Learning event on the Corporate-Level Evaluation on IFAD’s Support to Innovations for Inclusive and Sustainable Smallholder Agriculture

08 Oct 2020

The Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE) is pleased to invite you to a learning event on evaluating IFAD’s support to innovations for inclusive and sustainable smallholder agriculture. The event will be held on Thursday, 8 October 2020, from 14.00-16.00 hrs CET via Zoom Webinar.

The learning event aims to share experiences and the main findings of recent evaluations of IFAD’s support to rural innovations, as well as to promote dialogue across the Fund and with external stakeholders on the topic.

The event will include a keynote address by Irene Arias Hofman, CEO, IDB Lab, Inter-American Development Bank, followed by a presentation by IOE on the recently conducted corporate-level evaluation on IFAD’s support to innovations for inclusive and sustainable smallholder agriculture. Andrew Haley, Managing Director at Accenture, will provide insights from the perspective of the private sector.

Register now at https://ifad.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_GgRddXrBSVip-dvDqBwlKQ (institutional email required).

2020 Asian Evaluation Week

11 Sep 2020

Mr Suppiramaniam Nanthikesan, Lead Evaluation Officer of the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE), participated in the 2020 Asian Evaluation Week. The initiative is the leading evaluation knowledge-sharing platform in the Asia and Pacific region, and is jointly sponsored by the Ministry of Finance, People’s Republic of China, through the Asia-Pacific Finance and Development Institute, (AFDI) and the Asian Development Bank’s Independent Evaluation Department (IED).

Mr Nanthikesan co-delivered the joint lead presentation during Session 31: Evaluating for climate change adaptation – the critical challenge of the 21st century and beyond, held on Friday 11 September.

The presentation was delivered with Mr Juha Uitto, Independent Evaluation Office of the Global Environment Facility, and Mr David Slattery, Evaluation Adviser, of the Independent Evaluation Office of the United Nations Development Programme.

"Serving Society with Space Data" virtual series – All SDGs: Monitoring and Evaluation

11 Sep 2020

Hansdeep Khaira, Evaluation Officer of the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE), was a panellist for the webinar entitled “All SDGs: Monitoring and Evaluation” of the “Serving Society with Space Data” virtual series. The series is co-hosted by the Space Enabled Research Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Secure World Foundation. It seeks to bring together experts working in companies, non-profits, academia and government to highlight initiatives and projects undertaken to progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The webinar took place on 16 September 2020.

DOWNLOAD: Presentation by Hansdeep Khaira (IOE) on Combining geo-spatial data with traditional evaluation techniques

2020 Asian Evaluation Week

07 Sep 2020

Mr Suppiramaniam Nanthikesan, Lead Evaluation Officer of the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE), participated in the 2020 Asian Evaluation Week. The initiative is the leading evaluation knowledge-sharing platform in the Asia and Pacific region, and is jointly sponsored by the Ministry of Finance, People’s Republic of China, through the Asia-Pacific Finance and Development Institute, (AFDI) and the Asian Development Bank’s Independent Evaluation Department (IED).

Mr Nanthikesan co-delivered the joint lead presentation during Session 31: Evaluating for climate change adaptation – the critical challenge of the 21st century and beyond, held on Friday 11 September.

The presentation was delivered with Mr Juha Uitto, Independent Evaluation Office of the Global Environment Facility, and Mr David Slattery, Evaluation Adviser, of the Independent Evaluation Office of the United Nations Development Programme.

DOWNLOAD: 2020 AEW PRESENTATION

EvalCrisis podcast: Nanthikesan – Rethinking evaluation

31 Aug 2020

In this episode of the EC DEVCO’s EvalCrisis podcast, Suppiramaniam Nanthikesan, Lead Evaluation Officer of the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD, in conversation with Marco Lorenzoni, Hur Hassnain and Saskia Brand from the European Commission DEVCO/ESS, discusses rethinking evaluation in light of the global Covid-19 crisis. It is argued that we should take a fresh look at upward and downward accountability, as well as the role of local capacity.

The podcast is available at https://bit.ly/32D9dVc

Sudan Country Strategy and Programme Evaluation – Virtual National Workshop

22 Jun 2020

The Government of Sudan and the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE), in collaboration with IFAD’s Near East, North Africa and Europe Division, co-organized a virtual event for the Sudan Country Strategy and Programme Evaluation (CSPE), as a final step in the evaluation process.

The virtual event was held on 22 June 2020 and entailed the participation of several representatives of the Government of Sudan, including project coordinators, and IFAD Management and staff (including IOE).

Mr Abdelgader M. Ahmed Turkawi, Undersecretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources delivered the opening remarks. These were followed by statements from: Mr Adil Farah Idris, Undersecretary, Ministry of Animal Resources; Mr Fabrizio Felloni, Interim Officer-in-Charge, IOE; and Ms Dina Saleh, representing the Director of IFAD’s Near East, North Africa and Europe Division.

Ms Fumiko Nakai, Senior Evaluation Officer, IOE, presented the main findings emerging from the CSPE and recommendations for future activity. After a session for comments and discussion, speeches and statements were given by: Mr Tarek Ahmed, IFAD Country Director for Sudan; Mr Donal Brown, Associate Vice-President, IFAD; His Excellency Abdelwahab Mohamed Elhijazi Mohamed Khair, Ambassador of the Republic of the Sudan to Italy; and Mr Mekki Mirghani Osman, Undersecretary, Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, who delivered the event’s closing remarks.

