The three and half years’ project “Ethiopia Livelihood Plus” was designed to facilitate access to livelihood services for vulnerable households. It aimed to provide livelihood support to highly vulnerable households and young people, including poor households caring for orphans in the Amhara region. It covered Bati, Lasta, Sekela, Sekota, and West Belessa Woredas reaching to 2,500 households with livelihood strengthening services, which included basic business skills, strengthening skills for formation, leadership, and management of community loan and savings and credit groups, life skills and child protection.

Due to lack of the baseline study, the end of the project evaluation used a counterfactual evaluation approach to answer the study objectives in the five Woredas, which was carried out in consultation with Amhara BoWCA and UNICEF. The overall design was guided by a participatory and consultative approach that took into account the various stakeholders involved in the project including, implementing partners, government sectors engaged in the ELP project at regional, zonal, district level, project beneficiaries, non-beneficiaries’ households, and the wider community at large.

Both quantitative and qualitative data collected from primary and secondary sources. In the former case, a total of 660 (half beneficiaries and half non-beneficiaries) covering 15 Kebeles (three per Woreda) were surveyed. A total of 34 focus group discussions were held with members of women association, members of CCCs, youth project beneficiaries, and highly vulnerable groups as well as 19 key individuals including, regional technical project coordinator of UNICEF, community care coalition, para social workers, Woreda office of women, youth and children, focal person of the project, and locally deployed NGOs.