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  • 1.  Annual performance review  WORKSHOP 1-4 March 2009 Bangkok, Thailand
  • 2. The role of grants in country programmes:
    • Improving linkages between loans and grants
    • (in the context of direct supervision)
    • Three parts:
    • Speed Dating 30 minutes
    • Relationship Building 40 minutes
    • Professional Counselling 20 minutes
  • 3. Speed Dating
    • Break into 2 types of groups:
    • loan projects (LPs) -- in country groups)
    • grant programmes (GPs) + CPMs, CPOs, KMFs, ENRAP, IFAD staff
    • (Card Exercise)  Both groups propose to each other:
    • “ What I can offer to you -- to make you love me”
    • 10 minutes to think of “proposals” (offers) and write on cards
    • (1 from each LP country group and 1 from each grant manager)
    • 20 minutes for both groups to present offers to each other
  • 4. Relationship Building
    • Break into 2 groups:
    • LPs (in country groups)
    • GP managers
    • “ Cupids” (CPOs / CPMs) will consult with LP country groups and relevant GPs about problems and solutions
    • (Card Exercise – 2 cards)
    • Challenges: “What makes me unsure about your offers?”
    • (either reacting to the offers or from past experiences with LP/GP interactions)
    • Possible Solutions: “How can we work to overcome challenges and build a happy relationship?”
  • 5. Professional Counseling
    • Panel of selected “cupids” (CPMs/CPOs) discuss challenges and solutions
    • How can direct supervision improve linkages between investment projects and grant programmes?  How will this result in more effective country programmes?
    • ** Contributions from the audience are encouraged ! **
  • 6. New IFAD Grant Policy
    • More strategic: linked to country/regional programme
    • More flexible
    • Focus on:
    • - TA
    • - Capacity Bld
    • - Research/Innovation
    • And
    • - Improve Knowledge dissemination :
    • - simplification of text x use of our beneficiaries (manuals; picture books x illiterate)
    • - translation into main local languages
  • 7. Grants to be approved April Board 09:
    • ICARDA: Programme on improving livelihoods of small farmers and rural women through value-added proceeding and export of cashmere, wool and mohair (Tajikistan; Kyrgyzstan; Iran)
    • CURE: Programme on enabling poor rice farmers to improve livelihoods and overcome poverty in South and SouthEast Asia through the Consortium for Unfavorable Rice Environment
    • SARCCAB: Support to Agr research for climate change adaptation (Bangladesh)
    • ICIMOD: Programme on livelihoods and ecosystem services in the Himalayas: enhancing adaptation capacity and resilience of the poor to climate and socio-economic changes (HK)