Co-Creation Workshop of the Global Evaluation Initiative

16 Jun 2020

 

Following the decision made by a broad coalition of governments and national and international organizations to establish a global partnership focused on addressing the worldwide gaps in monitoring and evaluation capacity, a range of countries and organizations met in a virtual Co-Creation Workshop in June.

Mr Fabrizio Felloni, Interim Officer-in-Charge, IOE, participated in the workshop, organized by the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of UNDP and the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) of the World Bank. The workshop focused on building consensus around a joint vision of the global partnership. It also served to discuss concrete steps towards establishing an inclusive partnership to meet the global demand from developing countries for stronger monitoring and evaluation systems and capacity.

 

Please visit the IEO website for more information.

Evaluation HEAD-lines: Remote Approaches to Evaluations in Times of COVID-19

09 Jun 2020

Fabrizio Felloni, Deputy Director and Interim Officer-in-Charge of the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE), and Juha Uitto, Director of the Independent Evaluation Office of the Global Environment Facility discuss Remote Approaches to Evaluations in Times of COVID-19 with the Independent Evaluation Department (IED) of the Asian Development Bank.

This episode of the Evaluation HEAD-lines series focuses on the challenges emerging from the current travel restrictions and subsequently the inability to collect empirical data.

Watch the video: https://bit.ly/2zdrWMr

EvalForward Blogpost: Value chain approaches - reaching the very poor

09 Jun 2020

Fabrizio Felloni, Deputy Director and Interim Officer-in-Charge of IOE, has published a blogpost on Evalforward on “Value chain approaches: reaching the very poor”. 

In the post, Felloni recalls the burgeoning importance of value chains in development today, a topic also explored in IOE’s latest corporate-level evaluation on IFAD’s engagement in pro-poor value chain development (2019)

The author discusses good practices identified in the evaluation on reaching poor and very poor households through value chains, but notes that their effectiveness depends on specific attention at project design and implementation.

 

Read more: https://www.evalforward.org/blog/value-chains

IFAD supports projects that increase agricultural productivity and incomes in Madagascar

04 Jun 2020

Antananarivo, 4 June 2020 Rural development projects financed and supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have helped to reduce rural poverty and increase rural entrepreneurship in Madagascar, according to a new report presented today.

The report, prepared by IFAD’s Independent Office of Evaluation (IOE), reviews the joint work of IFAD and the Government of Madagascar over the past seven years (2013-2019), covering six projects with a total project cost of US$510 million, of which 59 per cent was financed by IFAD. The evaluation report highlights achievements as well as areas for further improvement.

IFAD- supported projects aim to raise the incomes and improve livelihoods, food security and living conditions of the world’s poorest people, who live in rural areas of developing countries. In the years after the 2009-2012 political crisis, IFAD-supported projects helped rural poor by providing them with the abilities and skills to improve their productivity and better capitalize on economic opportunities.

Several projects introduced innovations into Madagascar, leading to positive results. For instance, IFAD was successful in integrating a large number of microenterprises and small businesses into high-value sectors by pairing farmers’ organizations with market operators, which improved farmers’ access to the markets. According to the report, the creation of nearly 400 of these pairs attracted over US$5.4 million in private sector investments.

“We are quite proud of our gains in Madagascar in terms of rural productivity, incomes and entrepreneurship. Linking farmers with market operators was key for improving economic opportunities in rural areas”, said Sara Mbago-Bhunu, Regional Director of IFAD’s East and Southern Africa Division (ESA).

IFAD played a key role in improving access of rural entrepreneurs to productive assets, support services and financial services. The report states that IFAD helped create networks of service providers, and collaboration and support platforms, thus contributing to the development of rural entrepreneurship.

Capacity development and training for young farmers helped them set up and develop their own businesses. “Approximately 70,000 people benefited from training and outreach activities, which are essential for the development of our beneficiaries’ capacities and the dissemination of improved production techniques”, said Fabrizio Felloni, Interim Officer-in-Charge, IOE.

IFAD’s work in the country is not over, however, and he went on to describe some of the areas for future work. “The report shows that there is a need to enhance the efficiency and sustainability of the operations, by better engaging key actors such as microfinance institutions, better defining the geographical reach of operations and further strengthening capacity development and skills,” Felloni said. “Additional efforts are also needed to integrate the most vulnerable into the country strategy and programme. The evaluation recommends to fine tune targeting, providing more subsidies for income-generating activities and credit to help the most vulnerable people participate fully in these activities.”

According to the evaluation report, the management of natural resources and adaptation to climate change impacts needs to become a key objective in IFAD’s next country strategy for Madagascar. IFAD is looking at how it can improve work in this area in order to ensure sustainability and improve the livelihoods of the rural poor.


Press release No.: 25/2020

IFAD has invested in rural people for 40 years, empowering them to reduce poverty, increase food security, improve nutrition and strengthen resilience. Since 1978, we have provided US$21.5 billion in grants and low-interest loans to projects that have reached about 491 million people. IFAD is an international financial institution and a specialized United Nations agency based in Rome – the UN’s food and agriculture hub.

The Independent Office of Evaluation (IOE) conducts evaluations of IFAD-financed policies, strategies and operations to promote accountability and learning. The main purpose is to contribute to improving IFAD's and its partners' performance in reducing rural poverty in recipient countries. IOE's independent evaluations assess the impact of IFAD-funded activities and give an analysis of successes and shortcomings – to tell it the way it is – as well as identify factors affecting performance. Based on the key insights and recommendations drawn from evaluation findings, IOE also shares IFAD’s knowledge and experience in agriculture and rural development with a wider audience.

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