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Main points raised during "Achievements in 2008" plenary

Posted by lucielamour Monday, March 2, 2009

The following are some of the main points raised during the plenary session on "Achievements from 2008":

  • Need to better communicate IFAD successes
  • There are major factors affecting the financial system
  • Need to clarify role of PDs
  • Improvement/quality of proposal design: recommend that IFAD seeks more participation of local agencies at design level
  • Inclusiveness: local people are critical for implementation
  • Targeting: what are the approaches and tools used
  • Ownership of project management
  • Consistency of support to project managers
  • Procedures: integration of procedure, harmonizing
  • Still learning about direct supervision, only one-year since taken over
  • The procurement process system needs to be more flexible, simplified
  • Need clear guidelines for projects from IFAD
Ron Hartman responded to the above issues:
  • Communicating success: We are reporting and learning but there is still more to do. We also need to communicate failures, not just successes
  • Agrees re. financial system. Issues with RIMS on top of problematic M&E but these are indicators that IFAD needs. Direct supervision has opened our eyes (rating scales)
  • Role of PD: influencing policy. Direct role in facilitating evidence based-policy influence, in issues where we have an impact
  • Agrees that development should be demand-led and project design more open-ended. Will try to continue to respond to this. Agrees that enhanced ownership and participation contribute to project quality
  • Targeting: there are a number of different approaches, specific to project locality and nature
  • We are obliged to work through national systems, should be addressed in designing, harmonization of procurement procedures, which is a challenge
  • Follow up on direct supervision: improve country involvement, implementation support and capacity building on harmonizing approaches
  • Implementation manual: delays in conceptual design to make it implementable, it is a challenge
Comments from Nigel Brett regarding procurement:
  • Know we need to improve, there was an internal audit and the findings were not good
  • Need to take more care in procurement in next 12 months
  • Have a long way to go, reaction time to processing time
  • Need assistance from you: it takes need 30 days to process so the sooner we get it, the faster it will be. We also need to have the full documentation
  • Are aware that there isn't enough dedicated staff to procurement, will bolster numbers in 2009
  • It will improve, so bear with us!