS

    Agriculture Growth Program-Agribusiness and Market Development: Baseline Survey

    The Agricultural Growth Program (AGP) was a collaborative initiative of the Government of Ethiopia, the World Bank, and multiple international donors, including the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The AGP promoted economic growth in four high-rainfall regions of Ethiopia with strong agricultural potential -- Oromia; Amhara; Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Region (SNNPR); and Tigray. The AGP-Agribusiness and Market Development (AGP-AMDe) project was one of the three pillars of the AGP and focused specifically on making agriculture profitable. Its goal was to sustainably reduce poverty and hunger by improving productivity and competitiveness of value chains that offered job and income opportunities to rural households. Kimetrica developed the project’s monitoring and evaluation framework for the initiative. This included aligning the project’s performance management plan with results indicators and customising Kimetrica’s commercial Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) software, ki-projects™, to manage all aspects of the project’s performance monitoring requirements. In addition, Kimetrica carried out a 2,000-household baseline survey. Its data laid the groundwork for the monitoring of and reporting on the project's results.  

  • Year 2012-2013

    Country Ethiopia

    Client

    Research and Evaluation PROJECTS

    Livelihoods Integration Unit-Enhancing Livelihoods Application (LIU-ELA) Project

    The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Ethiopia Mission has supported the Government of Ethiopia’s (GOE) efforts and capacity to better anticipate and respond to disasters for more than a decade. The Ethiopia Livelihoods Integration Unit-Enhancing Livelihood Application (LIU-ELA) project extended early work undertaken by USAID and the GOE in livelihood zone profiling by expanding the utility and use of livelihoods data and tools. The project promoted practical applications of livelihoods information by building the capacity of GOE and partner organisations and by helping to expand the use of livelihoods information for emergency and development planning through integrated tools and decision-support methods. Kimetrica’s team of food security and livelihood specialists, early warning experts, trainers, and software developers built easy-to-use tools that integrated livelihood zone baseline data with other data sources to allow users to both explore links between layers of information and, at the same time, inform emergency and development decision-making.