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The Douala Action Plan – A preliminary assessment


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The Douala Action Plan – A preliminary assessment, presented by Ulag Demirag, 01/12/2009 Accra - Ifad portofolio review workshop

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The Douala Action Plan – A preliminary assessment

  1. 1. Our Strategy To Support Results in West and Central Africa Regional IFAD Project Implementation Workshop Accra, Ghana 1 to 4 December 2009
  2. 2. We are on a “journey without maps” <ul><li>We think we know where we want to go, but are not sure how to get there. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Translated to our work… <ul><li>Results Management Framework: Based on experience, our best guess of the direction to take </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation: Along the way we have to adjust to the realities we encounter in the field </li></ul><ul><li>M&E: How we decide if we are moving forward or going around in circles </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge Management: Accelerated learning so we can progress more rapidly </li></ul>
  4. 4. Our results strategy must support teams to: <ul><li>Formulate best possible COSOPs and projects to start well </li></ul><ul><li>Design projects to allow constant innovation to respond to realities in implementation </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure that M&E is useful </li></ul><ul><li>Learn from each others’ experience </li></ul>
  5. 5. New RB-COSOPs and projects are carefully “setting the course” <ul><li>Capture contributions of existing projects (Congo, Nigeria) </li></ul><ul><li>Reflect adjustment in direction (Ghana CDD to Value Chains) </li></ul><ul><li>Identify emerging issues to explore (climate adaptation) </li></ul><ul><li>Decide issues better addressed by others (land tenure, trade) </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasize policy areas we can influence with our experience </li></ul>
  6. 6. Innovation: Do we hear the tree falling in the forest? <ul><li>Innovation needs to happen from villager to project to CPM </li></ul><ul><li>We need to assess how well standard project design supports innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Some projects (i.e.: Niger) are designed to support innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Balancing need for fiduciary integrity with flexibility to adjust to local reality </li></ul>
  7. 7. In M&E, we need to make sure that “the tail does not wag the dog” <ul><li>Move away from complicated and expensive MIS systems </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on efficient and useful AWPB and reports on inputs and outputs </li></ul><ul><li>Try different approaches to level 2/results monitoring </li></ul><ul><li>Combine indicators across projects and link to country priorities (i.e.: Mali, Benin) </li></ul><ul><li>Baseline studies as input to formulation (Congo, Mauritania) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Major KM challenge is to learn more from each other <ul><li>Workshops build larger regional community of practice </li></ul><ul><li>Increase share of FIDAfrique knowledge coming from users </li></ul><ul><li>Better linkage of regional grants to CPMTs/projects </li></ul><ul><li>Systematic communication of lessons from our work to influence policy/programs (i.e. Sierra Leone, FIDAction) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Our commitment: Provide CPMTs with the support you need for a successful journey towards rural poverty reduction in West and Central Africa