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#IFAD 2012 staff awards

Posted by Roxanna Samii Friday, December 21, 2012 0 comments

Last Friday, for the third year in a row, IFAD staff came together to celebrate the achievements of their colleagues and peers.

IFAD's staff awards programme is inspired by Daniel Pink’s paradigm. Pink argues that “the secret to high performance and satisfaction is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world”.

He defines these three elements as follows:
  • autonomy, the desire to direct our own lives
  • mastery, the desire to continually improve at something that matters
  • purpose, the desire to do things in service of something larger than ourselves.
IFAD staff award programme  recognizes the achievements and accomplishments of colleagues who as individual or as teams ― have made outstanding contributions as:

  • Leaders
  • Designers and implementers of an innovative and/or outstanding initiative
  • Agents and facilitator of change
What is special and what makes this awards programme different from others is the fact that the nominations come from STAFF. Colleagues nominate colleagues and reward their actions and behaviours because they have done something special.

This year we celebrated the accomplishments of 22 colleagues.

The celebrations started with paying tribute to a cross-departmental team award composed of Tomas Rosada, Natalia Toschi, Rajiv Sondhi, Purificacion Tola Satue, Deirdre McGrenra, Sandra Reyes, Mirka Ferrise and David Hartcher who were involved in a long and difficult negotiation process that culminated in the approval of the debt settlement agreement for the Republic of Cuba.

You should have seen the expression on the face of our lovely ICT colleague, Fabio Mariano, when they called his name... he was in a state of shock and could not believe that they called his name. Fabio received the staff award for his work in advancing ICT's workstation management services which has drastically reduced the time needed to configure and deploy workstations at IFAD.

Silvana Scalzo, was recognized for her initiative of developing "cooperation brief" drawing on a number of databases.

Numerous colleagues were recognized as agents and facilitators of change and they are:

  • Clare Bishop-Sambrook, our gender technical adviser for her commitment and dedication to gender-related issues and for steering the IFAD gender policy.
  • Maria Turco, for having conceived and implemented an innovative security awareness training which benefited not only IFAD staff but expanded to the rest of the UN family.
  • Thu Hoai Nguyen, our programme assistant in Viet Nam country office for spearheading the decentralization of financial functions from HQ to the country office and implementing the financial management and disbursement pilot project system.
  • Rasha Omar, one of the most dedicated and commitment staff of IFAD, a mentor and role model for many, for the way she managed challenging country portfolio, such as Sudan and now DRC Congo.
  • Federica Cerulli Irelli, a solution finder, a wonderful young lady with great sense of humour, the very Federica who broke the mold and did one of the most innovative blogposts of our collection, for helping us become more efficient and effective in using and mobilizing funds.
  • Edward Gallagher, our budget man, someone who everyone wants as friend, for his role in bringing about major changes and improvements in our budgetary processes.
  • And finally in this category, a team of resourceful and creative ladies who came up with a number of suggestions to make current business processes more efficient: Adriana Bombardone, Aisha Nazario, Francesca Tarabella and Tina Frezza
We finished the staff awards by paying tribute to the leadership of Paula Kim, for her role in leading and galvanizing the country office support unit. Paula, with her smooth, soft, elegant and diplomatic manner worked across department and divisions to put in place a robust support system for IFAD country offices.

Last but not least, my own colleague, Bob Baber, the man behind the communications toolkit, who played an instrumental role in coordinating the preparation and production of the toolkit. He definitely made it happen and I must say, we take pride of this gem - a resource which provides practical communication tips  and one that is valued by our colleagues in the field and our sister organizations.

Congratulations to each and every one of you. Happy holidays... And since it looks like the world will not be coming to an end today, check out this space next year for the 2013 staff award edition.
Wishing you all a peaceful and prosperous 2013.

