Our Projects

  • Year 2008

    Country Angola Botswana Ethiopia Kenya Lesotho Malawi Mozambique Rwanda South Sudan Sri Lanka Sudan Tanzania Uganda Zambia Zimbabwe

    Client

    Research and Evaluation PROJECTS

    Microdata Management Toolkit Training

    The Microdata Management Toolkit developed by the World Bank Data Group for the International Household Survey Network aims to promote the adoption of international standards and best practices for microdata documentation, dissemination and preservation. Kimetrica conducted hands-on microdata management training for the National Bureaus of Statistics in 15 African countries. In Sri Lanka, Kimetrica trained national staff in improved methods for data capture, documentation, data storage and dissemination of microdata and metadata related to national surveys, such as household and expenditure surveys, population census and health surveys. The training included an introduction to the OECD's Microdata Management Toolkit, an easy-to-use system for survey data management.  

  • Year 2008

    Country Ethiopia Kenya Uganda

    Client

    Custom Software PROJECTS

    Contingency Planning and Fund Management

    Since the early 1990s, the World Bank has promoted drought mitigation policies and strategies in East Africa. An important element in this support has been the development of drought preparedness and contingency plans at the national and district levels, complemented in some cases by plans for natural resource management and drought response programmes. In support of these efforts, Kimetrica’s early warning experts and software development team combined to create tools for collaborative disaster management. Consultations with government officials in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda led to the development and piloting of contingency planning and emergency fund management tools, based on Kimetrica's Crisis Toolkit™ web-service application. The toolkit included early warning and response triggers, scenario development and assessment and reporting functions.

  • Year 2008

    Country Burundi DRC Kenya Rwanda South Sudan Tanzania Uganda

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    Custom Software 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 present cassava mosaic disease and emerging cassava brown streak disease pandemics that threaten 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 programmes, 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 Great Lakes Cassava Initiative. To facilitate M&E across multiple countries, Kimetrica's software team established 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 across the project area, the M&E system provided CRS 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 undertake 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 the 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. Simulation tools were developed 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 Programming

    Populations in East Africa 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 FAO’s emergency response efforts often focus on the provision of seeds and tools as mitigating inputs to food insecurity. To help FAO better address and target emergency needs in East Africa, Kimetrica’s food security team developed specialised 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 programme.

  • Year 2007

    Country Ethiopia Kenya Somalia South Sudan Sudan Uganda

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    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 were 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 undertaken by UN organisations. The study was based on consultations with over 30 individuals and organisations and a review of policy and project documentation. Our 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

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    Custom Software PROJECTS

    Farmer Cooperative & Trader Information System

    Catholic Relief Services (CRS) works globally to help increase farmers’ incomes through increased production and expanded market opportunities. Working through farmer groups and cooperatives, CRS provides training support, including extension services and marketing strategies. To enhance the ability of farmer 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 farmer 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 Programme in Northern Turkana District, Kenya

    In 2007, DFID’s development strategy in Kenya included funding support to NGOs, such as Oxfam GB, to support local communities: identifying their drought risk profiles, developing disaster management plans, and implementing mitigation strategies and projects. As part of DFID’s analysis of programme success, Kimetrica conducted an independent evaluation of Oxfam GB's social protection activity in order to inform both programme 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 programme management to enhance the performance and impact of social protection transfers.

  • Year 2007

    Country USA

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    Custom Software 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 estimations of 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. 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 which can have a negative impact on vulnerable households. The study findings provided useful lessons to help FAO better address future emergency interventions. Its recommendations were used to develop follow-on approaches to humanitarian relief programming.