Hélène Ní Choncheanainn
Programme Assistant, East and Southern Africa Division

East and Southern Africa Division
Via Paolo Di Dono, 44
00142 Rome, Italy
Fax: +39 06 5043463

Useful links

IFAD website

IFAD operations in Eastern and Southern Africa

Rural Finance Network

Rural Poverty Portal

About IFAD

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.

Read more

Issue 22 – March 2013

Opening message
The year-end holiday season was a time for family gatherings, where we reunited and reconnected with loved ones. It was also a time to reflect on personal and professional performance and formulate plans and resolutions for the coming year. On the professional front, we got a head start on this reflection at the Regional Implementation Workshop (RIW) in Addis Ababa during the week of November 12th. Read more

Sustaining Impact of Development Projects: report from the Regional Implementation Workshop held in November in Ethiopia
Addis Ababa means ‘New Flower’ in Amharic, Ethiopia’s ancient national language, and the name still seems apt despite the capital’s 21st century sprawl. New, modern buildings are under construction throughout the city, while a youthful populace fills its streets and squares. Beyond the fringes of Addis and a few other cities, however, Ethiopia as a whole is predominantly rural. Read more

A new direction for the East and Southern Africa Division: Périn Saint Ange's vision
The East and Southern Africa (ESA) Division's new Regional Director, Périn Saint-Ange, gave a keynote speech at the Regional Implementation Workshop in Addis Ababa, in which he delivered his vision and objectives for the division. Read more

The annual Portfolio Performance Review, July 2011-June 2012
The 2012 Regional Implementation Workshop provided the forum to present the annual Portfolio Performance Report for the East and Southern Africa Division. "This year we report very much a glass half-full, half-empty" said Geoffrey Livingston, IFAD's Regional Economist, when presenting the review he compiled. Read more

Rural women pool savings and credit in the Oromia region
Shunda Wata and her husband stand in the shade, speaking to a group of visitors about how much their lives have improved in recent years. Beside the couple, several of their cattle are tethered to a tree under the dappled midday sunlight. Nearby, bales of straw are piled almost as high as the corrugated metal roof of their modest but solid home. Read more

Successful clients of regional Micro Finance Institution ready to go a step further
Micro Finance Institutions (MFIs) are well established in Ethiopia, and because of their large scale and the way they operate, they don't always target the poorest people. As a result, smaller MFIs have come to the fore to better serve the isolated rural market segment. Read more

News and eventsNews and events

Upcoming and recent events

Missions, people and workshops

Home | Rural poverty portal | Print