Peru welcomes the independent evaluation on IFAD's work in the country
More than 150 people participated in the national workshop organized by the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE) and held in Lima
"Evaluation seeds future". With these words, Oscar A. Garcia, IOE Director, closed the national workshop on the evaluation of IFAD's programme in Peru, encouraging participants to keep working for future common projects, based on IOE evaluation's results. The workshop, held on 6 February, brought together more than 150 people representing the government, the private sector, think tanks and civil society organizations. Evaluation results and recommendations were discussed in order to pave the way for the next steps in the joint work among IFAD, the government and other actors in their efforts to reduce rural poverty in the country.
The General Director of Multilateral and Global Affairs of the Foreign Affair Ministry, Antonio García Revilla, pointed out the relevance of the workshop to guarantee that priorities are oriented towards the 2030 Agenda. As IFAD's Associate Vice-President, Paul Winters, explained, "The data presented in IOE's report are very important for IFAD and the government to understand what has been achieved and what we have to work harder on." The Director of the Latin America and Caribbean Division of IFAD, Joaquin Lozano, added, "We fully agree with the report, both in the assessment of the results and its recommendations."
The evaluation in the press
The content of the report was widely picked up by media. In addition, El Peruano published an op-ed signed by Oscar Garcia. Canal 2 and TV Peru held in-depth interviews with Mr Garcia. Five journalists from La República, Radio Programas del Perú and EFE Agency accompanied IFAD and Peruvian government's representatives to its visit to the field. Several reports were published in which first-hand accounts were given by the projects’ main actors: the rural women and men whose lives have improved over the last years.
Information on the independent evaluation
The report evaluates six IFAD-supported projects implemented between 2002 and 2016 in remote and poor areas from the north and south of Peru. The projects reached more than 233,700 rural people, 44,500 more than initially planned The evaluation shows that the reduction in rural poverty has been especially significant in Sierra Norte, where it was reduced by 22 per cent, and in Sierra Sur, where it was reduced by 12 per cent. Among the recommendations are to work more closely with the poorest people and to reach the most marginalized areas.
Technology is changing evaluation worldwide and in Luxembourg as well
The director of the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD, Mr. Oscar A. García, participated in the workshop on technology is changing evaluation worldwide and in Luxembourg as well hosted by the Luxembourg Evaluation and Foresight Association (SOLEP Acronym in French) in Luxembourg on 21 February 2018. The SOLEP event explored the links between quantitative methods, qualitative approaches and new data sources in the evaluation of public policies.
Mr. Garcia shared experiences on the latest innovative approaches to the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in development evaluation and best practices that have emerged from the experiences of development organizations and the private sector across the world. The presentation set out to explore what is possible today, and what the future holds.
The workshop was divided into three parts:
- "Innovative approaches to development evaluation: the use of ICTs", by Mr. Garcia, Director
- "Evaluation of Active Labour Market Policies" by Mrs. Michela Bia, researcher at the Luxembourg Institute for Socio-Economic Research (LISER)
- “Combining Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis – a case study of a 15-year evaluation of cooperation between Luxembourg and El Salvador” by Ms Natacha Gomes, Coordinator, Evaluation and Quality Control, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, and Ms Sandrine Beaujean, Head of the Department of Development Assistance, ARTEMIS.
Peru Country Strategy and Programme Evaluation – National Workshop
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation of the Government of Peru and the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE) - in collaboration with IFAD’s Latin America and the Caribbean Division co-organized a national workshop for the Peru Country Strategy and Programme Evaluation (CSPE), as a final step in the evaluation process.
The workshop took place in Lima on 6 February 2018 in Lima. Around 75 participants attended the workshop, including representatives from the Government of Peru, IFAD Management and staff (including IOE), multilateral and participants bilateral development organizations, project management staff of IFAD-funded projects and programmes covered by the CSPE, academics and research institutions, private sector and foundations, non-governmental organizations, and selected resource persons.
The objectives of Peru CSPE national workshop were to: discuss the findings and recommendations of the Peru CSPE; provide inputs for the preparation of the evaluation's Agreement at Completion Point (ACP); and
discuss the opportunities and challenges of the IFAD-Government of Peru partnership in the future.
The IFAD delegation from Rome undertook a field visit from 7-8 February to observe activities supported by the IFAD-funded project: Strengthening Local Development in the Highlands and High Rainforest Areas Project. The visit offered the IFAD delegation an opportunity to directly hold discussions with beneficiaries and their groups, project staff, state government officials and others, as well as to see project activities on the ground.
The field visit and workshop were widely covered by the Peruvian media.
