United Nations agency to present results of poverty reduction programme in the Philippines

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United Nations agency to present results of poverty reduction programme in the Philippines

Manila, 10 November 2016 – Media are invited to attend a national workshop where conclusions from an independent evaluation of the IFAD-supported country strategy and programme in the Philippines will be presented. IFAD’s Independent Office of Evaluation conducted this evaluation, which includes seven rural development projects implemented between 2003 and 2015 for a total lending amount of US$154 million.

Following the presentation of evaluation conclusions and recommendations, discussions will focus on the challenges and opportunities in reducing rural poverty in the country and lay the groundwork for the future partnership between IFAD and the Philippines.

Issues to be reviewed include: defining the poverty reduction target group and targeting approach, ways to strengthen and empower poor rural people’s organizations, improving land tenure security, and boosting effective project monitoring and evaluation that will inform policy discussion.

Since 1978, IFAD has provided $241.9 million in loans and $1.8 million in grants to finance 15 projects in the country for a total project cost of $771.5 million. IFAD's support has included projects in Cordillera and Mindanao and projects with sectoral focus such as microenterprise development, microfinance and natural resource management. The target group has the poorest segments of the rural population including upland farmers, indigenous peoples, agrarian reform beneficiaries and fisher folks.

Participants will include representatives of the Philippine's national and local government, representatives of bilateral and multilateral aid institutions, non-governmental and civil society organizations and selected resource persons.

WHAT: National workshop

Country Strategy and Programme Evaluation of IFAD-supported operations in the Philippines
Co-organized by the National Economic and Development Authority and IFAD’s Independent Office of Evaluation

WHEN: Wednesday, 16 November 2016, 8.45 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, Manila

Note to editors:

The following members of the IFAD delegation will be available for interviews:

Périn Saint Ange: Associate Vice-President, Programme Management Department

Hoonae Kim: Director, IFAD's Asia and the Pacific Division

Fabrizio Felloni: Deputy Director, Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE)

Fumiko Nakai: IOE Senior Evaluation Officer and evaluator responsible for the Philippines Country Strategy and Programme Evaluation

Media alert No: IFAD/06/2016

IFAD invests in rural people, empowering them to reduce poverty, increase food security, improve nutrition and strengthen resilience. Since 1978, we have provided US$18 billion in grants and low-interest loans to projects that have reached about 462 million people. IFAD is an international financial institution and a specialized United Nations agency based in Rome – the UN’s food and agriculture hub.

About the Independent Office of Evaluation (IOE): 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 communicates and shares IFAD’s knowledge and experience in agriculture and rural development with a wider audience.