Projects Delivered by DSA During the past five
years, the DSA partners and their associates have undertaken and
successfully completed a large number of projects. The following is a
partial list of the projects delivered:
- USAID: Survey of Fertilizer Marketing in Ethiopia.
This project, which was an attempt to determine the causes of problems
in the fertilizer distribution system in Ethiopia, was delivered in
December 1995. The main objectives of this national survey include
gauging the extent and depth of farmer knowledge of the utility of
fertilizers; determining the level of fertilizer application by crop
type; developing an understanding about and ranking of the factors that
farmers consider while purchasing fertilizers; and developing an
empirically based understanding of the role of pricing in fertilizer
- CRDA:Application of Project Preparaion Principles and
Practices to Small Scale Development Projects. The Christian Relief
and Development Association wished to undertake a short term training
program organized by DSA for the planning and project officers of its
member organizations on project preparation, implementation, monitoring
evaluation. DSA prepaared the necessary training materials and carried
out the actual one-week training.
- CRDA: Evaluatiion of USAID/CRDA Children's Projects in
Ethiopia, 1988 - 1995. USAID provided over 40 small grants to NGOs
in Ethiopia who operated children's programs - relief to children
displaced by war, support of orphanages, support of street children's
programmes, institution building, vocational training and income
generation activities. These projects were supported by USAID through
the ihtermediation of the Christian Relief and Development Association,
a consortium of NGOs operating in Ethiopia. Twenty organizations
participated. DSA was commissioned to do an evaluatiion of these
projects when the various grants came to an end in September, 1995.
- UNCDF:Baseline Study on Woreda Development Fund in
Gondar. The United Nations Capital Development Fund has plans to set
up a Woreda Development Fund in a few woredas in the Northern Gondar
zone of Region 3. DSA carried out an extensive baseline survey for the
- FHI:Handing Over of Alaba Forestry Project to Local
Beneficiaries. Food for the Hungry International was managing the
development of a large forestry project in the Alaba area of Southern
Ethiopia for a period of about ten years. It wanted to hand over the
project local beneficiaries in the most optimal wsay possible. DSA
studied the possible modalities of such a handover from various angles
including the economic, management and legal aspects provided FHI with a
set of recommendations for the handover.
- USAID: Structure of the Ethiopian Grain Market: A Rapid
Appraisal. The Ethiopian grain market was under strict government
control for a period of abouat 15 years prior to the liberalization of
the economy in 1988. During the period of government control, trading
activity by private merchants was heavily discouraged, their property
confiscated, and grain movement between surplus and deficit regions was
strictly controlled. The purpose of the rapid appraisal swas to assess
the impact of the liberalization on the grain market and to determine,
in particular, the main problems of the private traders in the sector
- CRDA: Evaluation of 10 PAC-funded, multicomponent,
community-based rural projects aimed at sustainable and
conservation-based development in five regions of Ethiopia.
- UNECA: Technical paper for the United Nations Economic
Commission for Africa on strengthening institutions to foster sustained
rural transformation Africa, with particular reference to West Africa.
- SOS-Sahel: Coordination of research work for SOS-Sahel
(UK) in southern Ethiopia to improve the bases (data, institutional) for
formulating and implementing participatory rural development programs,
with focus on food security.
- UNDP: Advice to the Ministry of Agriculture of the
Transitional Government of Ethiopia on the preparation of a program for
the UNDP 5th cycle in the aarea of food production, food security and
- AgriMech Ethiopia s.c.: Gambella Cotton Project, a
feasibility study conducted in preparation for the firm's plan to start
large-scale cotton farming in the Gambella region of Ethiopia.
- FAO: Preparation of a multi-disciplinary project aimed at
sustainable farming with emphasis on participatory planning, environment
and program sustainability.
- FAO: Assisted in the formulation of a Comprehensive
Agricultural Development and Food Security Strategy for Zambia with
the aim of developing alternative food security programs.
- UNIDO: Rehabilitation and restructuring of manufacturing
industry with emphasis on the food subsector in selected African
countries including Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Sudan,
Tanzania and Zimbabwe.