Cameroon Country Strategy and Programme Evaluation – co-organized Workshop FAO/IFAD/WFP
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural development of the Republic of Cameroon, the Office of Evaluation of FAO (OED), the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE) and the Office of Evaluation of WFP (OEV) held a national workshop for the three Cameroon Country Strategy and Programme Evaluations (CSPEs) conducted by the agencies in the course of 2017, as a final step in the evaluation processes.
The event took place on 1 and 2 February 2018 in Yaoundé, was the first ever national evaluation workshop jointly organised by the three Rome-based agencies (RBAs). The objectives of the main workshop on February 1 were to:
- share the key findings and recommendations of FAO's, IFAD's, WFP's Country Strategy and Programme Evaluations;
- reflect on key issues for the preparation of future country strategies, and collaboration with the RBAs in Cameroon.
The objectives of the half day follow-up event on February 2 were to:
- present and discuss the comparative advantages and complementarities between the three agencies;
- present and discuss examples of RBAs collaboration in Cameroon and in other countries, with their key ingredients for success;
- discuss future opportunities for collaboration between the RBAs in Cameroon.
The workshop was attended by 120 people on February 1 and 75 people on February 2, and entailed the participation of representatives from the Republic of Cameroon, notably the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development H.E. Mr. Henri Eyebe Ayissi, the Minister of Women Empowerment and the Family, H.E. Ms. Marie Therese Abena Ondoa, the Minister Delegate of Agriculture and Rural Development and IFAD Governor H.E. Mrs. Clémentine Ananga Messina as well as FAO, IFAD and WFP management and staff, and representatives of multilateral and bilateral development organizations, academics and research institutions, non-governmental organizations, and selected resource persons.
In the margins of the workshop on February 1, the Government of Cameroon and IFAD signed the CSPE’s Agreement at Completion Point. This important document summarizes the main recommendations of the evaluation and the follow-up actions jointly agreed by the Government and IFAD. The Agreement at Completion Point was signed by H.E. Henri Eyebe Ayissi, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, and H.E. Louis Paul Motaze, Minister of Economy, Planning and Regional Development on behalf of the Government, and by Mr Ides de Willebois, Director of the West and Central Africa Division of IFAD on behalf of IFAD's Programme Management Department.
Both days included a mix of statements and remarks, presentations by the FAO, IFAD and WFP evaluation teams, and discussions in working groups and plenary. Key topics discussed on the first day were coordination between development partners, targeting of the poorest and most vulnerable, gender equity, rural youth, combatting malnutrition and the humanitarian aid – development nexus. The discussions on the second day focussed on opportunities for collaboration between the three Rome-based agencies in Cameroon, stressing the importance of Government leadership in bringing agencies together.
Kingdom of Cambodia Country Strategy and Programme Evaluation - National Workshop
The Ministry of Economy and Finance of the Royal Government of Cambodia and the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD are co-organizing a national workshop on the Country Strategy and Programme Evaluation - in collaboration with IFAD’s Asia and the Pacific Division.
The workshop will take place on 24 January 2018, in Phnom Penh and will bring the participation of representatives from the Government of Cambodia, IFAD staff (including IOE), multilateral and bilateral development organizations, project management staff of IFAD-funded projects and programmes covered by the evaluation, academics and research institutions, private sector and foundations, non-governmental organizations, and selected resource persons.
The main objectives of the workshop are to discuss the main findings, recommendations and issues emerging from the evaluation and to jointly reflect on the way forward for the IFAD-Government partnership.
Understanding global and Local Inequalities: an EU - AFD Initiative
Mr Oscar A. Garcia, IOE Director and Chitra Deshpande, IOE Senior Evaluation Officer attended the confence Understanding global and Local Inequalities: An EU- French Development Agency (Agence française de développement, AFD) Initiative which took place in Paris on 15 January 2018.
The European Commission is funding a Facility for a Research programme on inequalities under Development Cooperation Instrument, which is implemented by AFD.
The conference provided a forum for debates on the trends of global inequality, its impact on local inequalities, the links between inequality and poverty and the policy options in terms of fighting inequality.
Mexico: conference on Evaluation and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
Experts from all around the world met to show how evaluation works and how it changes lives. Guanajuato hosted this conference called "Evaluation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Transforming life through global and regional partnerships, with an emphasis on Latin America and the Caribbean".
Jointly organized by the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS), and regional evaluation networks: the Latin America and the Caribbean (ReLAC) and the Monitoring & Evaluation Network of Latin America and the Caribbean (REDLACME), the event took place from 4th to 8th December 2017 in Guanajuato, Mexico.
The Independent office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE) participated in the Conference presenting its added values and contributions to evaluation.
The conference aimed to promote the exchange of international, regional and local knowledge and experience on the progress and challenges of monitoring, evaluation and systematization of the SDGs.
