Evidence for Development's current partners
FEWS NET III
Since January 2012, Evidence for Development has been working with the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET III), as part of the Chemonics consortium. FEWS NET is the world’s leading provider of food security analysis and early warning (www.fews.net/). Our input includes technical advice, livelihoods research and capacity building. Over the next 5 years we will be supporting FEWS NET and partner staff to: maximise the quality and value of livelihood information collected; develop new analytical tools; and to embed high level skills among local staff and partners. These aims are closely aligned to EfD’s organisational objectives and we welcome the opportunity to work on this wider, global scale.
University of Malawi
Evidence for Development has been working with the University of Malawi, Department of Economics, since 2007. Current activities include:
Department of Economics: Curriculum development and capacity building, introduction of household economy measurement and modelling into the BA and MA economics curriculum; research collaboration; cross disciplinary links with Department of Mathematical Sciences and with nutrition science.
Department of Mathematical Sciences: Supporting Open Source software development skills, including teaching and project management. Successfully launched open-IHM software and currently working on open-HEA software
Centre for Household Economy Studies (CHES): With funding from the Australian government (AusAID) Evidence for Development is supporting a two year programme to establish a Centre for Household Economy Studies at Chancellor College, within the Department of Economics. The Centre has launched its programme of activities, and is running a series of regional training courses that are build skills in income measurement and modelling across the southern Africa region. With this initial support, the Centre should be self-sustaining by 2014
Kings College, University of London
Evidence for Development founders, Celia Petty and John Seaman, are visiting academics at Kings College, University London, Department of Geography. We are working with southern Africa expert Dr Debby Potts and Dr Kate McLean to develop a post-graduate e-learning module ‘Measuring and Modelling Household Incomes and Economies’ and continue to lecture on the Environment and Development MA programme. The e-learning project won a highly competitive King’s College Teaching Fund award which allows us to pilot new methods of piloting course materials, including work with student volunteers, along with innovative ways of delivering course content.
DfID: Climate Change
We are working on an 18 month DfID-funded project, linking information on livelihoods collected from across the SADC (southern Africa) region using HEA methodology, with climate related information. The aim of this work is to take a first step towards providing regional and national policy makers with (i) the tools to understand and manage drought and other short-run climate events and (ii) a policy framework for planning to promote local resilience and adaptation. Central to this work is the availability of appropriate analytic software. This is being developed on an open source platform (‘open-HEA’), by programmers in Malawi and the UK.
University of Wolverhampton, School of Computing and IT
The Open Source software project is supported by experts from the School of Computing and IT at the University of Wolverhampton.
Self Help Africa (SHA)
Evidence for Development has a partnership agreement with SHA to assist this UK/Irish NGO to systematically monitor and evaluate its programmes across Africa. SHA works in seven countries, implementing projects in rural communities that aim to reduce poverty and improve food security.
Evidence for Development has provided a food security assessment module for this USAID funded SMART project. The SMART methodology is an improved survey method designed to assess the severity of humanitarian crises.
3ie International Initiative for Impact Evaluation
Evidence for Development is an associate member of 3ie. We share 3ie’s commitment to "the production and use of evidence from rigorous impact evaluations for policy decisions that improve social and economic development programs in low- and middle-income countries"
Other partners have included:
UK Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the US humanitarian agency, Mercy Corps.
Evidence for Development worked with ODI and Mercy Corps on a three year study, which used the Individual Household Method (IHM) to monitor changes in the economies of internally displaced households (IDPs) in Northern Uganda from 2006-2009.
Hope and Homes for Children (HHC)
Evidence for Development worked with HHC, training project social workers in Rwanda to collect detailed information on household economy, social factors, educational achievmement and health. This information is being used to select income-generating activities and other assistance that fits best with individual housdehold capacities and circumstances. Progress is being monitored on a continuing basis.