“I am passionate about contributing to solving widespread electricity problems in Ethiopia. This is because I grew up in a community that lacks access to adequate sources of energy and the blackout of electricity significantly affects society… I decided to major in Electrical and electronics to support my community by giving back what I am acquiring at the University of Bristol.”
Ashinaga UK uses a comprehensive Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning system to track the impact of our work. This allows us to further refine it and ensure it is being delivered as cost-effectively as possible. This approach is shared across the other Ashinaga offices working on The Ashinaga Africa Initiative (AAI).
Our system has 24 indicators and 45 targets. The indicators are divided into outputs and outcomes. Output indicators measure the impact of our program on Scholars, while outcome indicators measure the extent and nature of AAI Graduates’ impact on sub-Saharan Africa.
Output level indicators evaluate areas such as Scholars’ leadership development across academic, professional, and personal fields, as well as the support that we are providing. After Scholars’ graduation, we measure outcome level indicators. These focus more on Graduates’ professional careers and evaluate other factors such as their return to the African continent and the social impact they are having.
By measuring outcome indicators, we can assess whether we are achieving our goal of empowering young people to become leaders who tackle problems they identify in sub- Saharan Africa. By measuring output indicators, we can assess whether our work is contributing to the development of sub-Saharan Africa.
We measure the output indicators of our Scholars’ academic achievements:
- We have supported 33 students through foundation courses and undergraduate education in the UK and Ireland.
- 85% of our scholars are enrolled at one of the top 500 universities in the world.
- 36% of Scholars achieved a 1st, 55% a 2:1, and 9% a 2:2 in their 2018-2019 academic year.
- Seven Scholars have received awards for academic excellence.
We also measure the output indicators of our Scholars professional achievements:
- In 2019, nine Scholars undertook internships, with four Scholars finding those internships opportunities independently: a sign that our ethos of empowering people, rather than acting for them, is bearing fruit.
- In 2018, eight Scholars took internships in Africa, two in the UK, one in the US, and five returned to Africa to complete research on their projects for social change.
- In 2017, five Scholars took internships.
In the future, after more Scholars have graduated, we will be able to measure outcome indicators as well.
Two Scholars from Ashinaga UK graduated from their undergraduate courses in 2019 and are now preparing for further studies and then careers in their home countries.
Across all the Ashinaga regional offices, four AAI Graduates are now working in the country where they studied, three are pursuing higher education in their country of undergraduate study, and one has returned to their home country.