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Impact Analysis of micro credit and irrigation project in Derra, Ethiopia

Which sustainable social impact can be achieved through the granting of micro-credits and improved irrigation methods?

This question concerned the organisation Menschen für Menschen in the framework of the Derra Integrated Rural Development Project (1997-2010). Therefore, the NPO & SE Competence Center of the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (WU Wien) was commissioned to conduct an ex-post impact analysis in the Derra region, Ethiopia.

These projects were then analysed with regard to the following questions:

  •     Irrigation project in the framework of the Agroecology Programme.

  •     Microcredit project within the framework of the Women in Development (WID) programme.

The years 2011-2015 were chosen as the period of analysis. These research questions were addressed in the study:

  •     Which impacts have been sustained by the two selected projects in Derra?

  •     What are the monetised benefits of the core impacts of the two projects?

For the most important stakeholder groups (beneficiaries, families of the beneficiaries and the respective communities), impact chains were created after their identification, which show the invested input, the organisational activity of "Menschen für Menschen" during the intervention, the achieved output and the generated, sustainable impacts of the microcredit and irrigation project.

From these impact chains, the most central impacts were in turn monetised and contrasted with the investments in the project, and subsequently graphs were produced.

The study shows the multiple, sustainable impacts of the irrigation and microcredit project of Menschen für Menschen in Derra.

The results are not released for publication.

Mag.rer.soc.oec. Olivia Rauscher

Olivia Rauscher

Senior Researcher
Responsibilities: Social Impact Measurements focusing on SROI analysis, evaluation, social inequality, poverty reduction, health promotion and prevention
Mag.Dr.rer.soc.oec. Christian Grünhaus

Christian Grünhaus

Academic Director, Senior Researcher (prev. Schober)
Responsibilities: Work and research focus: Evaluation, SROI analyzes, financing, donation behavior, job satisfaction and motivation, care for the elderly, care for the disabled and accessibility