Sudan Country Strategy and Programme Evaluation – Virtual National Workshop

22 juin 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.

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

09 juin 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 juin 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

Madagascar : le FIDA au soutien de projets améliorant la productivité et les revenus agricoles

04 juin 2020

Antananarivo, 4 juin 2020 – Selon un nouveau rapport présenté aujourd’hui, les projets de développement rural financés et appuyés par le Fonds international de développement agricole (FIDA) à Madagascar ont contribué à la réduction de la pauvreté rurale et au renforcement de l’entrepreneuriat rural dans le pays.

Ce rapport d’évaluation, préparé par le Bureau indépendant de l’évaluation du FIDA (IOE), passe en revue le travail mené conjointement ces sept dernières années (2013-2019) par le FIDA et le gouvernement de Madagascar dans le cadre de six projets d’un coût total de 510 millions de dollars US, dont 59 % financés par le Fonds. Il met en lumière les réalisations ainsi que les domaines méritant des efforts supplémentaires.

Les projets appuyés par le FIDA visent à améliorer les revenus, les moyens de subsistance, la sécurité alimentaire et les conditions de vie des plus démunis vivant dans les zones rurales des pays en développement. Dans les années qui ont suivi la crise politique de 2009-2012 à Madagascar, ces projets ont aidé les populations rurales pauvres en leur donnant les capacités et les compétences nécessaires pour renforcer leur productivité et mieux exploiter les opportunités économiques.

Plusieurs d’entre eux ont introduit des innovations à Madagascar, produisant ainsi des résultats positifs. Par exemple, le FIDA a réussi à inclure un grand nombre de microentreprises et de petites entreprises dans des secteurs à forte valeur ajoutée en favorisant la création de partenariats entre organisations de producteurs (OP) et opérateurs de marché (OM), facilitant ainsi l’accès des agriculteurs aux marchés. Selon le rapport, la création de près de 400 couples OP-OM a attiré plus de 5,4 millions de dollars US en investissements privés.

« Nous sommes très fiers des résultats obtenus dans les domaines de la productivité rurale, des revenus et de l’entrepreneuriat à Madagascar. La création de couples OP-OM a été fondamentale pour l’amélioration des opportunités économiques dans les zones rurales », a déclaré Sara Mbago-Bhunu, directrice régionale du bureau Afrique orientale et australe (ESA) du FIDA.

Le FIDA a joué un rôle essentiel dans l’amélioration de l’accès des entrepreneurs ruraux aux moyens de production, aux services d’appui et aux services financiers. Le rapport indique que le FIDA a aidé à créer des réseaux de prestataires de services, ainsi que des plateformes de collaboration et de soutien, contribuant ainsi au développement de l’entrepreneuriat rural.

Les activités de développement des capacités et de formation destinées aux jeunes agriculteurs leur ont permis de créer et de développer leurs propres entreprises. « Près de 70 000 personnes ont bénéficié des activités de formation et de vulgarisation, essentielles au développement des capacités de nos bénéficiaires et à la diffusion de techniques de production améliorées », a déclaré Fabrizio Felloni, directeur par intérim de l’IOE.

Le travail du FIDA dans le pays ne s’arrête pas là pour autant. « Le rapport montre qu’un renforcement de l’efficience et de la durabilité des opérations est essentiel. Nous pouvons y parvenir en impliquant davantage certains acteurs centraux tels que les institutions de microfinance, en délimitant mieux la portée géographique des opérations et en insistant davantage sur le développement des capacités et des compétences », a ajouté M. Felloni, en décrivant les pistes de travail futur. « Il faudra également déployer des efforts supplémentaires pour intégrer les plus vulnérables dans la stratégie et le programme de pays. L’évaluation recommande d’affiner le ciblage, en subventionnant davantage les activités génératrices de revenus et les crédits pour aider ces populations vulnérables à participer pleinement à ces activités. »

D’après le rapport d’évaluation, la gestion des ressources naturelles et l’adaptation aux impacts du changement climatique devront figurer parmi les principaux objectifs de la prochaine stratégie de pays du FIDA pour Madagascar. Le Fonds s’interroge actuellement sur la façon dont il peut perfectionner ses interventions dans ces domaines, afin de garantir la durabilité et d’améliorer les moyens de subsistance des populations rurales pauvres.


