Nepal Country Strategy and Programme Evaluation – National Workshop

19 Dec 2019

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development of Nepal and the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE) in close collaboration with IFAD's Asia and the Pacific Division, are co-organizing a national workshop for the Country Strategy and Programme Evaluation (CSPE) conducted by IOE in the course of 2019, as a final step in the evaluation process.

The national workshop will take place on 19 December 2019 in Kathmandu, Nepal, and will bring together representatives of the Government, IFAD Senior Management and project management staff of IFAD-funded projects and programmes covered by the CSPE, non-governmental organizations, private sector, and international development organizations.

The main objectives of the national workshop are to:

  • Discuss the main findings, conclusions and recommendations from the CSPE;
  • Provide inputs for the preparation of the evaluation’s Agreement at Completion Point (ACP); and
  • Discuss the opportunities and challenges of the future partnership between IFAD and the government of Nepal, taking into account the country context, as well as IFAD’s corporate context.

An IFAD delegation will undertake a field visit to the former High value agricultural project in hill and mountain areas and the current Agriculture Sector Development Programme, in the Karnali Province, Surkhet District, prior to the workshop.

Seminar on IFAD’s Support to Community-Driven Development

25 Nov 2019

The Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE) is pleased to invite you to a seminar on IFAD’s Support to Community-Driven Development (CDD). The objective of the seminar is to share and discuss the findings of the IOE evaluation synthesis on IFAD’s support to CDD, with the aim of feeding the lessons drawn from completed CDD operations into IFAD’s revamped strategic approach (IFAD 2.0).

The event will be held on Friday 13 December 2019 at IFAD headquarters, from 9.30 to 11.35 a.m. (Central European Time).

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Mr Janmejay Singh, Lead Social Development Specialist for South Asia and former Coordinator for the CDD Community of Practice, World Bank, will provide comments on this evaluation synthesis.

This will be followed by two discussion panels. The first will present lessons learned on how and why CDD will be relevant for IFAD’s future strategy. The second panel will present the ongoing initiatives to strengthen CDD principles as part of IFAD 2.0.

If you wish to attend this event, please RSVP to us providing your information at evaluation@ifad.org.

Fall Meeting of the Evaluation Cooperation Group (ECG) of multilateral development banks

22 Nov 2019

The Annual Fall Meeting of the Evaluation Cooperation Group (ECG) of multilateral development banks will be hosted by the Islamic Development Bank in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on 2-4 December 2019.

The event will be attended by the heads of evaluation and evaluation officers from multilateral development banks members of the ECG, as well as representatives of countries' Ministries.

The Director of the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE), Mr Oscar A. Garcia, will take part in the panel discussion: Global Value Chain - An Effective Approach to Achieving Development Results. He will also chair the thematic session – Evaluation Policies.

Fabrizio Felloni, Deputy Director of IOE, will also take part in the event.

Sierra Leone Country Strategy and Programme Evaluation – National Workshop

07 Nov 2019

The Ministry of Finance of the Government of Sierra Leone and the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE) – in collaboration with IFAD’s West and Central Africa Division (WCA) – co-organized a national workshop for the Sierra Leone Country Strategy and Programme Evaluation (CSPE), as a final step in the evaluation process.

The workshop took place in Freetown on 27 November 2019. The Chief Guest was Denis K. Vandi, Honourable Minister for Agriculture and Forestry. Around 60 participants attended the workshop, including Emmanuel T. Komba, Senior Deputy Financial Secretary, Ministry of Finance; Amara I. Sheriff, Chief Agricultural Officer, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry; Samking Braima, Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Forestry; Robert Chankanda, Deputy Minister for Planning and Economic Developmment; and several other representatives from the Government of Sierra Leone. Among the other participants in the workshop were representatives of IFAD Management and staff (including IOE), multilateral and bilateral development organizations, project management staff of IFAD-funded projects and programmes covered by the CSPE, the private sector, non-governmental organizations and selected resource persons. 

The IFAD delegation included the Deputy Director, IOE, the IFAD Sierra Leone Country Director, the WCA Lead Regional Economist, and the IOE evaluation team.

