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Strengthening Capacity for StrategicAgricultural Policy and Investment Planning and Implementation in Africa: Training Workshop Background, Goal and Objectives Samuel Benin Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi 11-13 April 2012
Strategic Analysis and Monitoring of CAADP • 4 nodes: managed by IFPRI, IITA, and Agricultural Performance in Africa ILRI and IWMI • Key partners: AUC/NPCA and RECs Knowledge Management, Capacity Strengthening, and Policy Communications support review and dialogue evidence- and outcome-based planning andimplementation of agricultural-sector policies and strategies in Africa
ReSAKSS Phase I (2007-2010)• Website (www.resakss.org), e-newsletter/blog (www.resakss.wordpress.com), and other social media (Facebook, twitter, Flickr): data, tools, analysis, news, knowledge products, and links to resources on CAADP implementation• Developed CAADP M&E framework and conduct data collection and analysis to monitor progress towards CAADP benchmark targets— published annually in a continental and three sub-regional flagship annual trends and outlook reports• Growth and investment analysis for the country CAADP compacts and technical reviews of the national agricultural investment plans• Provided technical assistance to establish country SAKSS nodes in Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, and Uganda.• Established a Working Paper and an Issue Brief series that analyzes key growth and poverty reduction issues in Africa• Trained several researchers, policy analysts, and development professionals on data collection and different topics related to agricultural policy analysis
Objective of ReSAKSS Phase II (2011-2015)• Establish and operationalize or strengthen country SAKSS nodes; depending on the country’s state in the CAADP process and readiness in setting a SAKSS
Approach• Depends strongly on the readiness of a country determined by the stage of the country in the CADDP process in addition to having funds allocated for the operations of the SAKSS – SAKSS-ready for those countries that have a functional SAKSS or have a NAIP and there is potential funding to cover or expand the operations of the SAKSS – SAKSS-sensitized for those countries that have advanced in the CAADP process (have a NAIP or signed a compact) – SAKSS-beginning for countries where the CAADP process is in the pre-compact stages or is yet to be launched.
Objective of Regional Workshops• Training on SAKSS concepts• Agricultural policy analysis and monitoring and evaluation• Launch capacity needs assessment work
Topics (see agenda)• Strategic analysis and research methods• Project management and M&E• Communications• Capacity (systems, human and institutional) needs assessment• Transformational leadership
Outputs and Expected Outcomes• Outputs – Country SAKSS architecture – Roadmap for country SAKSS and capacity building• Expected outcomes – SAKSS node managers and analysts will be equipped to help assess needs for improving the quality and utility of agricultural policy analysis and investment planning and implementation and M&E via the SAKSS
Follow-up to Workshop• Conduct capacity needs assessments and documentation – Within two months of workshops – ReSAKSS will work with in country-based consultants to carry out the assessments and produce individual country reports• Country SAKSS and capacity strengthening strategy – Within two to three months after completion of needs assessment – ReSAKSS managers to translate the findings and recommendations of the country assessments into an operational country SAKSS and capacity strengthening agenda for each country• Country SAKSS establishment and operation – ReSAKSS will provide technical assistance – ReSAKSS will work with country SAKSS to obtain direct funding for operations (pipeline: IFAD and Netherlands)