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Baseline Survey: EU Support to the Sustainable Land Management Programme

Monitoring & Evaluation/Quality
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Donor Organisation: 
European Commission (EC)
Project Volume: 
Value of Services: 
Start of project: 
September, 2017
End of project: 
January, 2018


Background: Ethiopia is one of the Sub-Saharan African countries most seriously affected by environmental problems such as land degradation. In order to reduce these impacts, in collaboration with its development partners, the Government of Ethiopia (GoE) has been implementing the Sustainable Land Management Programme (SLMP) since 2008. Through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), the German Government has been supporting the Ethiopian Government’s efforts with the SLMP from the very beginning. GIZ has been active more particularly with the Sustainable Land Management Programme (GIZ-SLM) operating in the country’s highland regions; and also with the Strengthening Drought Resilience Programme (SDR) which focuses on pastoralist lowland areas. In early 2016, the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and the European Union (EU) agreed to launch a new support programme to SLMP under the title "EU Support to the Sustainable Land Management Program in Ethiopia" (EU Support to SLMP). The action is fully harmonised with the GoE’s SLMP results framework, builds on the ongoing SLMP and the aforementioned German Development Cooperation programmes, and is implemented by GIZ and KfW.

Project details


Overall objective: To establish a baseline for "EU Support to SLMP" that will provide information on the status quo in the target areas with regard to the defined indicators. In doing so, the baseline survey will contribute to the verification of assumptions made in the project design, generate a sound foundation of knowledge for planning and implementing "EU Support to SLMP", and establish a benchmark to evaluate its achievements at a later stage (endline).

  • Desk review of relevant project documents, further literature and aerial/satellite images;
  • Delineation and area measurement of already pre-selected project implementation sites (micro watersheds) and appropriate visualisation using GIS;
  • Household survey;
  • Focus group discussions;
  • In-depth interviews with key informants of projects, local administration, NGOs/CBOs, private sector and other stakeholders.

A well-documented methodology including a pre-tested questionnaire and a set of all Participatory Rural Appraisal methods to be used in focus group discussions.

A report containing the main findings of the baseline survey, including:

  • Overview of socio-economic stratification of the target group;
  • Root causes for poverty and land degradation;
  • Potential obstacles for project implementation;
  • Gaps and shortcomings in the current project design;
  • Suggestions for baseline and endline values for project indicators/outcomes.