AVANTI: Advancing Knowledge for Agricultural Impact
11 September 2018
IFAD, together with Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation and Itad, will present the AVANTI initiative and host a discussion around the theme of managing for results in development programmes: exploring the link between decision-making and M&E capacities and systems.
The focus on results and impact of development aid has not always been given. In the past two decades, however, international partnerships and declarations have called for greater accountability and transparency in the impact of development aid shaping the focus on strengthening data through better M&E and results measurement.
In the global efforts towards Agenda 2030 and achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the development community with Governments agreed on 230 indicators to realize the goals.
IFAD HQ, Rome, Italy
Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation and Itad
Without adequate in country M&E capacities and systems in place, achieving and tracking development outcomes is challenging. Recognizing this shortfall, most efforts to date, both from IFAD and from other development partners, have focused on increasing internal capacities of their own institutions and the M&E activities of their projects.
To this end, IFAD has sponsored a global grant in support of countries that are working on improving their M&E systems: the AVANTI (Advancing Knowledge for Agricultural Impact) programme. This grant proposes the adaptation of an existing tool (CAP-Scan) for the rural sector (AG-Scan) to assess in country M&E systems and capacities and identify the shortfalls. Through facilitated self-assessment tools, selected members from governments counterparts will deepen their understanding of the challenges, success factors and open questions existing around M&E. This assessment results in the development of an Action Plan for strengthening rural sector M&E capacities and systems.
The launch event is being organised during IFAD's Executive Board and will provide a unique opportunity to reflect around the theme of improving managing for results' capacities of borrowing countries. We expect to have an engaging discussion with expert panellists from the international community.
About the programme: AVANTI started in early 2018 for a three-year period and proposes the adaptation of an existing tool (CAP-Scan) to the specificities of the rural sector (Ag-Scan) to assess in-country M&E systems and capacities in up to 20 countries across all regions. The Ag-Scan diagnostics will allow government counterparts to implement targeted improvements to their M&E systems allowing them to better manage for results in the rural sector. The uniqueness of the Ag-Scan initiative is its specificity to the rural sector and for agricultural development providing high potential of scaling-up opportunities.
For more information please visit: http://www.avantiagriculture.org/