Valid Evaluations (VE) conducted a multi-year thematic evaluation of DFID’s multi-year humanitarian funding (MYHF) approach in Ethiopia from 2014–2018, investigating whether MYHF helps to build resilience, enhance early action and provide greater value for money. In July 2016, following the El Niño-associated drought in Ethiopia, DFID and USAID asked VE to carry out an additional study to understand whether early humanitarian aid and previous resilience funding had helped to avoid losses of lives and assets in the affected populations.
The study’s terms of reference comprised 3 questions:
To what degree did delivering aid early help prevent loss of productive assets, indebtedness and other distress strategies?
How far had investments in building resilience helped people to cope better with crisis?
Was the flexibility of longer-term programmes effective in ensuring the delivery of earlier assistance?
This report is part of ‘Building resilience and responding to crises in fragile and conflict-affected states: A thematic evaluation of DFID’s multi-year approaches to chronic/protracted humanitarian crises in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Sudan and Pakistan’ programme
Levine, S., Kusnierek, A. Sida, L., ODI, London; (2019)Early response and resilience investments: the case of drought in eastern Ethiopia in 2015–16; pp.48
Early response and resilience investments: the case of drought in eastern Ethiopia in 2015–16