Rural inequalities: evaluating approaches to overcome disparities

02 May 2018

The Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD is organizing an international conference on “Evaluating Rural Inequality: Identifying effective approaches to reduce rural disparities”, which will explore critical questions regarding whether strategies and programmes that aim to eradicate rural poverty reduce disparities within rural areas.

The conference will examine approaches to rural poverty reduction that have had an impact on four main areas of inequality in rural areas:

  • Resources. Rural poverty results from inequalities in groups’, households’ and individuals’ access to resources (such as income, land, inputs, capital, education and public transfer payments), their ability to use these resources, and their ownership of them.
  • Resilience. The rural poor often lack the ability to cope with environmental degradation, climate change and economic shocks and risks.
  • Relationships. Social relationships are a key determinant to an individual’s ability to access resources and cope with shocks. Unequal power relationships tend to underlie other inequalities, particularly for women, youth and indigenous peoples, and can perpetuate intergenerational poverty.
  • Rights. Political rights and voice, ensured through the enactment and enforcement of laws and policies, are fundamental to truly eradicate rural poverty, particularly with regards to labour and land for marginalized groups, such as women, youth and indigenous peoples.

Conference participants include representatives from the United Nations Evaluation Group and the Evaluation Cooperation Group of the multilateral development banks, plus a wide range of partners that have technical expertise and/or play a pivotal role in the evaluation of development. They also include technical staff from bilateral and multilateral development and humanitarian organizations; academic institutions and specialized research centres; foundations; and counterparts from development and policy institutions.

For more details, please read the concept note.

For additional information, contact the international conference secretariat: evaluation@ifad.org 

Peru Country Strategy and Programme Evaluation – National Workshop

06 Feb 2018

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation of  the Government of Peru and the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE) - in collaboration with IFAD’s Latin America and the Caribbean Division are co-organizing a national workshop for the Peru Country Strategy and Programme Evaluation (CSPE), as a final step in the evaluation process.

The workshop will take place in Lima on 6 February 2018 and will entail the participation of representatives from the Government of Peru, IFAD Management and staff (including IOE), multilateral and bilateral development organizations, project management staff of IFAD-funded projects and programmes covered by the CSPE, academics and research institutions, private sector and foundations, non-governmental organizations, and selected resource persons.

The objectives of  Peru CSPE national workshop are to: 

  • discuss the findings and recommendations of the Peru CSPE;
  • provide inputs for the preparation of the evaluation's Agreement at Completion Point (ACP); and
  • discuss the opportunities and challenges of the IFAD-Government of Peru partnership in the future.

The IFAD delegation from Rome will undertake a field visit from 7-8 February to observe activities supported by the IFAD-funded project: Strengthening Local Development in the Highlands and High Rainforest Areas Project. The visit will offer the IFAD delegation an opportunity to directly hold discussions with beneficiaries and their groups, project staff, state government officials and others, as well as to see project activities on the ground.

Cameroon Country Strategy and Programme Evaluation – co-organized Workshop FAO/IFAD/WFP

01 Feb 2018

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural development of the Republic of Cameroon, the Office of Evaluation of FAO (OED), the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE) and the Office of Evaluation of WFP (OEV) are co-organizing a national workshop  and a half day follow up event for the three Cameroon Country Strategy and Programme Evaluations (CSPEs) conducted by the agencies in the course of 2017, as a final step in the evaluation process.

The national workshop and the half day follow up event will take place on 1 and 2 February 2018, respectively in Yaoundé and will entail the participation of representatives from the Republic of Cameroon, FAO/IFAD/WFP Management and staff, multilateral and bilateral development organizations, project management staff of FAO/IFAD/WFP-funded projects and programmes covered by the CSPEs, academics and research institutions, private sector and foundations, non-governmental organizations, and selected resource persons.

The  objectives of the national workshop on the Cameroon CSPE that will take place on 1st February are to: 

  • share the key findings and recommendations of FAO's, IFAD's, WFP's Country Strategy and Programme Evaluations;
  • discuss to prepare the Government's and Rome Based Agencies' (RBAs) responses related to the recommendations of the evaluations; and
  • reflect on key issues for the preparation of future country strategies, and collaboration with the RBAs in Cameroon.

