Actual Number of Direct Beneficiaries

Indicator Phrasing

number of people directly supported through livelihoods programming

Indicator Phrasing

INDICATOR PHRASING: number of people directly supported through livelihoods programming

What is its purpose?

The indicator measures the actual number of people who were supported by the project’s livelihoods programming (i.e. the direct beneficiaries). This indicator shows the scale of the provided assistance.

How to Collect and Analyse the Required Data

Determine the indicator’s value by reviewing the following sources:

- Regular project reports (e.g. reports to a donor)

- Monitoring data (e.g. distribution lists, attendance lists, post-distribution surveys)

- Results of KAP surveys


The indicator’s value includes all the people who received some type of livelihoods support from the project (i.e. do not automatically use the originally planned number of direct beneficiaries – use the actual number of people that were supported).

Important Comments

1) Ensure that you avoid double counting – always count the same people only once, irrespective of how many types of livelihoods support they received.


2) Do not include the number of indirect beneficiaries in the calculation – focus only on those who directly received support as a result of the project activities.

This guidance was prepared by Tearfund ©

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