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DCED ... in practise from the Pacific to Africa, by Mihaela Balan (DCED)

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Mihaela balancta nov12

  1. 1. DCED … inpracticefrom the Pacificto AfricaAddis AbabaResults Measurement Session6 November 2012
  2. 2. The projects …  Solomon Islands Cocoa Livelihoods Improvement Project (CLIP): in cocoa sector value chain (the Pacific). vs  Southern Africa Seeds and Markets project (SAMP): in seeds sector (Southern Africa).  Both work in input markets but also support the development of the “output” markets ( including export market for CLIP and agrodealers network for SAMP)
  3. 3. The Pacific:Cocoa Livelihood Improvement Project(CLIP)  The AU$5.15m project, was funded by AusAID; the overall aim was to enable rural villagers in Solomon Islands to earn regular, reliable as well as sustainable income from growing cocoa.  Through its activities CLIP specifically aimed to: Increase cocoa exports from 4,500MT (2009) to 6,000MT in three years (2012), 10,000MT in five years and 15,000MT in ten years;  It was initially part of Agriculture Livelihood Program (ALP) but when ALP finished in 2009 GoSI & AusAID decided to continue to support the cocoa sector: 2009- until June 2011; one more extension year was later added (2011-2012)  In the extension phase CLIP was placing a particular emphasis on “scaling up” its approach by intensifying what has worked well in the past.  expand the outreach of its partners (public and private) with improved and sustainable services, inputs;  facilitate copy-cat type of behaviour.
  4. 4. CLIP logic… Substantial increase in rural incomes for cocoa farmers Farmers increase in cocoa Increase in SI production exports Farmers Farmers improve Increase in quality of cocoa productivity Increase use of Upgrade quality Increase Improve processing marketing planting application facilities activities materials of IPDM, rehabilitation
  5. 5. Southern Africa:Seeds and Markets Project Project  The three year (2010-2013) $3.6m SDC funded project aims to improve availability and access to quality seeds across three countries in Southern Africa (Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Lesotho) through piloting a number of interventions in input and output markets and accelerate pro-poor growth: Community Seed Production , Seed Fairs, Agro-dealer strengthening and Contract Farming.  These interventions, once tested and proven successfully, will contribute to “improved seed security strategies and policies being adopted in the region”.  The project works with the private and public sector, especially government departments and International Agricultural Research centers involved in seed research and production and agricultural extension and the private sector players in the seed and agriculture crop commodity contract growing.  Through its activities SAMP intends to reach over 24,000 small farmers and SMEs by end of the project, June 2013.
  6. 6. What is the projects approach tomeasuring results:  Both embarked on the use of DCED Standard (early 2011 CLIP, mid 2011 SAMP)  Both followed the “Process” Standard in RM  Both had a pre-audit (on compliance with the DCED Standard) conducted (March 2012 CLIP, May 2012 SAMP)
  7. 7. Steps in Measuring results – “the process”1. Articulate Result chains for each intervention2. Define Indicators of change3. Predict Change in indicators4. Developing a Plan to MR5. Collecting data and Estimating Attributable Change A Process6. Analyze and Report Results Standard7. Learn, Use and Improve……. ( and when needed back to 1.)7
  8. 8. Results Measurement System in action Event Process External 8
  9. 9. The Results for each on… The use of the DCED Standard The impact benefits achieved
  10. 10. Cocoa Livelihood ImprovementProject (CLIP) RM Systemhighlights  CLIP had a logframe but also designed 7 RCs for its interventions in input and outputs markets that “mirror” , though in much more details, the logframe.  The process to use the Standard started in 2009 – 2010.  The M&E System , based on the DCED Standard, was finalised in early 2011  CLIP worked closely with the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock including involving them from the very beginning in developing the project M&E system
  11. 11. Key DCED element in CLIP: Predictingchanges  CLIP developed its predictions for the project key indicators in 2011 (once the system was put in place)  Staff was aware of what they had to achieve and what was their contribution to change  Through its activities, by June 2012 CLIP has contributed to an accumulated additional income increase of nearly $1.8 million (2011+2012) for over 2,800 farmers who sell wet beans, providing full time labour equivalents in employment (FTE) for over 370 people in 2011 and over 1,000 in 2012.  Additional production of wet beans (due to CLIP) will increase from over 1,200 tonnes in 2011 to over 2,700 tonnes in 2012. At the same time, additional production of dry beans (due to CLIP farmers buying and selling dry beans to exporters and traders) will increase from over 560 tonnes in 2011 to over 1,200 tonnes in 2012.
  12. 12. Key DCED element in CLIP: Clarifying what each interventionwants to achieve from activities to impact : use of Result ChainsImpact at Poverty Increase in income Increase in employment Enterprise level Increase in yields, production(competitiveness) Farmers use quality seeds appropriately Other Farmers are influenced by during cultivation benefited farmers and use quality seeds Support Market Farmers get information from Outcome trained retailers on benefits and usage of quality seeds Seed retailers who are more knowledgeable on benefits Other Seed retailers seek and usage of quality seeds share this information with training on benefits and Support Market their client farmers usage of quality seeds Outputs Seed retailers trained on benefits and usage of quality seeds Seed company assisted in preparing training module Activities Identification of a seed company interested in providing training to 12 retailers
  13. 13. The Results in CLIP…  Has the approach worked?  Have the targets been achieved?