As we look ahead, let’s not leave fragile states behind

Posted by Roxanna Samii Tuesday, December 18, 2012 0 comments

by Tom Pesek, Partnership Officer, IFAD’s North American Liaison Office

As we bid farewell to 2012, it’s useful to reflect on the themes that dominated international development discourse this year. There was considerable focus on inequality, climate change, the agriculture-nutrition nexus, energy, water and land. The continuing effects of the global economic crunch and fiscal austerity were impossible to ignore. The role of partnerships and the private sector was also a recurring theme. Last week, the OECD, World Bank and USAID co-sponsored an event in Washington, DC on another major issue - responding to the complex and rapidly evolving needs of fragile states and middle-income countries. As the development policy agenda for 2013 begins to take shape, it’s worth considering the findings of a new OECD report entitled Fragile States 2013: Resource flows and trends in a shifting world, which was launched at the event.

The report highlights a number of trends that should keep policymakers awake at night. Chief among them is the report’s projection that global poverty will soon become significantly more concentrated in fragile states than it is today. Fragile states are currently home to one-third of the world’s poor. However, the OECD projects that by 2015, half of the world’s people living on less than USD 1.25 a day will be in fragile states. The report classifies 47 countries worldwide as fragile. These countries, including population giants such as India, Pakistan and Nigeria, have a collective population of 1.5 billion. In 2008, former World Bank President, Robert Zoellick observed that “fragile states are the toughest development challenge of our era.” Well, it seems this toughest of challenges is about to get even more difficult.

The report also asserts that approximately half of world’s fragile states will likely suffer reductions in programmable aid between 2012 and 2015. ODA is the largest financial flow to the average fragile state, followed by remittances and FDI. This projected drop-off is of particular concern in countries that are already chronically “under-aided”, aid dependent or confronting slow economic growth. Although per capita ODA to fragile states grew by 46 percent between 2000 and 2010 (USD 50 billion in 2010, or 38 percent of total ODA), this trend is expected to be interrupted by the ongoing fiscal crunch in OECD countries.

Another notable finding is that the profile of the average fragile state is beginning to change. A mere ten years ago, the majority of fragile states were low-income countries. Not anymore. Today, almost half of the world’s fragile states – 21 out of 47 – are middle-income countries, according to the report. If this shift continues, it will change the profile of the typical fragile state from low-income and highly aid-dependent, to middle-income and less aid-dependent. This is likely to further complicate efforts by development institutions to become more responsive to the needs of middle-income countries.

Despite the report’s mostly gloomy findings, there are some glimmers of hope. While ODA to fragile states is falling in terms of overall quantity, the number of actors engaging in these states is beginning to multiply. Multi-pronged engagement (development, investment and trade) has accelerated amongst countries beyond the DAC membership, notably Brazil, China, India, South Africa and the Gulf States. There has also been growth in terms of global funds and philanthropic giving to fragile states. In addition, multilateral engagement remains an important means through which emerging countries are directly interacting with fragile states.

Furthermore, there is already a paradigm shift underway within the development community, as demonstrated by the 2011 New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States, which was one of the outcomes of the Fourth High-level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in 2011 in Busan, South Korea. The initiative commits fragile states and their international partners to “do things differently” – by designing and implementing interventions with far greater consideration for the unique characteristics of fragile states; and to focus on “different things” – by building their interventions around peace-building and state-building objectives.

As Stewart Patrick pointed out this month in the Council on Foreign Relations, there may be a critical role for the G20 to play in getting the international community to prioritize fragile states. Many G20 countries, such as Brazil, China, India, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Turkey, have already been steadily increasing their engagement in fragile states. In addition to providing development assistance, G20 countries increasingly represent key trading partners and sources of FDI for fragile states. The G20 could potentially play a critical role in harmonizing global approaches to poverty reduction in fragile states, including by leveraging support and resources for the New Deal for Fragile States.

