By Tom Kemboi & Everline Ndenga
November 21, 2018—Acknowledging the importance of partnerships, Conservation International’s Vital Signs Program staff Tom Kemboi and Everline Ndenga met with officials of David & Lucile Packard Foundation, one of our valuable donors, and the World Vision Ethiopia, a key partner in implementation of projects, to discuss results of a recent Needs Assessment study as well as potential projects and funding opportunities.
Packard Foundation’s Agriculture, Livelihoods, and Conservation (ALC) initiative, aims to find new ways to improve farmer livelihoods while also conserving the natural resources. With funds from the Foundation, CI developed the Ethiopia resilience atlas, a cloud-based online platform integrating data from various themes, allowing experts to perform spatial online analysis creating ‘journeys’.
This was aimed at guiding decision makers (governments, communities and developing partners) in making data-driven investments. After the initial training, it was necessary for the foundation and Vital Signs to gauge the perception of end users on data management policies and practices.
A Needs Assessment survey was conducted to establish the general perception about data management policy and practices and their views on the resilience atlas. A number of interesting results emerged, for instance the positive perception of the tool’s relevance, willingness of the institutions to contribute data, the need to make the tool popular and the need for a customized capacity building).
The results were shared with the Foundation and World Vision Ethiopia justifying the need for further popularization of the tools and hands-on training to the various stakeholders.
Potential areas of engagement with World Vision Ethiopia were discussed. In principle, Vital Signs and World Vision Ethiopia agreed on developing a concept on food security and forestry which will build on the just concluded project on ‘Landscape Restoration for Sustainable Livelihood and Rural Development”. The goal is to positively impact on restoration of arid and semi-arid landscapes while enhancing the livelihoods of the smallholder farmers and their families.
Going forward, materials to help popularize the resilience atlas will be developed and shared, a thorough stakeholder mapping will be conducted, and further trainings will be organized.
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