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IFAD’s approach to scaling-up

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Scaling-up the results of successful development is at the heart of what IFAD does.
IFAD defines scaling-up as “expanding, adapting and supporting successful policies, programmes and knowledge so that they can leverage resources and partners to deliver larger results for a greater number of rural poor in a sustainable way.”

Scaling-up does not mean transforming small projects into larger projects. Instead, IFAD interventions focus on how successful local initiatives will sustainably leverage policy changes, additional resources and learning to bring the results to scale.

A key aspect of this approach is building the capacity of local stakeholders – notably organizations of poor rural women and men – so they can draw in partners and resources, and engage in policy dialogue.

Our partners

IFAD is one of the leading agencies in the cross-sectoral community of practice (CoP) on scaling-up managed by the Brookings Institution and Management Systems International. Within this group, IFAD chairs the working group on agricultural and rural development that shares knowledge through an online platform.

Related publications

Scaling up e-learning

March 2019
Learn about scaling up, its basic concepts and why it is important for organisations like IFAD working in agriculture and rural development.

Scaling up in agriculture and rural development

September 2018
The who, what, where, why and how of Scaling Up.

Occasional paper: IFAD’s experience in scaling up in Asia and the Pacific region - Lessons learned from successful projects and way forward

July 2018

The Asia and the Pacific region includes the world’s fastest growing and most dynamic countries and is a key driver of growth in the world economy.