The Project Area Ginde Beret

Since 2011 137,000 people have been benefitting from our work in this area

Project status: ongoing, since 2011


The region of Ginde Beret

In early 2011 we started the work in the Austrian project region Ginde Beret. 137,000 people inhabit this region (which is about half the size of the Austrian state of Vorarlberg) located west of Addis Ababa.

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Surface: 1,200 km²
Population: approx. 137,000 (census 2007 incl. the projection until 2012)
Regional capital: Kachisi (approx. 14,000 inhabitants)
Location: approx. 180 km northwest of Addis Ababa in the West Shewa Zone; between 1,000 (lowland) and 2,600 metres (highland) above sea level.


Traveling the lowlands of Ginde Beret. Steep walls tower all around; there is a 400 metre difference in altitude to the plateau where the hospital, secondary schools and the large market at the main town of Kachisi are located. Impassibility is one reason why development does not reach many villages here: the local population is literally cut off.

In Ginde Beret the majority of the population depends on agriculture. Due to continuing erosion, irregular rains and decreased soil fertility yields generally remain low. The lack of access to clean drinking water and poor medical care create a significant problem. In Ginde Beret, as in the neighbouring region of Abune Ginde Beret, the eye infection trachoma is common.

The main challenges in Ginde Beret at the start of our work in 2011 (extract):

  • 3 of 4 people had no access to clean drinking water
  • Every second child under ten suffered from the eye infection trachoma
  • Only about 2 in 10 households use a wood-saving oven
  • 4 in 10 people had no access to midwifery or curative medical treatment
  • Erosion and deforestation render large areas unusable for agriculture

Based on the principle of “help for self-help”, Menschen für Menschen implements measures together with the local population, which participates in all projects. The level of engagement in Ginde Beret was very high from the outset, which is why a lot was achieved in a relatively short space of time.

Bundle of measures from all areas of life

In each of the following areas combined in the “integrated approach to rural development”, Menschen für Menschen carries out in-depth evaluations, on the basis of which its sets targets within the framework of 3 or 5-year plans:

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Evaluation as of 31/12/2019

Additionally to the measures listed below Menschen für Menschen implemented further measures within the “integrated approach to rural development” as the objective is to develop entire project regions in a sustainable way. For instance building up infrastructure is essential for being able to carry out these measures and for developing remote regions. Therefore 310 km of access roads have been built in Ginde Beret since 2011.


  • 76 nurseries established
  • 16 million distributed tree seedlings
  • 3,139 km laying out of terraces and stone or earth walls
  • 802 ha large-scale reforestation areas
  • 16,739 wood-saving „green“ stoves distributed
  • 705 modern beehives distributed



  • 149 water points (pump wells and tapped springs)
  • 13 water reservoirs for irrigation



  • 13 new schools
  • 26,340 participants in literacy campaign



  • 4,208 eye surgeries (Trichiasis and cataract)
  • 676 members of anti-AIDS-clubs
  • 31 health stations equipped with solar refrigerator (up to 31.12.2017)
  • 79,584 treatments for women who received contraceptives (contraceptive pill, injectable depot contraceptive, contraceptive implants)


Income and human development

  • 1,979 women participated in a commercial course and received a microcredit
  • 6,617 participants in housekeeping training measures (hygiene, health, vegetable farming)
  • 105 participants in handicraft training courses (pottery, weaving, embroidery)

Status of the evaluation unless noted: Dec. 31, 2013

Planned until end 2013 Implemented by end of 2013
60 wells and spring tappings 60 wells and spring tappings installed
Construction of 5 new schools 3 new schools completed
6 are under construction (according to needs-based adapted annual plans)
Literacy courses for 4,000 participants 4,503 women and men took part in
literacy courses
Agricultural training courses for 1,500 Bauern 2,921 participants in agricultural training courses
Increase in the use of energy-saving
ovens: from 17% to 40% of households
9,004 wood-saving ovens were
distributed to increase use to 42% of
350 women will be given the opportunity to participate in the loan program 348 women have passed a commercial course and are in receipt of a small loan
Construction of 45 km of access roads as well as 10 km of all-weather roads 99 km of access roads created in order to link the remote areas with the capital Kachisi
500 km of rock and 30 km of earth walls for soil conservation and combating erosion 956.4 km of terraces, rock and earth walls constructed
General trachoma campaign (2012-2016) Already implemented
Annual treatment and prophylaxis of the eye infection trachoma for at least 80% of the registered population by the end of 2016
2012: 92% achieved
100,292 people registered
92,306 people treated
2013: 96% achieved
99,478 people registered
95,367 people treated
2014: 99% achieved
103,917 people registered
102,402 people treated
2015: 99% achieved
99,478 people registered
101,843 people treated
2016: 99.8% achieved
107,891 people registered
107,650 people achieved

Over and above these specific measures, all activities are implemented within the scope of the “integrated approach to rural development” in order to secure nutrition throughout the region for the long term.

