TARGET Ethiopia VFM Support

Ethiopia

The Project

Client: Montrose International  

Dates: Multi-year, ongoing   

Project Description: General Education Quality Improvement Program for Equity Project (GEQIP-E) aims to assist the Government of Ethiopia in improving internal efficiency, equitable access, and quality of general education in Ethiopia. Starting from March 2018, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) is providing £110 million to GEQIP-E, comprising £90 million in financial aid and £20 million in technical assistance. This financial aid contributes to a multi-donor funded operation aimed at materialising the GEQIP-E through a Programme for Results approach managed by the World Bank. ​​  

​​​The technical assistance element of GEQIP-E is abbreviated to TARGET. TARGET is implemented by a consortium composed of the Education Development Trust, Link Community Development International, and the Ethiopia Center for Disability and Development. TARGET works with the Government of Ethiopia at federal, regional, woreda and school levels to address the systemic challenges facing the education system, in order to improve its overall equity, quality, efficiency, and sustainability.  ​  

Our Role: The FCDO has engaged Montrose International to assess the performance of TARGET at various points throughout its implementation and to provide monitoring and evaluation support. ​LAMP Development is providing Value for Money (VfM) expertise and support to TARGET, including reviewing and strengthening its VfM framework and strategy and conducting VfM reviews as part of the mid-line and endline evaluations. 

​​Team Members: Adesoji Ologun, Jennifer Armitage 

Impact

  • LAMP conducted a review of TARGET’s VfM strategy and the systems set up to implement VfM. 
  • LAMP is supporting TARGET to improve the measurement of VfM. 
  • LAMP is working closely with the evaluation team to integrate an assessment of VfM within the overall design of the endline evaluation. 

Client Testimonial

  • The analysis LAMP made on the case study was very useful for the implementing partners and for users of the report to see the impact of the interventions in monetary and statistical terms. The benefits of both interventions were clearly seen. LAMP were very proactive in data collection and were flexible with regards to challenges in obtaining required data; they were quick to come up with alternative methods to capture data and were able to make use of the limited data available.

    - Crown Agents
  • We worked with LAMP for an evaluation of an adolescent suicide prevention project in Kazakhstan. LAMP were very professional in defining the scope of the cost-effectiveness stream of work, in dealing with the client, and in delivering within a quick time-frame when the data did arrive! We would work with them again. 

    - Health Team Leader, Itad
  • Lamp Development provided expertise to help shape our VFM Approach. They worked in a collaborative style, built a strong working relationship with staff and produced practical outputs which is exactly what we asked for. The outputs have already been used by our Project Managers to improve how we report VfM within on-going projects and words have also been included to increase our VfM scoring within bids. Thanks for all the help!

    - Practice Lead, Governance and State Building, Crown Agents
  • LAMP’s project objectives were achieved, and we received positive feedback from DFID on the final output. The report led to some interesting discussions with DFID and between partners. The number-crunching and the organization of data was excellent. I think we worked very well together. Jennifer and Susie were always prompt and responsive.

    - Senior manager – M&E, KEEP
  • The framework was very well received by the team. The engagement was carried out in a planned, consultative and thorough manner.  LAMP’s communication style, interaction with partners, response timeliness are all excellent.

    - Solar Nigeria Programme (SNP)

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