The objectives of the half day follow-up event that will take place on 2nd February are to:

  • present a few examples of RBAs collaboration in Cameroon and in other countries
  • present the comparative advantages and complementarities between the three agencies
  • discuss future opportunities for collaboration between the RBAs in Cameroon 

Kingdom of Cambodia Country Strategy and Programme Evaluation - National Workshop

24 Jan 2018

The Ministry of Economy and Finance of the Royal Government of Cambodia and the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD are co-organizing a national workshop on the Country Strategy and Programme Evaluation - in collaboration with IFAD’s Asia and the Pacific Division.

The workshop will take place on 24 January 2018, in Phnom Penh and will bring the participation of representatives from the Government of Cambodia, IFAD staff (including IOE), multilateral and bilateral development organizations, project management staff of IFAD-funded projects and programmes covered by the evaluation, academics and research institutions, private sector and foundations, non-governmental organizations, and selected resource persons.

The main objectives of the workshop are to discuss the main findings, recommendations and issues emerging from the evaluation and to jointly reflect on the way forward for the IFAD-Government partnership.

Understanding global and Local Inequalities: an European Commission - French Development Agency (AFD) Initiative

15 Jan 2018

Mr Oscar A. Garcia, IOE Director and Chitra Deshpande, IOE Senior Evaluation Officer attended the Understanding global and Local Inequalities: An European Commission - AFD Initiative conference that took place in Paris on 15 January 2018.

The European Commission is funding a Facility for a Research programme on inequalities under Development Cooperation Instrument, which is implemented by AFD.

The conference provided  a forum for debates on the trends of global inequality, its impact on local inequalities, the links between inequality and poverty and the policy options in terms of fighting inequality.

Mr Oscar took the occasion to introduce the Rural inequalities: evaluating approaches to overcome disparities international conference, which the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD is organizing on 2-3 May in Rome.

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Mexico: conference on Evaluation and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

04 Dec 2017

Experts from all around the world met to show how evaluation works and how it changes lives. Guanajuato hosted this conference called "Evaluation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Transforming life through global and regional partnerships, with an emphasis on Latin America and the Caribbean".

Jointly organized by the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS), and regional evaluation networks: the Latin America and the Caribbean (ReLAC) and the Monitoring & Evaluation Network of Latin America and the Caribbean (REDLACME), the event took place from 4th to 8th December 2017 in Guanajuato, Mexico.

The Independent office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE) participated in the Conference presenting its added values and contributions to evaluation.

Conference's objectives

The conference aimed to promote the exchange of international, regional and local knowledge and experience on the progress and challenges of monitoring, evaluation and systematization of the SDGs.

IOE contribution to the Conference

Mr Óscar A. García, IOE Director, chaired the session entitled“SDG2 and evaluating the sustainability challenge of rural development and agriculture”. He shared analysis and proposals with the Center for Learning on Evaluation and Results for BrazilUnited Nations Development ProgrammeRELAC and World Vision International.

Ms Simona Somma, IOE Evaluation Officer, moderated and delivered a presentation in the session Evaluations to ensure that no one is left behind. She shared the session with the Office of Evaluation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Regional Evaluation Officer of the World Food Programme and the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund. The purpose of this presentation is to share the key findings of selected evaluations by IOE and its overall experience in evaluating the results of IFAD-funded projects in reaching vulnerable groups.

Moreover, Ms Somma also participated in the session hosted by the FAO Office of Evaluation on evaluability of SDG2 – Zero Hunger. She presented the key outcomes of the technical seminar “Enhancing the evaluability of Sustainable Development Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture” (17-18 November 2015, IFAD HQ, Rome) as well as of the international conference “Information and Communication Technologies for Evaluation (ICT4Eval)” (6-7 June 2017, IFAD HQ, Rome). Her speech  focused on the role of ICT in progressing towards the assessment of SDG2.

More information in the web site of the Conference and in Twitter under the hashtag #EvalGlobalac17

Impact Evaluation of Agricultural Support Project in Georgia - Technical Workshop

27 Nov 2017

The Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE) organized a technical workshop on the Georgia Country Strategy and Programme Evaluation and the impact evaluation of the Agricultural Support Project in Georgia.