At the event in Washington last week, Juana de Catheu, co-author of the OECD report, indicated that numerous bilateral and multilateral development institutions have begun to prioritize fragile states, choosing to fight poverty where it is most concentrated. This will require them to confront the tension between quickly delivering results versus making the long-term, context-specific commitments required to build the capacity and strengthen the resilience of fragile and conflict-affected states. Ms. De Catheu also observed that investing in fragile states is a high risk, high reward endeavor. One might also argue that the risk of not investing in fragile states is substantially higher.

Read more: Fragile states: Working to build resilience

Susan Beccio, Photo Editor in IFAD’s Communications Division, is in São Tome and Principe this week, documenting IFAD-supported activities in the island nation off the western equatorial coast of Central Africa. Here are some of her impressions, in words and pictures. 

All photos ©IFAD/Susan Beccio

Solar drying of cocoa beans.
I shot the photos on this page during my visit to the Participatory Smallholder Agriculture and Artisanal Fisheries Development Programme. Cofinanced by IFAD and the French Agency for Development, the programme began in 2003 and is ongoing. Its most successful aspect has been the revitalization of cocoa production and export in São Tome and Principe.

More than a decade ago, cocoa producers here were suffering because of falling global prices for their exports. Many abandoned their plantations. But today, with support from IFAD and its partners, 1,800 small-scale producers have a total of about 2,400 hectares under cultivation for cocoa. They all belong to the Organic Cocoa Export Cooperative, and their cocoa is certified as organic or fair-trade for sale to the international chocolate industry. This is what a revitalized cocoa sector looks like....

Bagging the beans: The cocoa grows well in the shade forest that was planted many years ago by the 
Portuguese. It looks like a jungle and is full of bananas, coconuts, mangos, papaya and breadfruit. The 
terrain is very rough and uneven, not like you would imagine a plantation to be. It is naturally organic, so 
the local producers are able to tap into the organic and fair trade markets. 
The weighing station: The growers have learned to make the most of their three local cocoa varieties by
adapting sustainable breeding methods such as grafting. The farmers do what is called a ‘first drain’ to 
eliminate a portion of the moisture and ferment the cocoa beans. Then the beans are brought to the 
collection point in Monte Forte, where they are weighed, dried in solar driers, re-weighed and readied for 
export to France (certified organic for chocolate) and the United Kingdom (certified fair trade for cocoa 
powder drinks).  
Bags ready for export: The cocoa producers here only dry and ferment the beans – they do not process
them into cocoa powder or chocolate. But because they have teamed up in a larger cooperative and are 
able to sell internationally, they have made a lot of headway.

Building peace through smart development

Posted by Greg Benchwick Wednesday, December 12, 2012 1 comments

Peace is possible within our lifetime. As a matter of fact, if we want to end rural poverty, feed the world and protect our little blue planet in peril, achieving peace is not just a lofty goal… it’s a necessity.

Nowhere is this more true than in Latin America and the Caribbean, where violence – against women, young people, poor people and the earth – is hindering development initiatives, lowering economic potential and literally pulling the fabric of societies apart one string, and one lost opportunity, at a time.

But we can only achieve this goal by making smart investments today that will provide young people and marginalized communities with the tools they need to plant and nourish the basic seeds that will lead to a kinder, greener, smarter, more equitable future.

If we look at the region as a whole, four basic pillars to achieving peace through sustainable rural development emerge.

Pillars of peace
1.    Better incomes – After all, violence stems from poverty and lack of assets. Increase your income and asset base, and you decrease violence.
2.    Jobs – Provide alternative ways to build a better life. 
3.    Education – It doesn’t take much training to lift a pistol. But how hard is it to build a profitable business? 
4.    Think green – Malthus was right. We do have limited resources. Protecting our natural resource base is essential to creating a more peaceful world.

Conflict at a glance
Just how serious is the problem? According a recent World Bank report “Central America's spiralling wave of crime and violence is threatening the region's prosperity as countries face huge economic and human losses as a result of it.”

“Aside from the pain and trauma inflicted upon victims, violence can cost the region up to 8 per cent of its GDP when taking into account law enforcement, citizen security and health care costs,” the Crime and Violence in Central America – A Development Challenge (2011) report argues. “This is no small change for a region that in 2010 grew around 2 per cent of GDP, while the rest of Latin America grew around 6 per cent.”

