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Research Series Issue 13 - Graduation models for rural financial inclusion

mayo 2017
Graduation out of chronic poverty has recently been receiving considerable attention by the global development community for its potential synergies with social protection, microfinance and livelihoods development approaches to poverty reduction. This paper examines the evidence regarding the effectiveness of graduation strategies in reducing extreme poverty, with a focus on rural households, and proposes a new analytical framework to support future work on graduation as a learning and adaptation process in development practice.

Research Series Issue 12 - An evidence-based assessment of IFAD’s end-of-project reporting

mayo 2017
Project Completion Reports (PCRs) are a critical tool for development organizations, both for accountability purposes, and as a means of learning from project experience to inform the design of future operations. This paper analyses a sample of PCRs from IFAD to assess the extent to which evidence is used to determine a project's effectiveness in bringing about development. The report finds that most claims on results are not supported by evidence, and discusses implications for the objective measurement of development effectiveness.

The JP RWEE pathway to women’s empowerment

abril 2017
Gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls is a pre-condition for the eradication of poverty and essential to achieve progress across all goals and targets set by the Sustainable Development Agenda. The JP RWEE facilitates transformation through rural women’s leadership, making gender equality and women’s empowerment a reality. Support to women's economic empowerment allows for increased influence, education and information for women to decide the use of their income, savings and loans, and the ability to make decisions about their life.

IFAD’s approach to policy engagement

abril 2017
Typically, IFAD’s approach to policy engagement is one of facilitating, supporting and informing nationally-owned policy processes, so as to enable governments and other national stakeholders to determine themselves the policy change required.

Grant Results Sheet RAIN Foundation Rainwater for food security, setting an enabling environment

abril 2017
Rainwater harvesting (RWH) is often overlooked as a source of water supply. Yet it holds great potential to address the ever-increasing shortages of water globally. The huge potential of RWH for multiple-use services, such as food production, soil and water conservation and water, sanitation and hygiene, has not been adequately recognized, and certainly not implemented, as a solution for water problems on a wider and larger scale. RWH initiatives are still too scattered and the lessons and results not shared. Policies, legal regulations and government budgets often do not include RWH in integrated water resource management and poverty reduction strategies.

Un decenio de asociación del FIDA con los pueblos indígenas

abril 2017
Un decenio de asociación del FIDA con los pueblos indígenas En los últimos diez años ha aumentado considerablemente el reconocimiento formal de los derechos de los pueblos indígenas, reconocimiento que se inicia en 2007 con la aprobación por la Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas de la Declaración de las Naciones Unidas sobre los Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas. Con más de 30 años de experiencia en la colaboración con pueblos indígenas, el FIDA empodera a las comunidades para que participen plenamente en la definición de estrategias en favor de su desarrollo y para que persigan sus propios objetivos y aspiraciones. A lo largo del último decenio, el FIDA ha apoyado a los pueblos indígenas para que tomen el control de sus propias iniciativas de desarrollo. La presente publicación trata la actuación del FIDA en relación con los pueblos indígenas a través de las voces y los puntos de vistas de quienes han colaborado en este proceso de cambio. En consonancia con el enfoque de la Agenda 2030 para el Desarrollo Sostenible, con la que se pretende asegurar que nadie se quede atrás, en el Marco Estratégico del FIDA (2016-2025) se reafirma el compromiso del Fondo con el desarrollo autónomo de los pueblos indígenas. Las citas e imágenes que aquí se presentan proceden de la tercera reunión mundial del Foro de los Pueblos Indígenas en el FIDA, que tuvo lugar del 10 al 13 de febrero de 2017.

ASAP Mozambique factsheet

marzo 2017
A recent study by the National Institute for Disaster Management (INGC)1 of Mozambique suggests that within ten years the impact of climate change will be increasingly felt within the Limpopo Corridor. The soil moisture content before the onset of the rains is set to decrease and higher temperatures and droughts are expected to increase in the southern region. The goal of PROSUL is to improve the livelihoods and climate resilience of smallholder farmers in selected districts of the Maputo and Limpopo Corridors.

Grant Result Sheet ICRAF - Strengthening rural institutions

marzo 2017
The programme, referred to as the Strengthening Rural Institutions (SRI) project, was implemented by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) Eastern and Southern Africa Region from 2011 to 2014. The project aimed to bring about a sustainable rural transformation process by strengthening the “institutional infrastructure” for integrated natural resource management, food security and poverty alleviation in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The project’s main goal was to support grassroots organizations to meaningfully participate in governance processes where their livelihoods and well-being, and the environment, are at stake, with an emphasis on enabling poor rural households to aggregate, mobilize and access rural services.

Grant Results Sheet UNESCO - Spate irrigation for rural economic growth and poverty alleviation

marzo 2017
The goal of this programme was to develop spate irrigation policies and programmes, based on action research and documented practical experiences, that contribute to rural poverty alleviation and accelerated economic growth in marginal areas in Ethiopia, Pakistan, Sudan and Yemen. Specific objectives: 1. Strengthen networks in the four countries. 2. Prepare country policy notes. 3. Implement two innovative action research activities per country that can be scaled up. 4. Further develop knowledge, including in local languages, and open-source knowledge-sharing. 5. Train four international MSc students. 6. Incorporate spate irrigation into programmes of universities and agricultural colleges in the four target countries. 7. Create a global inventory of spate irrigation and flood-based farming systems. 8. Provide technical backstopping to IFAD projects and country programmes.

Research Series Issue 11 - Food safety, trade, standards and the integration of smallholders into value chains

marzo 2017
This paper analyses how food safety challenges and requirements affect smallholder farmers' access to markets. High food safety standards in destination countries force governments of developing countries to make strategic choices about establishing domestic standards and upgrading the infrastructure and knowledge base of smallholder farmers. The paper suggests mechanisms that can be used to respond to these challenges, to enable smallholder inclusion in different markets.

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