Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Government of The Gambia and United Nations agency IFAD to review findings of evaluation of their country programme

Moses Abukari IFAD
Rome, 20 November 2015 – On 3 December 2015, the Independent Office of Evaluation (IOE) of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN agency specializing in rural development, will present the conclusions and recommendations of an independent evaluation of IFAD’s country strategy and programme in The Gambia.
During the national workshop, which will take place at Kairaba Hotel in Banjul, the Government of The Gambia and IFAD will discuss key evaluation findings and how issues such as targeting, value chain development and sustainability contribute to transforming rural areas and reducing poverty. The findings of the evaluation and the exchange between and among partners taking part will inform the development of IFAD’s new strategy in the country.

Media are welcome to cover the National Round-Table Workshop. The following IFAD staff will be available for interviews:
  • IFAD Independent Office of Evaluation: Ashwani Muthoo, Deputy Director IOE; and Louise McDonald, the Evaluation Officer responsible for the Country Programme Evaluation.
  • IFAD Programme Management Department: Ides de Willebois, Director, West and Central Africa Division; and Moses Abukari, Country Programme Manager.  
Background information
The national workshop is co-organized by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs of the Government of The Gambia and the IOE.

The workshop will be attended by government representatives , IFAD Management and staff, multilateral and bilateral development organizations, project management staff of Gambia IFAD-funded projects and programmes, academics and research institutions, private sector and foundations, non-governmental organizations, and selected resource people.

On 4-5 December, the IFAD delegation will undertake a field visit to see activities supported by the IFAD-funded Participatory Integrated-Watershed Management Project (PIWAMP) in the Basse and Sinchu Gudo project sites. The visit will offer the IFAD delegation an opportunity to hold discussions with beneficiaries, local communities, project staff, state government officials and others.

Media alert No: IFAD/11/2015
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) invests in rural people, empowering them to reduce poverty, increase food security, improve nutrition and strengthen resilience. Since 1978, we have provided nearly US$17 billion in grants and low-interest loans to projects that have reached about 453 million people. IFAD is an international financial institution and a specialized United Nations agency based in Rome – the UN's food and agriculture hub.
The Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE) conducts evaluations of IFAD-financed policies, strategies and operations to promote accountability and learning. The main purpose is to contribute to improving IFAD's and its partners' performance in reducing rural poverty in recipient countries. IOE's independent evaluations assess the impact of IFAD-funded activities and give an analysis of successes and shortcomings – to tell it the way it is – as well as identify factors affecting performance. Based on the key insights and recommendations drawn from evaluation findings, IOE also communicates and shares IFAD’s knowledge and experience in agriculture and rural development with a wider audience.

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