We know that violence is primarily an urban phenomenon in Latin America. In fact, the Poverty and Inequality 2011: Latin America Report indicates that urban areas in the region are primarily facing challenges of inequality, security and economic dynamism, while rural areas show lags in access to services and basic rights such as health and education.

But the problem of violence does not stop at the city’s edge. This lack of access to basic rights in the countryside is fuelling a rapid urbanization rate, and providing new fighters, new gang members and new thieves that fan the fires of violence in the cities.

Conflicts over natural resources are also on the rise. In Bolivia, for instance, there are over 1000 standing conflicts between communities, businesses and international interests. Much of these conflicts are centred on water and land use, thus making it essential to build sustainable systems to manage these scarce resources, title land and weave the strand of ecological idealism into a new social fabric.

So what are we doing about it?
Throughout the region, we are funding peace by investing in youth, job-creating rural enterprises, training programs, market access, education and protection of Mother Earth.

For example, the IFAD Executive Board approved in April a new US$36.5 million poverty reduction project for Peru. The project looks to nearly double rural incomes, build social inclusion, and will be key in achieving the Peruvian government’s goal of reducing poverty by 10 per cent by 2021. Additionally, the project includes a US$1.5 million IFAD grant to further public-private partnerships between local communities and mining corporations to improve water management in the highlands.

The Executive Board also approved two new projects for Brazil in the same session. The projects will benefit over 80,000 poor rural families at a total cost of US$133 million, with US$56 million in IFAD funding. The projects focus on education as the central tool to overcoming poverty.

We also signed an agreement in October with the Brazilian state of Paraíba for a new US$49 million social inclusion project that will work with traditionally marginalized groups like women and youth to provide them with the tools and technologies they need to build their businesses, improve household assets, reduce child malnutrition, overcome rural poverty and contribute to a sustainable natural resources management.

In Colombia, we continue to fund innovative poverty reduction projects designed to build peace and enhance social inclusion. We recently signed a new loan agreement with the Government of Colombia for the US$69 million Trust and Opportunity Project.

The project seeks to improve food security, ease access to financial and community services, increase incomes for small-scale producers by as much as 32 per cent, and create mechanisms to rebuild the social fabric of a country that has witnessed war and endemic violence for more than 30 years.

In our latest edition of Rural Perspectives, we take a look at how IFAD-funded projects are seeding peace in places like Honduras, Nicaragua and Peru. These projects look directly at traditional development as a mechanism to improve the social fabric of the local communities. In the end, only strong threads can withstand the forces of violence and conflict. Only strong threads can weave the textile of peace.

En español
Ventana Rural | Construir la paz usando el desarrollo inteligente 

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Learning the "ins and outs" of sound procurement process

Posted by Roxanna Samii Monday, December 10, 2012 0 comments

Workshop description

The Near East, North Africa, and Europe Division held a 5 day Procurement Training in Marrakech, Morocco from 19-23 November 2012. It brought together 30 participants, including representatives from IFAD-Funded projects in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Sudan, Yemen, and Gaza & West Bank. Project procurement officers and project staff involved in procurement, all actively participated in the training providing examples from real life experience.

Professional procurement specialists Mr. George Jadoun and Ms. Blerina Pogace from the International Training Centre of the International Labour organization (ITC/ILO) prepared and delivered the training material in Arabic based on IFAD procedures and drawing from practical experiences in the region.

Objectives and outcomes

The main objective of the workshop was to provide a knowledge sharing platform and training on procurement, in the NENA countries.  More specifically, the workshop aimed to:

  • Provide an overview of the procurement process, from planning, identification of needs and methods, to the tendering process. 
  • Familiarise participants with IFAD requirements and guidelines on procurement.
  • Better understand and apply country specific procedures while offering a platform to share with the participants’ best practices in procurement

To achieve the objectives of the workshop, the sessions were designed to be interactive with each country team expected to briefly present the issues they are facing with regards to this field. In this context, the various teams also suggested possible solutions for improvements.

