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The Independent Office of Evaluation (IOE) conducts evaluations of IFAD-financed policies, strategies and operations to promote accountability and learning.

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The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is a specialized agency of the United Nations, dedicated to eradicating poverty and hunger in developing countries. Its work in remote rural areas of the world helps countries achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

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Evaluation news
Issue n. 10 - September 2015


Technical seminar jointly organized by the evaluation offices of CGIAR, FAO, IFAD and WFP on: "Enhancing the evaluability of Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG2)"

In the context of the initiatives for the International Year of Evaluation, the evaluation offices of the Rome-based agencies (RBAs), which include the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the CGIAR (formerly known as the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research), are jointly organizing a technical seminar entitled "Enhancing the evaluability of Sustainable Development Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture", which will take place on 17-18 November 2015 at IFAD Headquarters, in Rome.

The objective of the seminar is to contribute to a shared understanding of how SDG2 could be evaluated and identify actions needed to enable evaluations of SDG2 through the United Nations system, other international organizations or countries themselves. Specific objectives of the seminar are to: (i) share lessons learned on the evaluability of the MDGs and other partnership initiatives of similar scale (for example the Paris Declaration); (ii) jointly review key challenges for evaluation in relation to the post-2015 development agenda in general and SDG2 in particular; and (iii) identify concrete steps for RBAs towards building evaluability of SDG2.

The seminar will allow opening forward-looking discussions around four themes:

  • Theme 1: The relevance of 'new metrics' for the evaluation of SDG2 — data revolution and innovative approaches for capturing qualitative dimensions of human wellbeing
  • Theme 2: Partnerships and development actors — dealing with the increasing complexity of development processes and partnerships
  • Theme 3: National M&E systems and data availability — building on the progress made and addressing existing (capacity) gaps
  • Theme 4: Demand for and use of evidence from evaluation — understanding the political economy of evidence and developing a joint evaluation agenda for SDG2

The event will be webcast on Follow our event coverage on Twitter through the #SDG2Eval hashtag.

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Evaluation synthesis on IFAD's engagement with indigenous peoples: report will be presented at the Evaluation Committee

On 9 October 2015, at the 89th session of the Evaluation Committee, IOE will present the evaluation synthesis report on IFAD‘s Engagement with Indigenous Peoples.

The report found that IFAD-financed projects and the Fund‘s contribution to international processes and advocacy in support of indigenous peoples have yielded important results, mostly related to empowerment, institutions and policies. The report also finds areas for improvement, such as the need to strengthen consistent policy implementation at the operational level and the necessity to better mainstream understanding of indigenous peoples‘ issues in the institution.

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Brazil Country Programme Evaluation - National Round-table Workshop

The Ministry of Planning, Budget and Management of the Government of Brazil and the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE) are co-organizing a national round-table workshop for the Brazil Country Programme Evaluation (CPE) as a final step in the evaluation process.

The workshop will take place in Brasilia on 22 October 2015 and will entail the participation of representatives from the Federal and States Government of Brazil, IFAD Management and staff, multilateral and bilateral development organizations, project management staff of IFAD-funded projects and programmes covered by the CPE, academics and research institutions, private sector and foundations, non-governmental organizations, and selected resource persons.

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