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IFAD Annual Report 2012 − introducing the cheat sheet

Posted by Hazel Bedford Thursday, June 27, 2013


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Summer is the season of cheat sheets, as students around the world get into gear for exams. So I’ve developed  a cheat sheet for IFAD’s AR2012 that will break it up into bite-sized chunks, and might even whet your appetite for the main report.

The Annual Report is one of the places that staff, our Member States and partners go for key facts and figures. (You may not believe it, but people start trying to get their hands on it even before the preliminary GC draft is printed.) 

Here are some of the key numbers from AR2012. Remember, these are all correct as at 31 December 2012.
Let’s start with the big numbers:
  • 255 ongoing programmes and projects with an IFAD investment of US$5.3 billion and a total value of US$11.9 billion – up 50% from 2009
  • 33 new programmes and projects approved in 2012 with loans and DSF grants worth US$968 million
  • 88 new grants approved in 2012 worth US$69 million
  • Total IFAD loan and grants operations since 1978: US$14.7 billion
If you want the details behind those figures, or more information on the various types of cofinancing, disbursements or repayments – take a look at Table 1 and the graphics that go with it.
Now let’s break down the big numbers region by region.

West and Central Africa
  • 55 ongoing projects in 23 countries
  • US$966.7 million invested by IFAD in the region’s ongoing portfolio
  • 7 new programmes and projects for a total IFAD investment of US$250.8 million
East and Southern Africa
  •  56 ongoing projects in 18 countries
  •  US$1,368.7 million invested by IFAD in the region’s ongoing portfolio
  • 4 new programmes and projects for a total IFAD investment of US$108.0 million
Asia and the Pacific
  •  59 ongoing projects in 19 countries
  • US$1,592.8 million invested by IFAD in the region’s ongoing portfolio
  • 10 new programmes and projects for a total IFAD investment of US$328.4 million
Latin America and the Caribbean
  • 39 ongoing projects in 19 countries
  • US$574.1 million invested by IFAD in the region’s ongoing portfolio
  • 8 new programmes and projects for a total IFAD investment of US$149.6 million
Near East, North Africa and Europe
  • 46 ongoing projects in 18 countries and Gaza and the West Bank
  • US$787.7 million invested by IFAD in the region’s ongoing portfolio
  • 4 new programmes and projects for a total IFAD investment of US$70.1 million
But the Annual Report isn’t just about numbers. It’s also about issues, strategies and stories. If you want more of that kind of detail, go to the Programme of Work chapter. You’ll find a handy overview of issues in each region, key areas of work with results, and stories from the field. You’ll also see 2012 investments and disbursements by lending terms in the regional pie charts. If you want to know which countries we’re working in and where we have country offices, take a look at the map.

Don’t forget that you can use the online full version to search for anything you’re interested in using the simple Find command with a keyword. The full online version also contains individual summaries for all newly approved programmes, projects and large grants – worth a look if you want to keep up with new directions and developments.

The Financing Data and Resource Mobilization chapter is far from dry − every year the numbers tell a different story. This is where you’ll find the figures on the current shape of our portfolio, the 8th and 9th replenishments, supplementary funds, bilateral and multilateral cofinancing, support to the HIPC Debt Initiative and more.

Here’s a sample – again, remember that these figures are correct at 31 December 2012:
  • US$1,386 million pledged to IFAD9 – 92% of the target
  • US$42.7 million received in supplementary funds during 2012
  • US$653 million disbursed in loans and DSF grants during 2012
  • US$412 million provided in debt relief under HIPC to 33 countries
  • 71% of 2012 financing went to LIFDCs

If you’re looking for a super cheat sheet with graphics and pictures  - try the Highlights, which is just 12 pages long. It’s very portable for sharing with partners.

Finally, if you’ve found time to look at the main report, please take 5 minutes to fill in the AR survey – we’d like to hear your comments and ideas for next year.

And last but not least, a big thank you to everyone who worked on the Annual Report this year. If we had credits like in the movies, they would go on and on. The stars of the show are the determined rural women and men featured in the stories from the field. But we also have scores of people behind the scenes: focal points, writers, editors, translators, proofreaders, gaffers and best boys (and girls). We couldn’t do it without you!

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