On 3 June 2022, the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE) organized a learning event on IFAD’s support to government performance, which presented and discussed the 2021 evaluation synthesis report entitled "Government performance in IFAD-supported operations (2010-2020)".

The learning event offered an opportunity to share lessons and experiences on government performance in the context of IFAD projects based on the evidence collected from IFAD-funded projects.

The evaluation synthesis noted governments’ positive record of accomplishment and added value. It also highlighted the need for governments to step up their role as a lead, to guide and take ownership of various investments. IFAD has often played its part as trusted partner on the ground supporting government performance.

The event started with an opening address by Indran Naidoo, Director, IOE. This was followed by a presentation on the key findings, lessons and conclusions from the ESR by Johanna Pennarz, Lead Evaluation Officer, IOE. Donal Brown, Associate Vice President, Programme Management Department, IFAD, provided the perspectives of IFAD Management on government performance.

This was followed by two discussion panels, on IFAD’s support on government performance in fragile and conflict situations, and on IFAD’s approach to working in decentralized context. The first discussion panel comprised the following IFAD staff members: Emime Ndihokuwayo, Country Director, West and Central Africa Division (WCA); Candra Samekto, Programme Officer, Asia and the Pacific Division (APR); Bernadette Mukonyora, Country Director, East and Southern Africa Division; and Gianluca Capaldo, Country Director, WCA. The panellists discussing the second topic were Per Tidemand, DEGE, Tanzania; Amath Pathe Sene, Regional Climate and Environment Specialist, Environment, Climate, Gender and Social Inclusion Division, IFAD; Rasha Omar, Country Director, Near East, North Africa and Europe Division, IFAD; and Francisco Pichon, Country Director, APR, IFAD

During the discussion, IFAD’s country programme staff had the opportunity to share context-specific perspectives on government performance, as well as take questions from the public.

Fabrizio Felloni, Deputy Director, IOE, provided closing remarks.

The event was attended by over 108 participants.

The event recording is available here.

Learning event on ESR Government performance - Agenda
ESR Government Performance - Executive Summary
ESR Government performance - Learning note on decentralization
ESR Government performance - Presentation by Johanna Pennarz, Lead Evaluation Officer, IOE

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