IOE contribution to the Conference
Mr Óscar A. García, IOE Director, chaired the session entitled“SDG2 and evaluating the sustainability challenge of rural development and agriculture”. He shared analysis and proposals with the Center for Learning on Evaluation and Results for Brazil, United Nations Development Programme, RELAC and World Vision International.
Ms Simona Somma, IOE Evaluation Officer, moderated and delivered a presentation in the session Evaluations to ensure that no one is left behind. She shared the session with the Office of Evaluation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Regional Evaluation Officer of the World Food Programme and the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund. The purpose of this presentation is to share the key findings of selected evaluations by IOE and its overall experience in evaluating the results of IFAD-funded projects in reaching vulnerable groups.
Moreover, Ms Somma also participated in the session hosted by the FAO Office of Evaluation on evaluability of SDG2 – Zero Hunger. She presented the key outcomes of the technical seminar “Enhancing the evaluability of Sustainable Development Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture” (17-18 November 2015, IFAD HQ, Rome) as well as of the international conference “Information and Communication Technologies for Evaluation (ICT4Eval)” (6-7 June 2017, IFAD HQ, Rome). Her speech focused on the role of ICT in progressing towards the assessment of SDG2.
Annual Global Evaluation Meeting
The Office of Evaluation of the World Food Programme (WFP) held its annual Global Evaluation Meeting, as well as a series of additional events during the week of 27 November to 1 December 2017.
The theme of this year’s Global Meeting is ‘Enhancing the Use of Evaluation’. The two-day agenda focused on the value and potential use of evaluation evidence to inform decision-making, gathering user feedback on evaluation needs, and strengthening the WFP evaluation community.
In the session “Communicating Evaluation Insights – Right Information, Right Time, Right Way”, Ms Johanna Pennarz, IOE Lead Evaluation Officer, delivered a presentation on enhancing evaluation use and outreach, and evaluation syntheses and communication at IFAD and shared a series of good practices in communicating evaluation insights, as well as some of the latest tools and technologies for telling stories with data.
Impact Evaluation of Agricultural Support Project in Georgia - Technical Workshop
The Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE) organized a technical workshop on the Georgia Country Strategy and Programme Evaluation and the impact evaluation of the Agricultural Support Project in Georgia.
The technical workshop took place on 6 December 2017, in Tbilisi. Around 40 participants attended the workshop, including representatives from the Government, multilateral and bilateral development organizations, microfinance institutions, civil society organizations (national and international) and think tanks.
The objectives of the technical workshop were to share the methodology underpinning a country strategy and programme evaluation and the observations that emerge therefrom, and, present the methodology employed for measuring attributable evidence from the impact evaluation of the IFAD-funded Agricultural Support Project. A special feature of this workshop was the method labs on counterfactual methods and poverty diagnosis.
Egypt Country Strategy and Programme Evaluation National Workshop
The Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation (MIIC) of the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE) co-organized a national workshop to discuss the main issues emerging from theEgypt Country Strategy and Programme Evaluation (CSPE). The workshop was chaired by Honourable Dr. Sahar Nasr, Minister of Investment and International Cooperation.
The workshop discussed opportunities and challenges of the IFAD-Government of Egypt partnership in the future, while considering the evolving development needs and priorities of the country.
The workshop, held on 26th of November 2017 in Cairo, was well attended and brought together more than 30 participants from ministries, IFAD-supported projects, government agencies, development partners, financial organizations and non-governmental organizations.
In her opening speech the Minister of MIIC emphasized the need for better cooperation between MIIC and other relevant ministries during the implementation of new projects in the future. The address of the Director IOE was then delivered by Mr Kouessi Maximin Kodjo, Lead Evaluation Officer, IOE, on his behalf. After this, the representative of the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation highlighted the need to identify alternatives for improved cooperation between ministries in one hand, and between ministries and partners in the other hand.
The final CSPE findings and recommendations were presented by Ms Johanna Pennarz, Lead Evaluation Officer, IOE. Thereafter the Evaluation Unit of MIIC presented the findings and recommendations of the thematic evaluation of IFAD country strategy and programme. This was a remarkable initiative reflecting MIIC’s desire to enhance national evaluation capacity. It was noted that the findings and recommendations emerging from this evaluation were complementary to those of IOE.
Afterwards, participants formed three groups to discuss the recommended follow-up to these evaluations. The first group focused on the country programme coordination and oversight; the second group discussed options for expanding the available rural finance products and services to better serve the needs of smallholder farmers; the third group explored how the capacities of community organizations could be strengthened in a more effective and sustainable manner given the existing legal framework.
The Director of IFAD's Near East, North Africa and Europe Division–mentioned that the recommendations of the CSPE will be considered during the preparation of the forthcoming IFAD-Egypt country strategy.