Itad is providing strategic monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and results management services to the UK Department for International Development’s Private Enterprise Programme, Ethiopia (PEPE).
PEPE is a seven year programme which aims to support private sector development by improving firms’ access to finance and addressing market and government failures in identified priority sectors. It is applying a market development (M4P) approach.
The access to finance pillar is expected to increase investment levels in the Ethiopian economy, particularly for growth-oriented small and medium enterprises (SMEs), whilst the priority sectors pillar is expected to increase returns to investment (productivity) and investment levels in textiles, leather and horticulture production. For both pillars, the end goal is to raise employment and household incomes. Particular priority is given to supporting economic opportunity for women, as well as ‘greening’ growth. Under PEPE, DFID is also funding a separate World Bank Programme, the Women’s Enterprise Development Programme (WEDP).
Itad is providing strategic monitoring and evaluation and results management services to PEPE and is advising on how to optimise and track the delivery of value for money. Itad has written an M&E handbook providing guidance on how to design M&E activities according to best practice for assessing women’s economic empowerment; and we work with intervention managers and a programme gender expert to ensure gender is incorporated into programme monitoring, evaluation and learning tools. We are providing a full-time Itad M&E expert, based in Addis Ababa, and a team of short-term value for money and results measurement advisors.Image © Ethiopia_Sifting good beans from bad. Photo credit: Pete-Lewis, DFID