The expected outcomes of the workshop were:

  • Improved effectiveness of the functions discharged by project staff;
  • Improved implementation performance with regards to procurement;  and 
  • Resolution and clarification of recurring issues during project implementation.

Average overall rating by participants for training relevance, effectiveness, quality of delivery and impact was 86% (this includes 100% rating for quality and relevance and 97% for objectives met, post-training application and overall satisfaction)

Rural women’s voices, loud and clear in Nepal

Posted by Timothy Ledwith Friday, December 7, 2012 0 comments

By Katie Taft 

Development workshops are, generally speaking, filled with practitioners, policy makers, donors and academics mulling over a problem and – among break-out sessions and working groups – coming to a consensus on how best to approach it. These tend to be technical discussions on technical problems and, as such, they can become lifeless, without the passion and emotion that prompts the workshop in the first place.

A workshop session in Kathmandu. ©IFAD
A workshop held in Kathmandu, Nepal last week by the UN Joint Programme on Accelerating Progress toward the Economic Empowerment of Rural Women was far from this typical scenario. Following speeches by three Nepali women farmer leaders in the opening session, the two-day workshop remained filled with tense debates, passionate pleas and rallying cries from an audience composed mainly of rural women.

The joint programme is a five-year initiative of UN Women, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Fund for Agricultural Development and the World Food Programme. It will be implemented initially in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Nepal, Niger and Rwanda. Consultative workshops at the country level are being organized to shape the programme goals and activities, based on national priorities, including in Nepal.

Although there have been significant improvements in Nepal’s poverty level in recent years, it is still considered a food-insecure country. Women make up 65 per cent of the labour force. And while they work more hours and produce more than their male counterparts, many rural women are hampered by less access to credit, land and services. Often, their opinions are not sought out. But at the workshop, they demanded to be heard – and given the reaction of the audience, who applauded and sometimes “whooped” in support, they were.

Below are excerpts of the rural women’s speeches. They not only set the tone of the workshop, they set the tone for the entire joint programme.

Raj Kumari Chaudary, Kailali district: “Empowerment can help us”
“I am bringing my problems here – to represent  all small women farmers’ problems. We rural women have to work very hard, and although we put in so much work, we are not recognized. Women in the villages are oppressed. We cannot overcome these challenges alone. We can’t even get a decent meal. We work hard but cannot produce enough food for our families.

Raj Kumari Chaudary says women must be heard. ©IFAD
“We have to work all the time. When we go to the hospital, we don’t get any support. Empowerment can help us because we are in a lot of trouble. No one hears us, and because of this I say it here: We demand that we be heard.”

Nanu Ghatani, Kavre district: “I am not afraid”
“I lead women farmers in my district. There have been positive changes that have taken place. For example, our credit group with 600 members is able to distribute low-interest loans for farming-related equipment. If we are to complete seven steps on the ladder – we have three steps left. We have access to food, but we don’t have control. We only eat whatever remains after feeding our families. Women farmers do not get any honour. They say: you have land and you have food, but we have no control inside the house.

“Agricultural programmes do not need to just focus on rural women’s production. We need to be entrepreneurs, and be our own businesses. If we can become business leaders, we can have more income in our hands. It’s not that we don’t give it to the men, we just want it to be equal. Women know about their children that they give birth to, but not about the plants that they grow. We must get more information about the nutritional information of the products we can grow. Women’s groups help build trust and support. I am not afraid like I was before. I am not alone.”

