Our Projects

  • 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

    Client

    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.

  • 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 – that of 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 within the continent.  The KM system is 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

    Custom Software 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 $409 million dollar loss to farming systems.  FAO responded to the disaster by providing rehabilitation support to all areas of Pakistan’s impacted agriculture sector.  To ensure programme success, 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 successfully helped FAO manage millions of dollars in post earthquake funding support, helping managers to use monitoring data to make programme adjustments and ensure the biggest impact for the dollars spent.

  • Year 2006

    Country Kenya

    Client

    Custom Software PROJECTS

    Emergency Food Security Voucher System

    In Kenya, lack of access to seed, rather than a lack of local availability, is often a major constraint to planting. With this realisation, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) developed a novel 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 had implemented this type of voucher system and the first time that such a system was used in East Africa.  To help support this programme, 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 through voucher redemption.  The approach formed the basis of follow-on voucher programmes that have now evolved into national social safety net mechanisms in Kenya.

  • Year 2006-2007

    Country USA

    Client

    Custom Software PROJECTS

    The State of Global Microinsurance

    When this project was undertaken, the benefits of financial services for the poor were universally acknowledged, however, the benefits of microinsurance (insurance for the poor), which had the potential to significantly aid millions of poor people, had received limited attention.  To better understand the state of microinsurance products and access, Kimetrica implemented a study to capture information to characterize the state of micro-credit globally.  Our team developed a web-based data capture, mapping and reporting tool to help a group of global researchers capture information on the status of microinsurance in over 80 countries.  The project raised awareness about microinsurance and promoted its benefits for the poor through data analysis and reporting. Data collected were organised in an online reporting tool -- the Global Landscape of Microinsurance -- which formed the bases of millions of dollars in microinsurance funding decisions from both the private and public sectors. 

  • 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 that came from it helped to form Oxfam GB's regional pastoral community intervention strategies.