Drought Early Warning System Evaluation
An evaluation of the technology used within the Drought Early Warning System (DEWS) Project in Ethiopia.
In 2007, Oxfam America introduced a community-based early-warning system in the Southern region of Ethiopia that aimed to systematically collect and share data based on community perceptions, in order to better prepare for and mitigate drought emergencies.
In February of 2013, Oxfam piloted a project to digitize the process of gathering and disseminating the early-warning data, using open-source technology. The following evaluation, which was conducted in 2014, focused on the efficiency, effectiveness, and relevance/appropriateness of the KoBo technology we used, and on the procedures we employed around it.