Radha Kunwar, Kaski district: “Among us there is trust”
“I am the chairwoman of the cooperative. It took us a lot of trouble to form the cooperative. They accused us of trying to spoil rural women – they didn’t trust us with the money. Now there are more than 1,000 women in the cooperative. Among us there is trust and respect. All of the women pay back their loans on time and help move us forward. They put it towards sustainable things like goat breeding. One goat costs 5,000 rupees [about US$50]. Perhaps we can give loans without interest for a year or two, so that they can build a business and they can make more income. They need to prepare for the next cropping season. When they distribute the budget for supporting rural women in the villages – women must be given a certain amount.

Radha Kunwar calls for women's inclusion. ©IFAD
“But still, women are kept from the process. We are still not given a priority. If we don’t demand it, they don’t give it to us. They make it difficult for us to request our part of the budget – they makes us bring letters, forms. We are happy to go through the process, but there is no monitoring of this. There is not evaluation of monitoring. We feel they should come and look at our work and encourage us, but they don’t. This will help encourage us, and by honouring and acknowledging our work, we will be motivated to do more. We need a voice to demand it. I was a housewife, always inside the house, and now with your support I am able to come and speak here with all of you to tell you of the challenges.”

Update: News stories
Here are some links to news stories about the Nepal workshop on the economic empowerment of rural women. The stories include reporting on the UN joint programme, the need for women to gain greater access to agricultural technology and skills, and the imperative for them to be more involved in local development decisions.

In English:
United Nations in Nepal NewsInsight, Oct.-Nov. 2012 [PDF, see pg. 5]
Kathmandu Post National Daily, 30/11/2012

In Nepali:
Kantipur National Daily,  30/11/2012
Karobar National Daily, 2/12/2012

by Aissata Cheick Sylla and Adriane Del Torto

This morning the Minister of Agriculture Dr Yaranga Coulibaly officially opened the National Roundtable workshop for the Mali Country Programme Evaluation undertaken by IFAD’s Independent Evaluation Office. To mark this special occasion, two members of Government, the Minister of Livestock and Fisheries Mr Makan Aliou Tounkara and the Minister of Employment and Vocational Training Dr Diallo Deidia Katara, the Commissioner for Food Security, Mr Yaya Tamboura and the President of the Assemblée Permanente des Chambres d’Agriculture du Mali. (APCAM) Mr Bakary Togola, the Interim director of the Independant Evaluation Office Mr Ashwani Muthoo and the Director of the West and Central Africa Division of IFAD, Mr Ides de Willebois all participated in the workshop.

During his opening speech, His Excellency the Minister of Agriculture expressed the great honour that it is for the Government of Mali to host this important event, demonstration of the excellent partnership between IFAD and Mali, partnership that has been quite strong over the past years. In fact, this excellent partnership has now been fruitful for the past 30 years. The Minister conveyed his satisfaction with IFAD’s engagement and determination in its fight against food insecurity alongside the Republic of Mali. He concluded by guaranteeing that the Government of Mali will stop at nothing to invest in this partnership further and will accompany IFAD in designing new projects and programmes.

The Director of the West and Central Africa Division of IFAD saluted the fruitful and sustainable collaboration between IFAD and Mali as well as the Government’s strong engagement and active participation in the workshop. He confessed being proud of the quality of the partnership built over the past 30 years. One of the reasons for the success of this partnership, he explained, is its alignment with national strategies and objectives in agriculture, as well as the flexibility of its programmes and project to integrate the view of the Republic of Mali in its rural development programmes, assuring their sustainability over the years.

The Interim Director of the Independent Office of Evaluation addressed the objective and the importance of such a workshop. He insisted that two Country Evaluations in a five year span demonstrates the importance of the Mali Country Programme ,not only for the West and Central Africa Division, but also for IFAD as an institution. He insisted on the importance of the workshop objectives which includes setting the way forward for operations and partnership with Mali. .

