IFAD Annual Report 2014: Cheat sheet

Find out more about the annual report 2014 on
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I’ve been writing an Annual Report cheat sheet for a couple of years now and people tell me they find it useful. So here’s the potted version of AR2014 key facts and figures.

These are the big numbers, correct as at 31 December 2014:
  • 224 ongoing programmes and projects with an IFAD investment of US$5.4 billion and a total value of US$12.3 billion 
  • 26 new programmes and projects approved in 2014 with loans, DSF grants and ASAP grants worth US$713.4 million 
  • 64 new grants approved in 2013 worth US$51 million 
  • The target for IFAD10 was agreed at US$1.44 billion. 
At the time of publication (June 2015), total IFAD loan and grants approved since 1978 were worth nearly US$16.6 billion and the programmes and projects we support had reached about 445 million people.

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 2, IFAD at a glance, on page 48.

Here's the breakdown of the numbers region by region.

West and Central Africa
  • 47 ongoing projects in 22 countries 
  • US$1,076.5 million invested by IFAD in the region’s ongoing portfolio 
  • 6 new programmes and projects for a total IFAD investment of US$157.8 million 

East and Southern Africa
  • 43 ongoing projects in 17 countries 
  • US$1,212.9 million invested by IFAD in the region’s ongoing portfolio 
  • 4 new programmes and projects for a total IFAD investment of US$94.9 million 

Asia and the Pacific
  • 56 ongoing projects in 20 countries 
  • US$1,752.8 million invested by IFAD in the region’s ongoing portfolio 
  • 8 new programmes and projects for a total IFAD investment of US$269.5 million 

Latin America and the Caribbean
  • 42 ongoing projects in 21 countries 
  • US$617.4 million invested by IFAD in the region’s ongoing portfolio
  • 1 new project for a total IFAD investment of US$4.0 million 

Near East, North Africa and Europe
  • 36 ongoing projects in 18 countries and Gaza and the West Bank 
  • US$698.2 million invested by IFAD in the region’s ongoing portfolio 
  • 7 new programmes and projects for a total IFAD investment of US$187.3 million 

Not just numbers 

The Annual Report isn’t just about numbers, however. It’s also about issues, strategies and stories. The Programme of Work chapter gives an overview of the current main priorities in each region and key areas of work with results. Pie charts for each region show 1978-2014 investments and disbursements by lending terms.

2014 was a busy year for IFAD on the international policy dialogue and advocacy front. The Major Initiatives and New Programmes chapter gives our main messages and achievements in areas such as the post-2015 agenda, nutrition, indigenous people and work with young people.

If you're interested in the details of all the new programmes and projects, all newly approved programmes, projects and large grants are summarized on the AR CD-ROM. We also give a link to projects in the pipeline page if you want to keep ahead of the game.

To see which countries we’re working in and where we have country offices, take a look at the map. And last but not least, read the stories from the field in the Programme of Work chapter and learn about our work on the ground.

Don’t forget, if you want more than this one-page cheat sheet, there are plenty of other options.

If you’re the kind of person who reads big fat tomes, you’ll want the full 174-page report (which includes a wealth of information and detail, including all new programmes, the Financial Statements and more). If you prefer something more succinct, try the 64-page print report. It has all the key info, the pictures, the stories and the graphics.

Shorter still are the Annual Report Highlights at just 12 pages, but still including stories and pictures. 

I’d like to close with a big thank you to the many people who have contributed to AR2014.

It’s a team as big as a film crew: the focal points who provide the info – coordinating input from their own colleagues, including CPMs and regional economists – and give feedback and guidance during drafting, those who write their own sections, the people who give us the numbers, directors who give support and clearance, the production teams in the four languages, the production coordinator, the editor, the photo editor, the sub-editor, the translators, the in-house and external designers, the editorial assistant, the proofreaders and the webteam. Everyone has contributed a huge amount and I hope you will all be happy with the end result.

As usual, we’re launching the Annual Report on social media. If you want to join the conversation, take a look at our Facebook page and follow us on twitter with the hashtag #ifadar. Please tweet your favourite quotes and facts and figures to your followers.