Mr Hansdeep Khaira, Evaluation Officer, presented the key findings, conclusions and recommendations from the Sierra Leone CSPE. These were then discussed in an extensive round of questions and answers, as well as group discussions on the key thematic areas emerging from the evaluation.

The Sierra Leone CSPE national workshop was an opportunity to obtain inputs for the preparation of the evaluation’s Agreement at Completion Point (ACP), the brief document summarizing the main evaluation recommendations and including follow-up actions that the Government of Sierra Leone and IFAD Management agree to adopt and implement.

Finally, the workshop also explored the opportunities and challenges of the IFAD-Government of Sierra Leone partnership in the future.

The workshop was widely covered by the Sierra Leone media.

2019 ARRI learning event

28 Oct 2019

The Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE)  organized a learning event on the 2019 Annual Report on Results and Impact of IFAD Operations (ARRI). The event was held on Monday, 28 October 2019 from 14:30 to 16:30 (Central Europe Time) in IFAD headquarters in Rome, Italy.

The 2019 ARRI presents a synthesis of IFAD’s performance and highlights results and issues from evaluations conducted in 2018. The objectives of the learning event were to share and further discuss the findings presented in the 2019 ARRI, with a particular emphasis on the 2019 learning theme: relevance of IFAD project interventions.

The event was be opened by Oscar A. Garcia, Director, IOE, and Donal Brown, Associate Vice-President, Programme Management Department of IFAD provided his reflections on the ARRI findings and recommendations.  A panel of IFAD colleagues led a discussion on the question:  how to improve the quality of IFAD operations for “better” results? Panellists included: Margarita Astralaga, Director, Environment, Climate, Gender and Social Inclusion Division; Fabrizio Felloni, Deputy Director, IOE; Sara Mbago-Bhunu, Regional Director, East and Southern Africa Division; and Ashwani Muthoo, Director, Quality Assurance Group.

The event was well-attended by over 70 participants, including IFAD staff, some division directors, representatives of the Executive Board and the Evaluation Committee. Participants also included professors and students of the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, John Cabot University and the European School of Economics Rome.

IOE thanks all the participants for their valuable inputs.

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Book Launch: Information and Communication Technologies for Development Evaluation – New York

24 Oct 2019

The United Nations hosted the launch event of the new book “Information and Communication Technologies for Development Evaluation”. The book gives insights into the implications of new and emerging technologies in development evaluation and particularly the challenges of charting progress towards Agenda 2030.

The book is the latest issue of Routledge Studies in Development Economics, and was edited by Oscar Garcia, Director, IOE, and Prashanth Kotturi, Evaluation Analyst, IOE. It presents important contributions made by a team of expert practitioners as the result of an international conference on this topic that IFAD hosted in 2017.

The event was held on Thursday, 24 October 2019 at the United Nations Headquarters’ Dag Hammarskjöld Library in New York from 15:00 to 16:00 (Eastern Standard Time). It fostered international dialogue and exchange of knowledge through a panel discussion on innovative solutions for evidence-driven development.

Book Launch: Information and Communication Technologies for Development Evaluation – Washington, D.C.

22 Oct 2019

 

The Inter-American Development Bank hosted the launch of the new book “Information and Communication Technologies for Development Evaluation”. The book provides insights into the implications of new and emerging technologies in development evaluation and particularly the challenges of charting progress towards Agenda 2030.

The book is the latest issue of Routledge Studies in Development Economics and was edited by Oscar Garcia, Director, IOE, and Prashanth Kotturi, Evaluation Analyst, IOE. It presents important contributions made by a team of expert practitioners as the result of an international conference on this topic that IFAD hosted in 2017.

The event was held on Tuesday, 22 October 2019 from 11:00-12:30 (Eastern Standard Time) at the Inter-American Development Bank headquarters. It aimed to foster International dialogue and exchange of knowledge through a panel discussion on innovative solutions for evidence-driven development.

The discussion was chaired by Ivory Yong-Protzel, Director of Office of Evaluation and Oversight, Inter-American Development Bank. Panellists included: Geeta Batra, Deputy Director and Chief Evaluation Officer, Global Environment Facility; Jawoo Koo, Senior research fellow and Co-founder of CGIAR Big Data Platform, International Food Policy Research Institute; and Samantha Custer, Director of Policy Analysis, AidData.