Finally, during the opening Mr Fabrizio Felloni, Senior Evaluator, made a presentation on the main conclusions of the report where he stressed the positive outcomes of the evaluation. According to the extensive study in the country, there are many positive outcomes of the Mali Country Programme needing further visibility and capitalisation. These include community investments and community driven development, sustainability of infrastructure, land tenure, gender, environment and natural resource management and decentralisation. Recommendations for improvement include giving greater importance to geographic distribution of poverty in Mali and the risks related to the occupation of the North and climate change and all related topics.

par Aissata Cheick Sylla et Adriane Del Torto

Ce matin, le Ministre de l’Agriculture Dr Yaranga Coulibaly a officiellement ouvert les travaux de l’atelier national de restitution de l’Évaluation Externe du Programme Pays FIDA au Mali. Pour l’occasion il avait à ses côtés deux autres membres du Gouvernement, le Ministre de l’élevage et de la Pêche, M Makan Aliou Tounkara et le Ministre de l’Emploi et de la Formation Professionnelle Dr Diallo Deidia Katara, le Commissaire à a Sécurité Alimentaire, Mr Yaya Tamboura et le Président de l’Assemblée Permanente des Chambres d’Agriculture du Mali. (APCAM) Mr Bakary Togola. Pour FIDA, le Directeur intérimaire du Bureau Externe de l’évaluation M Ashwani Muthoo et M Ides de Willebois, Directeur de la Division Afrique de l’ouest et du Centre du FIDA ont ausssi participé à l’atelier.

Lors de son allocution, Monsieur le Ministre de l’Agriculture a signalé grand honneur pour son pays héberger cet atelier, image de qui montre à suffisance que le partenariat entre le Mali et le FIDA se porte bien. En effet, ce très riche partenariat entre dans sa 30e année d’existence en 2012. Il se dit satisfait de la détermination et de l’engagement du FIDA à accompagner le Mali dans la lutte contre la précarité et l’insécurité alimentaire. et a conclu en assurant que le Gouvernement du Mail ne ménagera aucun effort pour accompagner le FIDA dans la conception de nouveaux projets et programmes.

Le Directeur de la Division Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre du FIDA a salué la collaboration profonde et durable avec le Mali ainsi que l’engagement du Gouvernement, même dans sa participation active à cet atelier. Il s’est dit fier de la qualité de ce partenariat tissé au fil des 30 dernières années. Dans ce de cadre il a rappelé que le FIDA a financé 12 projets et programmes au Mali pour plus de 475 million de dollars ou environ 240 milliards de francs CFA. Le portefeuille du FIDA au Mali répond à une certaine pertinence vis-à-vis les priorités du gouvernement et s’est montré flexible dans ses interventions. Il a promis que le FIDA continuera relever les défis de la pauvreté rurale avec le Gouvernement du Mali.

Le Directeur intérimaire a adressé l’objectif et l’importance de l’atelier de restitution de l’évaluation indépendante et a insisté sur le fait que le portefeuille du Mali est particulièrement important pour le FIDA, raison pour laquelle le Programme Pays a été évalué en 2007 et de nouveau en 2012. Il a insisté sur la pertinence de cette session de travail pour bien élaborer t les lignes directrices pour mettre en œuvre les recommandations et pour renforcer le partenariat entre le FIDA et le Mali qui est déjà indiscutable.

Lors de l’ouverture, M Fabrizio Felloni, Evaluateur Principal a fait un exposé sur les conclusions principales de l’évaluation. Il a souligné les résultats positifs sur lesquels il faut capitaliser d’avantage et que le Mali doit partager. Ces thèmes incluent : la maîtrise d’ouvrage communale, la durabilité des infrastructures, le foncier, le genre, l’environnement et la décentralisations. Pour les futures interventions on recommande de donner plus d’importance à la géographie de la pauvreté, des risques liés aux conflits ainsi que les risques climatiques dans la région.

Le FIDA et le Mali - de quoi célébrer

Posted by Adriane Del Torto Monday, December 3, 2012 2 comments

Le mercredi 5 décembre 2012, le FIDA et le Gouvernement du Mali fêteront les 30 ans de partenariat pour le développement agricole.

