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External Final Evaluation of the Project: Geothermal Exploration Project (GEP)

Monitoring & Evaluation/Quality
Icelandic International Development Agency (ICEIDA)
Donor Organisation: 
Ministry for Foreign Affairs Iceland (MFA ICEIDA) / Nordic Development Fund (NDF)
Project Volume: 
Value of Services: 
Start of project: 
October, 2018
End of project: 
April, 2019



The Geothermal Exploration Project, jointly funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs Iceland (MFA-ICEIDA) and the Nordic Development Fund (NDF), started in 2013 and during 2018 the last remaining activities are under implementation. The project was implemented in collaboration with several partners including UN Environment and the World Bank and included collaboration with the African Union. The total budget of the project was 10 million EUR or approx. 12 million USD, divided between MFA-ICEIDA and NDF.

Project details


The main objective of the Geothermal Exploration Project was to assist countries in the East Africa Rift Valley System (EARS) to increase their knowledge of geothermal potential by conducting reconnaissance and surface exploration studies and to build capacity and expertise in the field of geothermal development and utilisation. The project aimed to assist countries in having:

  1. a realistic assessment of potential geothermal sites,
  2. plans for further action where applicable with drilling targets identified, and
  3. capacity to move forward based on those plans and submit exploration drilling projects into funding pipelines.

The evaluation shall assess the following:

To what extent has the project contributed to increased knowledge of geothermal areas in East Africa and to capacity building to develop geothermal projects in the respective countries?

The evaluation shall consider the context of all project activities implemented but the focus will be on four participating countries; Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Djibouti and collaboration with UN Environment, African Union and Kenya to set-up an African Geothermal Centre of Excellence.

  • Responsible for organising and implementing the evaluation process based on the OECD-DAC evaluation criteria
  • Coordinating the process, contract and logistical management
  • Desk review and documentation analysis
  • Inception missions to Kigali (Rwanda) with participation at the Seventh African Rift Geothermal Conference (ArGeo C7) and Reykjavik (Iceland)
  • (Draft) Inception report including evaluation matrix
  • Consultation with key stakeholders: UN Environment, World Bank, African Union, MFA-ICEIDA, NDF, Participating countries, with focus on Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Djibouti
  • Field visits (14 days) for primary data collection through interviews and focus group discussion with the involved actors
  • Data analysis and development of a comprehensive draft evaluation report
  • Presentation of report for learning at MFA in Reykjavík

The evaluation follows the current OECD-DAC Quality Standards for Development Evaluations, including addressing relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability, as well as the cross-cutting issues of gender and environment, which are Icelandic policy priorities.

The evaluation is structured into three phases:

  1. the preparation phase,
  2.  the implementation phase and
  3.  the closing phase.

During (1) desk review, an inception mission to Rwanda and Iceland, and the preparation of the inception report will take place. (2) comprises a 14-day field mission of each KE to the EARS. (3) includes the elaboration of the final report and feedback meetings with stakeholders. A final presentation is planned at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Iceland.