Our Projects

Our Projects
  • Year 2008

    Country Burundi DRC Kenya Rwanda South Sudan Tanzania Uganda

    Client

    Information Management PROJECTS

    Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting System; Great Lakes Cassava Initiative

    The Great Lakes Cassava Initiative (GLCI) was implemented to strengthen the capacity of local partners in preparing for and responding to the Cassava Mosaic Disease and emerging Cassava Brown Streak Disease pandemics that threatened food security and incomes of cassava-dependent farm families in six Great Lake countries: Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. The project linked with existing breeding programs, farmer evaluations of new varieties, and integrated crop management options to train 3,000 farmer groups in improved farming techniques to increase crop yields. In support of the project’s monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system, Kimetrica's survey team conducted surveys of over 9,000 households in six countries to establish a monitoring, evaluation and reporting system for the GLCI. To facilitate M&E across multiple countries, Kimetrica's software team created a web-based system, allowing for the fast collection of time-sensitive data at the farmer level. Combined with data collection tools to help track the spread and mitigation of Cassava Mosaic Disease across the project area, the M&E system provided Catholic Relief Services and its partners with a near real-time M&E system for project management and impact measurement.

  • Year 2007

    Country Zambia

    Client

    Research and Evaluation PROJECTS

    Study on the Scaling-up of Cash-Based Social Protection

    CARE International contracted Kimetrica to conduct a study examining existing cash-based social protection projects to inform scaling-up activities in Zambia. The study determined the costs and accuracy of alternative targeting approaches in Zambia and simulated the effects of scaling up cash-based social protection activities on local economies. The work included a realistic cost-benefit estimate of alternative targeting mechanisms under different funding scenarios. It included a survey of 2,000 households to gain insight into patterns of poverty and other criteria for social protection targeting. Kimetrica developed simulation tools to provide decision makers with national and subnational estimates of the total cost, targeting accuracy and efficiency based on different funding and decision scenarios.

  • Year 2007

    Country DRC Kenya South Sudan Tanzania Uganda

    Client

    Research and Evaluation PROJECTS

    Technical Assistance in Agricultural Relief Programing

    East Africans face multiple hazards, such as droughts, floods, conflicts, crop and livestock diseases, and unstable market conditions. These hazards often result in crises which are exacerbated by the region’s characteristically high rates of food insecurity. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) emergency response often focuses on providing seeds and tools to mitigate food insecurity created by man-made and natural disasters. To help FAO better address and target emergency needs in east Africa, Kimetrica’s food security team developed specialized strategies to strengthen agriculture relief activities. Focusing on east and central Africa, the services included developing strategic plans and funding proposals. Strategies for the expansion of cassava and sweet potato production were developed for South Sudan and the Great Lakes Region. In addition, contingency plans were established and integrated in the FAO regional advisors' disaster management program.

  • Year 2007

    Country Ethiopia Kenya Somalia South Sudan Sudan Uganda

    Client

    Research and Evaluation PROJECTS

    Tackling Food Insecurity in Kenya: A Report to the United Nation’s Horn of Africa Initiatives

    The Horn of Africa is one of the most food-insecure regions in the world. In 2007, more than 40 percent of the region’s population was undernourished and, in Eritrea and Somalia, the proportion was as high as 70 percent. As part of the World Food Programme’s contribution to the United Nation’s strategy for addressing food insecurity in the Horn of Africa, Kimetrica conducted an analysis of factors affecting food insecurity in the region, with particular emphasis placed on response mechanisms and processes carried out by UN organisations. The study was based on consultations with over 30 individuals and organizations, and a review of policy and project documentation. Kimetrica's research team provided an analysis of existing practices and capabilities for dealing with food insecurity, focusing on acute or transient food insecurity. The report proposed changes to the UN disaster response system, including methodological reforms to the needs assessment, coordination, funding and implementation processes.

  • Year 2007

    Country Kenya Tanzania Uganda

    Client

    Information Management PROJECTS

    Farmer Cooperative & Trader Information System

    Catholic Relief Services (CRS) works globally to help increase farmers’ incomes through higher production and expanded market opportunities. Working through farmers' groups and cooperatives, CRS provides training support, including extension services and marketing strategies. To enhance the ability of farmers' groups to compete in the marketplace, Kimetrica’s software development team created a web-service application for capturing and managing real-time price and commodity information for farmers and farmers' groups in Africa. The software application included modules for capturing, storing and disseminating information on agricultural prices and volumes to farmers and agricultural cooperatives. The service provided real-time price and produce data, information for reporting at the country and regional levels, a platform for the real-time exchange of information between farmers and traders, and the ability for farmers to access greater markets with their produce.

  • Year 2007

    Country Kenya

    Client

    Research and Evaluation PROJECTS

    External Monitoring and Evaluation: Oxfam GB’s Drought Risk Reduction Program in Northern Turkana District, Kenya

    In 2007, UK's Department for International Development's (DFID) strategy in Kenya included funding support to NGOs, such as Oxfam GB, to support local communities in identifying their drought risk profiles; developing disaster management plans; and implementing mitigation strategies and projects. As part of DFID’s analysis of the program's success, Kimetrica conducted an independent evaluation of Oxfam GB's social protection activity to inform both program management and DFID's country strategy. Kimetrica's evaluation team assessed the program's costs, technical performance, implementation capacity issues, beneficiary satisfaction, and the use of cash transfers by beneficiaries. The study provided recommendations to DFID and Oxfam GB on ways to improve program management to enhance the performance and impact of social protection transfers.

  • Year 2007

    Country USA

    Client

    Information Management PROJECTS

    Early Warning and Population Estimation: Tools for Improved Analysis and Response

    Immediately following the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004, two of Kimetrica’s founders led an initiative to provide rapid population estimates in the impacted areas. Although the work took over two weeks, it was still considered a very rapid analysis. Following this experience, Kimetrica began researching techniques to reduce the time it takes to make small-area population estimates. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded a proof of concept activity, allowing Kimetrica’s software development team to create a web-based application for demographic analysis. This initial tool became Population Explorer (www.populationexplorer.com), which has become a standard for quickly analysing the impact of disasters around the world.

  • 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

    Information Management 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 Pakistan

    Client

    Information Management PROJECTS

    Post Earthquake Monitoring and Evaluation System

    The 2005 Earthquake in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province resulted in a great loss of human life and an estimated USD 409 million loss to farming systems. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) responded to the disaster by providing rehabilitation support to all areas of Pakistan’s impacted agriculture sector. Kimetrica’s monitoring and evaluation (M&E) team developed an integrated, web-based M&E tool for managing Pakistan earthquake rehabilitation projects. The web-service included data-collection instruments and data management and reporting functions. Full training and methodology modules allowed for easy adoption and partner participation. The system helped FAO to successfully manage millions of dollars in post earthquake funding, aiding managers to use monitoring data to make program adjustments and ensure funding dollars were not wasted.