Communiqué de presse no : 25/2020

Le FIDA investit depuis 40 ans dans les populations rurales, en dotant celles-ci des moyens de réduire la pauvreté, d’améliorer la sécurité alimentaire et la nutrition, et de renforcer la résilience. Depuis 1978, nous avons octroyé 21,5 milliards d’USD sous la forme de prêts à faible taux d’intérêt et de dons en faveur de projets qui ont bénéficié à quelque 491 millions de personnes. Le FIDA est une institution financière internationale et un organisme spécialisé des Nations Unies dont le siège est à Rome – centre névralgique des Nations Unies pour l’alimentation et l’agriculture.

Le Bureau indépendant de l’évaluation (IOE) évalue les politiques, les stratégies et les opérations financées par le FIDA pour promouvoir l’obligation de rendre compte et l’apprentissage. L’objectif principal est de contribuer à améliorer la performance du FIDA et celle de ses partenaires en matière de réduction de la pauvreté rurale dans les pays bénéficiaires. Dans le cadre de ses évaluations indépendantes, l’IOE évalue l’impact des activités financées par le FIDA et, pour dire les choses clairement, fournit une analyse des succès et des lacunes ; il détermine également les facteurs influant sur la performance. En s’appuyant sur les éclairages clés et sur les recommandations tirant leur origine des résultats de l’évaluation, l’IOE communique aussi à un plus vaste public les savoirs et l’expérience du FIDA dans le domaine de l’agriculture et du développement rural.

Virtual event: How do innovative evaluations contribute to achieving SDG2?

04 juin 2020

In the context of the gLOCAL week, the evaluation offices of FAO, IFAD and WFP with the support of EvalForward organized a virtual learning event on 4 June 2020. The event was dedicated to discussing innovative methods and approaches in evaluation, and on how innovations can provide lessons for progress under SDG2 “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture”.

Mr Hansdeep Khaira, Evaluation Officer, IFAD, participated in the parallel session Innovative approaches and tools for evaluation. The session discussed approaches that evaluation can adopt in times of crisis and presented practical methods and tools such as remote sensing and synthesis, and more.

Ms Johanna Pennarz and Mr Maximin Kouessi Kodjio, Lead Evaluation Officers, IOE, took part in the parallel session Learning from experience: Community-driven development approaches and innovations. The session illustrated how evaluations contribute to knowledge and learning, using the cases of the evaluation synthesis on community-driven development (CDD) approaches and the corporate-level evaluation on innovations in IFAD.

Visit the EvalForward website for more information

 

Madagascar Country Strategy and Programme Evaluation – Virtual National Workshop

20 mai 2020

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

The virtual event was held on 4 June 2020 and was attended by over 35 participants. These included representatives from the Government of Madagascar, IFAD Management and staff (including IOE), management staff of projects and programmes co-funded by IFAD covered by the CSPE, and selected members of multilateral and bilateral partners and producer organizations.

Mr Fabrizio Felloni, Interim Officer-in-Charge, IOE, opened the event with opening remarks, followed by speeches from Sara Mbago-Bhunu, Regional Director, East and Southern Africa, IFAD, and Fanomezantsoa Lucien Ranarivelo, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of Madagascar.

Mónica Lomeña-Gelis, Senior Evaluation Officer, IOE, then explored the main issues emerging from the Madagascar CSPE, as well as the opportunities and challenges of the IFAD-Government partnership in the future. 

IOE continues implementing good evaluation and data collection practices during the COVID-19 outbreak

28 avr. 2020

Throughout the world, the Covid-19 pandemic is raising challenges of unprecedented magnitude and scope. Economies face severe disruptions, and individuals and businesses are ill equipped to cope with the turbulence that invariably ensues. Serious uncertainties are expected to persist for the foreseeable future, as the virus spreads to unaffected areas and countries face the pressures associated with recovery. This is all the more true in the developing world, where the turmoil caused by the disease risks undoing the development progress made over the decades, including towards achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

As IFAD redoubles its efforts in support of smallholder farmers and rural communities, we at the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE) remain firmly committed to our mission to promote accountability and learning through independent, credible and useful evaluations of IFAD’s work, which we deem are critical to ensuring the effectiveness of IFAD’s operations to the benefit of the rural poor.

In particular, for us at IOE, the restrictions on personal movement ordered globally to fight virus spread have required rethinking of some of our methods, as the travel crucial to development and evaluation work cannot be undertaken. For example, project performance evaluations (PPEs) are affected, given that they are indispensably based on additional information and data collected during missions.

