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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. 4 - March 2014

2013 MOPAN assessment of IFAD

The Multilateral Organisation Performance Assessment Network (MOPAN) has published the 2013 assessment on the effectiveness of four major multilateral organizations, including IFAD. In general, the report underlines the strong independence and credibility of IFAD's independent evaluation function, as well as the central role IOE plays in the Fund's institutional transformation.

2013 ARRI Video
During the first session of the Consultation on IFAD's 10th Replenishment Resources in February 2014, IOE presented the key findings and recommendations of the 2013 Annual Report on Results and Impact of IFAD Operations (ARRI). For the occasion, IOE launched a video with a brief overview on the main findings and the IFAD Management response. Watch the video

The final report of the corporate-level evaluation on IFAD's Replenishments
will be presented by IOE at the 82nd session of the Evaluation Committee on 31 March 2014; at the 111th session of the Executive Board on 8-9 April 2014; and at the second session of the Consultation on IFAD's 10th Replenishment Resources in June 2014. The IFAD Management has expressed its appreciation and satisfaction with the findings and recommendations in the report.

Collaboration with Rome-based agencies (RBAs)
For the first time, IOE and FAO's Office of Evaluation are combining their efforts in preparing a joint evaluation synthesis report on rural pastoralism. Moreover, on occasion of the forthcoming Evaluation Practice Exchange - organized in the context of the 2014 United Nations Evaluation Group's Annual General Meeting in early April - FAO and IFAD will deliver a joint presentation on their successful experience with gender SWAP Evaluation Performance Indicators. Lastly, a joint gender training session for RBAs' evaluators is being planned in May 2014.

Insights from the Indonesia country programme evaluation: Small farmer poverty amidst Indonesia's rising prosperity. Despite the positive economic outlook for the next two decades and its recently acquired status of middle-income country, Indonesia still needs to face many challenges to lift millions of rural people - mainly small farmers - out of poverty. Read more

Ongoing evaluations
IOE started a corporate-level evaluation on IFAD's engagement in fragile and conflict-affected states and situations. It will also conduct an impact evaluation of an IFAD-funded project, and is currently working on an evaluation synthesis on IFAD's engagement in middle-income countries.

Forthcoming events
IOE is organizing two national round-table workshops in Bolivia (4 April) and Zambia (24 April), as a key final step in the respective country programme evaluations (CPEs). A national round-table workshop is also being planned in Beijing in the context of the China CPE in the summer of 2014. Moreover, an in-house learning event will be held on 3 April on the evaluation synthesis regarding IFAD's engagement in middle-income countries. The event will benefit from the participation of representatives from CGIAR, FAO, SDC and WFP, as well as Dr. Ajay Chhibber, Director General (Minister of State) of the Independent Evaluation Organisation (Government of India). Follow the webcast

Evaluation Committee updates
Angola, represented by Mr Carlos Alberto Amaral, has taken over from Egypt in January 2014 as member of the Committee until April 2015. The Evaluation Committee is currently composed of the following Member States: Angola, Finland, Germany, India, Indonesia (Chair), Japan, Mexico, Nigeria and Norway.