Musée National, Bamako
Les festivités se dérouleront dans le jardin du Musée National à Bamako, à partir de 14h. Les célébrations seront ouvertes par Son Excellence Dr Yaranga Coulibaly, Ministre de l’Agriculture de la République du Mali et par Monsieur Ides de Willebois, Directeur de la Division Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre du FIDA.

Cet événement est une opportunité pour les partenaires et la société civile de connaitre le FIDA et ses activités au Mali. Il sera possible de visiter les stands préparés et animés par les projets en cours d’exécution. Des paysans venant de différentes régions du Mali, ayant reçu un appui du FIDA, partageront avec nous leurs témoignages et histoires de vie. La fête sera animée par un groupe musical de la Région de Kidal, qui se trouve dans le Nord du pays.

Lors des 30 dernières années, le FIDA a financé 12 projets et programme de développement au Mali pour un total de plus de 471 million de dollars des États-Unis. De ce montant, environ 186 million sont des fonds propres et plus de 289 millions de dollars ont été mobilisés auprès de nos partenaires principaux au Mali : la Banque Ouest Africaine de Développement, (BOAD), la Banque Mondiale et le Fonds Belge pour la Sécurité Alimentaire.

Suite aux événements du 22 mars 2012, le FIDA continue à œuvrer aux côtés du Gouvernement du Mali dans sa lutte contre l’insécurité alimentaire. En effet, pour atténuer les effets de la crise, le FIDA et le Gouvernement du Mali ont conclu une stratégie pour affronter cette période transitoire. Dans ce cadre, des partenariats avec AVSF (Agronomes et Vétérinaires Sans Frontières) pour la distribution d’intrants agricoles dans le Nord et avec OMS (Organisation Mondiale pour la Santé) pour distribuer les fournitures aux dispensaires dans le Nord afin d’en assurer leurs activités quotidiennes ont été conclus. (voir article blog du 14/08/2012)

Aussi dans le cadre de cette stratégie, le FIDA commence la conception d’un programme d’insertion des jeunes dans les filière agricoles (pour un montant de 30 million de dollars) preuve concrète de l’engagement ferme du FIDA pour aider le Gouvernement du Mali à améliorer les conditions de vie des paysans.

On Wednesday 5 December 2012, IFAD and the Government of Mali will be celebrating 30 years of partnership in rural development.

The festivities will take place in the garden of the National Musem of Bamako, starting 2 pm. The celebrations will be opened by the Honourable Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Mali, Dr Yaranga Coulibaly and by the Director of the West and Central Africa Division of IFAD, Mr Ides de Willebois.

National Museum of Bamako
The event is an opportunity for partners and civil society to gain knowledge on IFAD activities in the country. Throughout  the afternoon, each ongoing IFAD project will be animating a stand where information can be gathered. Also, farmers from the different regions of Mali have been invited to share their experience and life stories with the public. The ambiance will be animated by music groups from the Kidal region in the North of Mali to give the event a festive touch.

Over the past 30 years, IFAD has financed 12 development programmes in Mali with approximately 186 million dollars of its own resources and over 289 million dollars mobilised with cofinanciers such as the West African Development Bank (BOAD), the World Bank, The Belgian Fund for Food Security and others for a total of over 471 million dollars of investments.

Following the coup of 22 March 2012, IFAD is continuing alongside the Government of Mali in its fight against food insecurity. In fact, IFAD activities in Mali are ongoing and an intermediate strategy has been agreed upon between IFAD and Mali for this transition period. Activities in the North are being ensured by a partnership with AVSF (Agronomes et Vétérinaires Sans Frontières) for the distributin of agriculture inputs directly to the farmers via the Niger Rive and WHO (World Health Organisation) who is ensuring that health centres are receiving the necessary supplies to maintain regular business. (See blog article of 9 August 2012 - Promoting sustainability in a humanitarian crisis).

As part of the imlementation of the medium term strategy, IFAD will be designig a new Youth Integation Project for approximately 30 million dollars - a strong and firm demonstation of IFAD ongoing commitment to helping Mali out of poverty.

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