  14. 14. Results: but credible resultsThe use of DCED made CLIP offer credible results to donor(AusAID) and other stakeholders:  CLIP would have needed more time to fully institutionalise the M&E System. Only one year was not enough (2011 to 2012).  The team ( + 2 M&E advisers), have worked tirelessly to have a robust M&E system in such a short time. And the results are impressive:  By 2012 more than 7,845 farmers and other enterprises reached against target of 2,800 (+180% above the target)  More than half (+4,300) were copy-cat farmers  By 2012 $14.9 million of income increase achieved against target of $1.8 million cumulatively (8 times the target).  By 2012, 3,493 full time equivalent new jobs per annum are estimated to be created against target of 1,000 (3 times the target).  These results are expected to double by end of 2014. (CLIP reached the “tipping point”)
  15. 15. Results: involving MAL in M&E created thefirst steps that lead to institutionalization ofmeasuring results in MAL  Steps: 1. Mentoring MAL during project implementation combined with more formal M&E trainings for MAL Officers in 2012. 2. A further training course (TOT) was conducted for the next line of extension officers and trainers in the last week of May 2012.  …The principles of M&E were much appreciated by the officers who indicated that they will use it as a tool for implementing their projects and programs. …..CLIP Final report July 2012 states that “M&E is currently institutionalised in the extension service, not only for cocoa but for all other crops and activities”.
  16. 16. Auditing the system: pre- audit A DCED pre audit was conducted in March 2012 looking at 8 compliance criteria from the DCED Standard (www.enterprise–development.org) “Overall, CLIP has a system in place that is partially compliant with the DCED Standard for results measurements.” 47% of the “Must” control points fully compliant; 47% partially compliant and only 5% non-compliant” CLIP project ended; so no full audit will take place, however if MAL continues with using the system, then maybe an audit for MAL might be conducted
  17. 17. Seeds and Markets Project (SAMP) Southern Africa SAMP (2010-2013) works with partners that provide inputs and services to enterprises as their main activity, sector associations, NGOs, input companies and wholesalers, large companies, and government institutions. SAMP had a logframe but needed to be re-designed to better respond to the DCED approach. SAMP has designed over 10 interventions so far in Community Seed Production, Seed Fairs, Agro-dealer strengthening and Contract Farming. The SAMP embarked on the DCED approach in mid 2011
  18. 18. Key DCED element in SAMP: Clarifying the logic 18
  19. 19. Key element of the DCED Standard in SAMP:Aggregating results across interventions Intervention result chain 1 2 …6 SAMP overall Logic
  20. 20. Key DCED element : track and measure eachintervention…not just the portfolio  Key factor that made this possible? Use of DCED Standard meant …measuring results in each intervention, report, learn and taking corrective action..  Pilot intervention, if successful (results achieved..) scale it up, if not, abandon  The process put in place using the DCED offered credible results on time for staff to decide and take action  “…. If it is not producing (based on the measurement system) what was planned do not invest anymore”  “Venture capital” approach
  21. 21. The Results in SAMP…  Has the approach worked?  Have the targets been achieved?
  22. 22. Results: but credible resultsThe use of DCED made SAMP offer credible results todonor (SDC) and other stakeholders:  By end of 2012 over 10,000 farmers and other enterprises reached against target of 12,000 (20% below the target)  By end of 2012, 4,400 farmers were involved in contract farming These farmers planted nine different crops on over 2,000ha across the SAMP sites harvesting a combined crop tonnage of over 390MT against a combined target of 774MT (+100% above the target); $138 income per farmer (almost breakeven)  In Zim 454 farmers were involved in growing of various seeds crops , 50ha (against a target of 65 ha) produced 27MT of seeds (200% below the target 75MT due to poor soil moisture during the growing season); $47 additional income per farmer.  In Swaziland 19 farmers were involved in growing of various seeds crops , 17ha produced 34MT of seeds (target reached); $826 additional income per farmer  Over 5,000 farmers were involved in selling outputs through the dealers and seed fairs, with an average additional income of $150.
  23. 23. Results: private sector, NGOs interestedin the DCED Standard for their internaluse  Results chains are a useful management tools for both the private sector and NGO sector
  24. 24. Auditing the system: pre- audit  A pre-audit was conducted in March 2012 looking at 8 compliance criteria from the DCED Standard (www.enterprise–development.org)  “Overall, SAMP has a system in place that is partially compliant with the DCED Standard for results measurements.”  25% of the “Must” control points are fully compliant,  65% partially compliant.  Only 10% (two control point 1.3 Staff familiarity and 4.2. Contribution of publicly funded programs) is non-compliant.  SAMP is currently addressing the issues and aims for a full audit in November 2013