In response to these extraordinary circumstances, we have been exploring ways to fully leverage the content of existing documentation and the power of new technologies, to resume travel, field visits and shorter missions only when safety conditions allow. These alternative options are detailed in the table below; their respective strengths and weaknesses of each are illustrated, to facilitate tailoring the approach taken to a range of different situations.

We are also examining solutions for our country strategy and programme evaluations (CSPEs), and will be sharing them here shortly.

 

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IFAD Leaf: IOE’s new app

29 mars 2020

Leaf through all of IOE’s reports…in the palm of your hand!

The Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE) is pleased to announce the launch of its mobile application, IFAD Leaf.

IFAD Leaf is a further step towards bringing our evaluation work to the widest possible audience, enhancing the transparency of IFAD’s operations and the utility of evaluations.

Our reports span across varying levels of granularity, to include corporate-level evaluations, country strategy and programme evaluations, project performance evaluations, impact evaluations, evaluation synthesis reports, and annual reports on results and impact of IFAD operations. All contain details on the geographical context of IFAD operations, their relevance for rural development, the operations financed by the Fund and a summary of performance ratings, according to IOE’s applied evaluation criteria.

IFAD Leaf is a compact reference hub holding all of IOE’s reports in a format optimized for mobile use. Users will be able to consult the 270+ reports published by IOE since 2003 easily and rapidly, at any time, on their mobile devices.

With IFAD Leaf, users will be able to:

  • Search through IOE evaluations quickly and accurately thanks to customized filters
  • Save evaluations on their devices by adding them to their Favorites folder, which also makes them available offline
  • Learn from IOE’s evaluations to increase the impact of IFAD’s operations for sustainable and inclusive rural transformation

Do you want to learn more about IFAD’s relevance, effectiveness or efficiency, or the sustainability of its projects’ benefits, in a given country? Access IFAD Leaf now!

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University of Arizona and World Bank Development Economics Conference 2020

17 févr. 2020

From 17 to 19 February 2020, the University of Arizona and the World Bank co-organized a development economics conference, Empowering the Poor: Reducing Vulnerability, Enhancing Livelihoods at the University of Arizona, Tucson, United States of America.

This conference brought together a group of development practitioners from regional governments in Asia and Africa, World Bank, academia and other international development institutions who are at the forefront of development, implementation and study of one specific type of anti-poverty development programme: the Rural Livelihoods Program.

The three-day conference was dedicated to in-depth discussions on a selected number of livelihoods programmes in Asia and Africa. It highlighted what has been achieved so far, what lessons have been learned, and what the implications are for programming the implementation of similar programs in other countries.

The Deputy Director of the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE), Fabrizio Felloni, participated in the conference, presenting IFAD’s evaluation approaches and discussing relevant issues arising in the field of monitoring and evaluation.

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Ecuador Country Strategy and Programme Evaluation – National Workshop

04 févr. 2020

The Government of Ecuador and the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE), in collaboration with IFAD’s Latin America and the Caribbean Division (LAC), co-organized a national workshop for the Ecuador Country Strategy and Programme Evaluation (CSPE), as a final step in the evaluation process.

The workshop took place in Quito on 4 February 2020 and was attended by over 260 participants. These included representatives from the Government of Ecuador, IFAD Management and staff (including IOE), multilateral and bilateral development organizations, project management staff of IFAD-funded projects and programmes covered by the CSPE, academic and research institutions, the private sector and foundations, non-governmental organizations, and selected resource persons.

Mr Oscar Garcia, Director, IOE, opened the workshop with introductory speeches, followed by statements from: Luisa Migliaccio, Lead Portfolio Advisor of LAC; Matilde Mordt, UNDP Resident Coordinator; Lourdes Pacheco, a beneficiary of the Project to Strengthen Rural Actors in the Popular and Solidary Economy (FAREPS) project; Mr Andrés Briones, Director General of the National Institute of Popular and Solidarity Economy (IEPS) and chair of the session; and Hon. Hector Romero, Vice Minister for Rural Development in the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, representing the Minister for Agriculture and Livestock.

Thereafter, a press conference was held during which members of the morning panel responded to questions from national press and television journalists regarding the ongoing IFAD portfolio in Ecuador, as well as the future direction of the partnership between the Government and IFAD.

Jorge Carballo, IOE Evaluation Analyst and Claudia Ranaboldo, IOE rural development consultant, then explored the key findings, conclusions and recommendations from the CSPE report.

Finally, a group work session took place after lunch. The discussions of each group focused on key thematic areas emerging from the evaluation: territorial approach, entrepreneurship and policy dialogue.

The workshop was widely covered by the local media.

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