The technical workshop took place on 6 December 2017, in Tbilisi.  Around 40  participants attended the workshop, including representatives from the Government, multilateral and bilateral development organizations, microfinance institutions, civil society organizations (national and international) and think tanks.

The objectives of the technical workshop were to share the methodology underpinning a country strategy and programme evaluation and the observations that emerge therefrom, and, present the methodology employed for measuring attributable evidence from the impact evaluation of the IFAD-funded Agricultural Support Project. A special feature of this workshop was the method labs on counterfactual methods and poverty diagnosis.

Annual Global Evaluation Meeting

27 Nov 2017

The Office of Evaluation of the World Food Programme (WFP) held its annual Global Evaluation Meeting, as well as a series of additional events during the week of 27 November to 1 December 2017. 

The theme of this year’s Global Meeting is ‘Enhancing the Use of Evaluation’.  The two-day agenda focused on the value and potential use of evaluation evidence to inform decision-making, gathering user feedback on evaluation needs, and strengthening the WFP evaluation community. 

In the session “Communicating Evaluation Insights – Right Information, Right Time, Right Way”, Ms Johanna Pennarz, IOE Lead Evaluation Officer, delivered a presentation on enhancing evaluation use and outreach, and evaluation syntheses and communication at IFAD and shared a series of good practices in communicating evaluation insights, as well as some of the latest tools and technologies for telling stories with data. 

Egypt Country Strategy and Programme Evaluation National Workshop

26 Nov 2017

The Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation (MIIC) of the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE) co-organized a national workshop to discuss the main issues emerging from theEgypt  Country Strategy and Programme Evaluation (CSPE). The workshop was chaired by Honourable Dr. Sahar Nasr, Minister of Investment and International Cooperation.

The workshop discussed opportunities and challenges of the IFAD-Government of Egypt partnership in the future, while considering the evolving development needs and priorities of the country.

The workshop, held on 26th of November 2017 in Cairo, was well attended and brought together more than 30 participants from ministries, IFAD-supported projects, government agencies, development partners, financial organizations  and non-governmental organizations.

In her opening speech the Minister of MIIC emphasized the need for better cooperation between MIIC and other relevant ministries during the implementation of new projects in the future. The address of the Director IOE was then delivered by Mr Kouessi Maximin Kodjo, Lead Evaluation Officer, IOE, on his behalf. After this, the representative of the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation highlighted the need to identify alternatives for improved cooperation between ministries in one hand, and between ministries and partners in the other hand.

The final CSPE findings and recommendations were presented by Ms Johanna Pennarz, Lead Evaluation Officer, IOE. Thereafter the Evaluation Unit of MIIC presented the findings and recommendations of the thematic evaluation of IFAD country strategy and programme. This was a remarkable initiative reflecting MIIC’s desire to enhance national evaluation capacity. It was noted that the findings and recommendations emerging from this evaluation were complementary to those of IOE.

Afterwards, participants formed three groups to discuss the recommended follow-up to these evaluations. The first group focused on the country programme coordination and oversight; the second group discussed options for expanding the available rural finance products and services to better serve the needs of smallholder farmers; the third group explored how the capacities of community organizations could be strengthened in a more effective and sustainable manner given the existing legal framework.

The Director of IFAD's Near East, North Africa and Europe Division–mentioned that the recommendations of the CSPE will be considered during the preparation of the forthcoming IFAD-Egypt country strategy.

Evaluating European structural and investment funds in the Czech Republic: from knowledge to decision-making

22 Nov 2017

3rd conference of The National Coordination Authority’s Evaluation Unit, Czech Republic

The  Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE) participated  in the 3rd conference of the National Coordination Authority’s Evaluation Unit, Czech Republic, which took place on 22 November in Prague. The main theme of this year’s conference was to shift “from knowledge to decision-making”.

In the second part of the conference, Ms Johanna Pennarz, IOE Lead Evaluation Officer, delivered a presentation on promoting accountability and learning through the independent evaluation function – experiences from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The objective of this presentation was to share the experiences from the independent evaluation function at IFAD, which has been set up to strengthen accountability and learning.

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