Our Projects

  • 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

    Modeling and Simulation 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 2016-2018

    Country Kenya

    Client

    Research and Evaluation PROJECTS

    Impact Evaluation of Livelihoods Support to Refugees

    Kimetrica was contracted by UK's Department for International Development (DFID) to conduct an impact evaluation of its program in Kakuma refugee camp, “Supporting the Protection and Assistance of Refugees in Kenya” (SPARK). The livelihoods component of the initiative focused on promoting durable solutions for refugees and better integration of the refugee and host community economies. Kimetrica's research team used a mixed-methods approach, including quantitative surveys, key informant interviews and focus group discussions with beneficiaries, to address several issues, including beneficiary access to interventions, impact on household incomes, local market impacts, and social cohesion with the host community. The final report provided critical data useful for program fine-tuning and policy development related to refugee interventions in Kenya.

  • Year 2009-2019

    Country USA

    Client

    Custom Software PROJECTS

    Population Explorer: Web-Services for Small Area Population Estimates

    USAID responds to humanitarian needs caused by natural and human-made disasters. When a crisis occurs, estimating the number of people affected is most important. This critical information can drive hundreds of millions of dollars in funding decisions, and yet it is most often derived from national governments' and relief workers' best-guess estimates. Further, while responses to emergency situations need to happen immediately, estimates of impacted populations can take time, even months. To address the need for rapid and reliable small area population estimates, Kimetrica developed Population Explorer (www.populationexplorer.com) for USAID's Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET). The web-based service allows anyone with access to the Internet to estimate human populations anywhere in the world, including age and sex breakdowns. Population Explorer has become a front-line tool in disaster management and response, allowing responders to quickly estimate populations affected by disasters and other crises. Originally funded in 2009 by USAID, Population Explorer has since become a stand-alone product used not only by the humanitarian sector, but by commercial organizations around the globe. Managed by Kimetrica, the tool continues to evolve, based on feedback and needs of its user community. 

  • Year 2016-2017

    Country Namibia

    Client

    Custom Software PROJECTS

    Data Warehouse, Monitoring and Reporting Tools: Namibia Ministry of Environment and Tourism

    In support of the Government of Namibia’s implementation of a national policy to protect biodiversity and mitigate climate change impact through the diversification of community livelihoods, Kimetrica was contracted to develop a web-based compliance monitoring system. The system includes a data warehouse, tools for capturing data on mobile devices, and reporting modules for both management and national level monitoring. It is an open source system, allowing for future customization, easy maintenance, reduced operating costs, and easy access to facilitate use. Optimized for low-bandwidth connections, the web-based application supports both mobile and desktop devices. In addition to the data warehouse, it includes a document archive, based on the open source Mayan electronic document management system tools (EDMS) and data capture modules based on KoboCollect -- an application for primary data collection in humanitarian emergencies. Hosted on a cloud server, the system requires virtually no software maintenance, curbing the need for continued software support.

  • Year 2016-2018

    Country Kenya

    Client

    Research and Evaluation PROJECTS

    Nutritional Improvements through Cash and Health Education (NICHE) Evaluation

    With technical support from UNICEF, the Kitui County Government in Kenya developed the Nutritional Improvements through Cash and Health Education (NICHE) Program, which targeted households with children under two years of age and/or pregnant women. Kimetrica was contracted to investigate the impact of the program on awareness and understanding of practices leading to improved nutritional status, and improved anthropometric indices. The method used was a randomized control trial (RCT) for a period of one year. Up to 1,000 households were assessed at four different times throughout the year. The study assessed whether combining nutrition counselling with cash assistance led households to choose more nutritious foods.

  • 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 2016-2017

    Country Somalia

    Client

    Research and Evaluation PROJECTS

    Evaluation of the Social Mobilisation Network (SM Net)

    Polio is a highly infectious disease caused by a virus that invades the nervous system. Polio outbreaks between 2000 and 2015 affected hundreds in Somalia, with some cases reported in Kenya and Ethiopia. The Social Mobilisation Network (SM Net) was established in 2013 by UNICEF to raise awareness of polio and increase polio vaccination coverage in difficult to reach locations in Somalia. Kimetrica, in partnership with Forcier Consulting, was contracted to conduct an evaluation of SM Net activities, including impacts of polio immunization activities, and local perceptions of trust and community level support. The evaluation also explored SM Net’s ability to deliver on other child survival and development interventions. Using a mixed-methods approach, the team collected primary data through individual interviews and focus group discussions to examine key issues of relevance like efficiency, sustainability, effectiveness, and impact. The team also undertook an extensive analysis of secondary data on vaccination uptake over the duration of the program.

  • Year 2016

    Country Kenya

    Client

    Research and Evaluation PROJECTS

    County Social Protection Coordination, Mapping and Capacity Assessment

    Kimetrica was commissioned by UNICEF Kenya to map Social Protection interventions and assess mechanisms for coordination of the same efforts at county and sub-county levels, identify capacity gaps, etc. This led to the preparation of best practice guidance and standards for the coordination, implementation and financing of social protection programmes by the Government, development partners, private sector and civil society organizations and a capacity building program for counties and sub-counties.

  • Year 2016

    Country Ghana

    Client

    Research and Evaluation PROJECTS

    Child Trafficking Baseline Assessment for the Child Protection Compact Partnership

    Kimetrica conducted a baseline assessment on child trafficking in Ghana -- both forced child labor and child sex trafficking --  before the introduction of the Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnership, a four year initiative between the Government of Ghana and the United States. The assessment was executed over the course of 2015. It included over 90 key informant interviews with government officials and NGO representatives involved in the rescue and rehabilitation of trafficked children in five regions -- Greater Accra, Central, Volta, Eastern and Ashanti. In particular, it focused on the existing infrastructure to combat child trafficking, as well as the availability and use of standard operating procedures, interagency collaboration and the availability and quality of relevant statistics and databases.