Development agencies are faced with the challenge of measuring and reporting the results of their contributions to promote equitable and sustainable development. Part of this is that agencies forecast ambitious development goals and then commit themselves to measuring what they could not have achieved by the end of their programmes or projects. The present article uses the Ethiopian government’s fertiliser extension programme as an example of defining the context, scope, and timeframes for result-measurement exercises. The Ethiopian experience suggests that it is possible to develop context-specific methods that allow the measurement of practical and measurable results.
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