In collaboration with the Government of Rwanda and ESA, the Independent Office of Evaluation (IOE) organized a National Roundtable Workshop for the Rwanda Country Programme Evaluation (CPE) on 29 September in Kigali. The objectives of the Rwanda CPE national roundtable workshop were to:
- discuss the main issues emerging from the Rwanda CPE
- provide inputs for the preparation of the evaluation's agreement at completion point (ACP); and
- provide an opportunity for reflecting on key issues for the forthcoming Rwanda country strategic opportunities programme (COSOP).
The workshop was attended by seventy participants, including the Permanent Secretary of the Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources of Rwanda, Ernest Ruzindaza, the Vice President of IFAD, the Director of IOE, the Director of ESA and staff members from IOE and ESA. Representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Trade, Ministry of Local Government, other public national agencies, district administrations, international development organizations active in Rwanda, NGOs, research organizations and the private sector also attended the event.
In addition to participating in the workshop, on 28 September, the IFAD delegation from Rome conducted field visits to an IFAD-supported project, the Support project for the strategic plan for the transformation of agriculture (PAPSTA) to gain an appreciation of IFAD's and Government's efforts in reducing rural poverty in Rwanda. This offered the IFAD delegation an opportunity to directly hold discussions with beneficiaries and their groups, project staff, district-level government authorities and others, as well as see project activities on the ground.
On 28 September, the Vice President of IFAD, and the Directors of IOE and ESA also met with the Prime Minister of Rwanda, Bernard Makuza