Panel Discussion: Evaluation policy for institutional effectiveness

07 Oct 2019

On Monday, 7 October 2019 the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE) organized a panel discussion Evaluation Policy for institutional effectiveness. The purpose of the event was to share the experiences related to the evolution of the evaluation policies and evaluation functions in development organizations.

The panel discussed the experiences of other international financial institutions such as the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) of the World Bank and the UK’s Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI). It explored what works well and what could be improved in IOE’s existing policy as a step ahead in the journey towards a collaborative and consultative process for developing new evaluation policy that addresses the recommendations of the recently conducted Peer Review.

The panellists were: Oscar Garcia, Director of the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD; Alison Evans, Director General and Senior Vice President, Independent Evaluation Group, World Bank Group; Donal Brown, Associate Vice-President, Programme Management Department of IFAD and Paul Winters, Associate Vice-President, Strategy and Knowledge Department.

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Book Launch: Information and Communication Technologies for Development Evaluation

07 Oct 2019

On Monday, 7 October 2019 the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE) hosted the launch of the new book Information and Communication Technologies for Development Evaluation. The book provides insights into the implications of new and emerging technologies in development evaluation and particularly the added challenges of charting progress towards Agenda 2030.

The event was attended by IFAD’s Executive Board representatives, Senior Management, staff from IFAD, FAO and WFP and students and professors from various universities.

The book, published by Routledge under the Routledge Studies in Development Economics series, was edited by Oscar Garcia, Director, IOE and Prashanth Kotturi, Evaluation Analyst, IOE. It presents important contributions made by a team of expert practitioners as the result of an international conference on this topic that IFAD hosted in 2017.

The event started with an opening address by Cornelia Ritcher, Vice-President of IFAD, followed by Oscar  Garcia who provided an overview of the book.

This was followed by a panel discussion on innovative solutions for evidence driven development. The session was chaired by Alison Evans, Director General and senior Vice President of the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank Group. Panel speakers included Marie Gaarder, Director of the Evaluation Office and Global Director for Innovation and Country Engagement, International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, Michael Bamberger, independent consultant and author of UN Global Pulse report on “Integrating Big Data into Monitoring and Evaluation of Development Programmes”, Edward Gallagher, Lead Officer, Change Delivery and Innovation Unit, IFAD and Oscar A. Garcia, Director, IOE.

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2019 IDEAS Global Assembly

02 Oct 2019

The 2019 IDEAS Global Assembly took place in Prague, Czech Republic, from 2 to 4 October 2019 under the auspices of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and in collaboration with the Czech Evaluation Society.

The theme of the 2019 IDEASGA is “Evaluation for Transformative Change” and it addresses the enormous challenge the global community is facing to ensure significant changes for social, economic and environmental sustainability in development, as illustrated in the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda of the UN.

On Thursday 3 October, Mr Oscar Garcia, Director of IOE, delivered a keynote address: “Towards transformative change: evaluation in rural development”.

On the same day, there was a ceremony for a biennial award, which is jointly organized by the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE), the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) of the World Bank Group, and the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS). The award recognizes outstanding evaluations of development interventions that promote or result in transformational change and are linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Mr Garcia, with the support of Mr Prashanth Kotturi, Evaluation Analyst, IOE, also presented the new book "Information and Communication Technologies for Development Evaluation Routledge studies in Development Economics". The book was edited by Mr Garcia and Prashanth Kotturi, and presents important contributions made by a team of expert practitioners as the result of an international conference held in IFAD in 2017 on the topic.

Mr Fabrizio Felloni, Deputy Director, IOE, participated in the panel “Supporting value chain development for transformational change in poverty reduction. The experience of IFAD and the African Development Bank”.

Ms Chitra Deshpande, Senior Evaluator, IOE, took part in the session “Meta-analysis and synthesis” and delivered the following presentation: “How to reach the rural poor and leave no one behind - Lessons from a meta-analysis on poverty targeting”.

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