IFADAfrica - Zambia country experience progress report
ZAMBIAPresented by: Jasper HatwiindaOverview Three Projects Represented Rural Finance Programme Smallholder Livestock Development Project Smallholder Agro Processing and Value Addition ProgrammeCategories 1. Policy Dialogue 2. M&E and learning enhancement 3. Implementation supportPolicy DialoguePlanned1. Influence policy change/policy formulation through dialogue forums and participation sessions.What was implemented1. Process of Writing of the RF Policy document (No Consolidated National RF Policy) Rural Finance Scoping Study (Bank of Zambia, AMIZ, MACO and ZNFU) Finalised the Key Issues and Research into the Adequacy of Existing Policies for Rural Finance. Stakeholder workshop to share results completed Contracting of International Consultant to draft the Zambia RF Policy Consolidation of RF Policy Development Sharing Platforms (QRC, PRG, FSDP (Bank of Zambia driven, Financial Sector Monitoring Meetings – Chair is Minister of Finance) Stakeholder Exchange Visits (Tanzania and Uganda).2. Enhanced Policy Influence in Cassava Value Chain(Relatively Poor Commercialization of Cassava) Initial policy dialogue meeting complete with the Cassava Sector Development Committee
Explored TOR for GRZ buy-in into new knowledge on Cassava Commercialization Initiated TOR to conduct a scoping study to establish Gaps, Current Status and Roll out on Cassava Value Chain project implementation. Explored TOR for GRZ buy-in into new knowledge on Cassava Commercialization3. Mainstreaming Gender in livestock production Set up a multi sector committee skilled in livestock production, farm management, agriculture economist, veterinary from GRZ, NGOs, Private sector, Farmers, PCU. Completed a 10 day workshop to consolidate the Manuals for Extension staff.Implementation SupportPlanned1. Support to Programme Start up and Ownership at Line Ministry level (MACO and MLFD)2. Quality Control in Programme Delivery.3. Improved transparency and accountability of ECF vaccination feesWhat was implemented1. Support to Programme Start up and Ownership at Line Ministry level (MACO, MLFD, ZACMBA and Private companies in Food Processing) Participatory Planning workshop completed (MACO, MLFD, SAPP) Inclusion of additional Value Chain Commodities (Village Chicken and Mixed beans) TOR for the Technical Review Group initiated (Meeting of Subject matter specialists) Consolidation of the Project Steering Committee (inclusion of Poultry ssociation of Zambia, Cassava Sub Sector Committee, ZNFU, ZAM). Platforms for Sharing/increasing SAPP visibility completed PS and Directors for MACO and MLFD meetings completed District level MACO and MLFD awareness meetings TOR and information sharing avenues consolidated (Headquarters, Proviancial and District level)2. Quality Control in Programme Delivery
Consultative meetings with the Cassava Sector Development Committee completed Inclusion of the Cassava Sector Development Committee in the PSC4. Internal audit conducted whose results used to develop materal for workhop. Workshop held foeM&E and learning enhancementPlanned1. Increased sharing of information on project success and lessons learnt with beneficiaries and other interested stakeholders.2. Formation of M&E working group3. Roll out of KM&L at IA level, GRZ level and IFAD Country Office levelWhat was implemented1. Increased sharing of information on project success and lessons learnt with beneficiaries and other interested stakeholders. Documented 1 case study of Rural Finance Innovation and Outreach (part of the Annual Report, Circulated to AFRACA news letter, and MoFNP Newsletter). Produced documentary on Livestock Development and Disease Control in Zambia (documentary aired on National Broadcast).2. Roll out of KM&L at IA level, GRZ level and Country office level Formation of the National KM&L Working Group (MACO, MLFD and MoFNP) Participation of Implementing Agency in the Lusaka June 2011 workshop (Implementing 2 components of RFP programme VSLA and Innovation & Outreach (increased RF through honey value chain). Completed 1 National KM&L sharing workshop with MACO, MLFD, MoFNP leading to formation of the M&E Working Group (MACO, MLFD and MoFNP2. Formation of M&E working group Formation of M&E working group completed. TOR developed. Issues Raised document produced on M&E Capacity and functionality.
Why it worked well1. Utilisation of sharing platforms that were either already existing, or were created or consolidated. i.e. RFP (QRC, PRG, FSDP (Bank of Zambia driven, Financial Sector Monitoring Meetings – Chair is Minister of Finance). i.e. SAPP (the Cassava Sector Development Committee, the formation of the M&E working group) i.e. SLIP (the Provincial and District Steering Committees)2. Inclusion of all the relevant stakeholders in the planning and steering committee meetings.What did not work well1. Development of the Communication strategy.2. Completion of the Country Website.3. KM&L capacity building at Implementing Partner level.Why it did not work well1. Somewhat over ambitious.2. Slow start up programme activities.3. Capacity/Human resource not tapped.Challenges faced and strategies to overcome1. Most significant challenge was human resource/capacityFive Component perspective and way forwards1. Learning and adaptation2. Innovation3. Information management4. Learning oriented M&E5. Communication
Major Challenges and Gaps now are? How to create a culture of Knowledge sharing as we progress in making the KM&L functional How to analyse information for case study writing and documentation How to develop a communication strategy that allows for up and down information flow. How to package information for effective communication.