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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. 5 - June 2014

Just released: Evaluation Synthesis Report on IFAD’s Engagement in Middle-Income countries

Nearly 80 per cent of the world's poor people now live in middle-income countries (MICs), which are also affected by severe inequalities. In light of its mandate, IFAD's continued engagement in such countries remains pivotal, even though the amount of resources available to the Fund is relatively limited to satisfy the vast demand for its assistance from developing countries in general.

This evaluation synthesis report points out how IFAD could fine-tune its approach to further strengthen its relevance in MICs. For instance, greater focus on non-lending activities, such as policy dialogue, partnership building, knowledge management and South-South and triangular cooperation will be key in the future.

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Insights from the Moldova Country Programme Evaluation: The potential of conservation farming for adaptation to climate change

The series of climate-related events, droughts in 2003 and 2007, and floods in 2008 led to a renewed attention in Moldova of the importance of climate change. A newly added feature of the fifth project supported by IFAD in Moldova, approved in December 2010, was the introduction of a component to develop demonstration plots for conservation agriculture.

The experience of extreme climate conditions and serious droughts in recent years has instilled a sense of urgency, and the Government is in the process of preparing a National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy.

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China Country Programme Evaluation (CPE): National Round-table Workshop

The Ministry of Finance of the People’s Republic of China and the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE) will co-organize a national round-table workshop for the China country programme evaluation, as a final step in the evaluation process.

The event will be held on 17 July 2014 in Beijing and will focus on the strategic issues that emerged from the evaluation and will provide inputs for the preparation of the evaluation’s Agreement at Completion Point. Moreover, on 16 July, IOE will organize a half day workshop in Beijing on evaluation capacity development.

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Other Stories

  • Workshop on the development of the new Evaluation Manual was held on 20 June 2014. Read more
  • Capacity Strengthening Initiative on Gender and Evaluation for UN Rome-based Agencies. Read more
  • Corporate-level Evaluation on IFAD Replenishments. Read more
  • Joint evaluation synthesis on Pastoral Development. Concept note
  • Impact evaluation on the IFAD-supported Jharkhand-Chhattisgarh Tribal Development Programme (JCTDP) in India. Read more

Evaluation Committee updates

In April 2014, France and the Netherlands took over, respectively, from Germany and Japan as members of the Committee. The Evaluation Committee is currently composed of the following Member States: Angola, Finland, France, India, Indonesia (Chair), Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria and Norway.