Exemplary progress of two projects for the region after the first project phase:

The construction of 60 wells and spring tappings in Ginde Beret doubled access to clean water. Moreover, almost half of all households now use wood-saving ovens.

Use of wood-saving ovens in the region:

  • 2010: 17%
  • 2013: 42%

Increase in access to clean water in percent:

  • 2010: 27%
  • 2013: 53%

Effect of our measures: Beyond the numbers

Example of the water supply:

The work done in our project regions focuses not only on purely quantitative success but also on how the measures further impact on the region’s population. Taking the water supply as an example, this means that the construction of wells near the villages in the first phase increases access to clean drinking water in the region. Among other things, this has a positive impact on the everyday lives of women, who no longer have to spend so much time fetching water from far-off springs. They can use this time productively by attending a course on home economics, which in turn has a positive effect on the living conditions of the entire family.

Evaluation of the first project phase

An evaluation of our project work in Ginde Beret was carried out by the consultancy organization FAKT on behalf of Menschen für Menschen in October 2013. The evaluation team inspected numerous infrastructure measures, conducted interviews with project leaders and with representatives of the rural district. In addition, a workshop was held with the beneficiaries of the measures in order to verify their efficiency and relevance for the population.

Observations of the following criteria also flowed into the evaluation:

  • Relevance of the activities for the population
  • Effectiveness – in terms of the achievements (output) and direct impacts (outcome)
  • Higher-lever impact in terms of development policy (impact)
  • Efficiency – relationship between financial input and output
  • Sustainability of the activities

In summary, all criteria were rated as high and the organization confirmed as doing good work. A higher-level effect on development policy can already be derived: “For example, food security and nutritional quality have been improved.”

The Washa Catchment is a sub-area of the Ginde Beret project region and has an area of around 70 km² – roughly the size of the city of Salzburg. The implementation of integrated development measures commenced here in 2011. These also include measures aimed at supporting women.

These specific measures have now been examined for their social and economic effectiveness: This so-called Social Return On Investment analysis (SROI analysis) was conducted by the Competence Center for Nonprofit Organizations and Social Entrepreneurship of the Vienna University of Economics and Business.

The result: The sum of the financially evaluated impacts corresponds to around 27 times the value of the financial investments made. That means: Each donated euro that flowed into the women’s program of Menschen für Menschen brings society a Social Return on Investment of EUR 26.60.

The analysis: The goal of the SROI analysis is to record the financial value added and explicitly the social impacts and hence the social value. An important aspect of this involves identifying the key stakeholders, such as the participating women, relatives, day laborers, regional authorities, etc. For each group, the funds used (input) are compared against the achievements (output) and their impacts (outcome). This identified outcome is verified, quantified and finally, where possible and meaningful, assigned a monetary value. The total corresponds to the overall financial value of the achieved social impacts. This overall value is compared with the project investment. This results in the ratio of the “Social Return On Investment”.

Specific objectives which we would like to achieve together with the population were also formulated for the second phase of the project. The plan in Ginde Beret is to implement measures in the various areas by the end of 2018 in order to achieve the following improvements for the people of the region (extract):

  • 10,000 households, i.e. around 60,000 people, will profit from the introduction of vegetable gardens. 3,000 of them are additionally beginning to cultivate various fruits (mango, avocado, papaya).
  • 480 hectares of land are being reforested and 50 km of erosion ditches filled, which will further increase the area of forest.
  • The water supply will be increased from 53% to 80%, i.e. 8 in 10 people have access to clean drinking water ( 2010: 2 in 10).
  • Ten new schools are being built and equipped, and a further five renovated.
  • The vaccination rate among children in the region will be increased from 67% to 90% (according to the Expanded Programme on Immunization of the World Health Organization).
  • 1,850 women and their families will profit from having their own income as a result of participating in the small loan program.

Through your donation, you will be helping to make further success possible in the Ginde Beret project region!