IFAD Annual Report and Highlights 2016 – cheat sheet

By Hazel Bedford, Coordinator of the Annual Report

IFAD’s Annual Report and Highlights for 2016 have just been published. People from across the organization have contributed and the report contains a wealth of information on the year’s work and results – stories, facts, figures and analysis.

This short blogpost is a cheat sheet, giving you all the big numbers from the main report, plus some tasters from the stories.

All the numbers are correct as at 31 December 2016. Here’s a snapshot of the ongoing portfolio and new approvals during the year.
  • 211 ongoing programmes and projects funded by IFAD in partnership with 97 governments. 
  • IFAD’s investment in the ongoing portfolio was worth US$6.0 billion. 
  • Domestic contributions and external cofinancing for the ongoing portfolio amounted to US$7.3 billion
  • The total ongoing Programme of Work amounted to US$13.4 billion. 
  • 24 new programmes and projects were approved in 2016 funded by loans, DSF grants and ASAP grants worth US$823.2 million 
  • 53 new grants were approved in 2016 worth US$56.9 million
The AR map in the front cover of the main report shows ongoing projects by region and by country. It also shows ICOs – both operational (40) and planned (4) − and proposed subregional hubs (8).

At the time of publication of AR2016 (June 2017), total IFAD loan and grants approved since 1978 were worth US$18.5 billion and the programmes and projects we support had reached about 464 million people.

Here are the portfolio management highlight numbers by region (from the Programme of work chapter):

West and Central Africa
  • 41 ongoing projects in 23 countries 
  • US$1,244.4 million invested by IFAD in the region’s ongoing portfolio 
  • New investments of US$76.5 million approved in 2016 for a new project in Mauritania, and additional financing for ongoing projects in Cabo Verde, Niger and Sao Tome and Principe 
  • 1 new results-based country strategic opportunities programme (RB-COSOP) for Nigeria 
East and Southern Africa
  • 44 ongoing projects in 17 countries 
  • US$1,471.0 million invested by IFAD in the region’s ongoing portfolio 
  • New investments of US$232.9 million in 5 new programmes and projects in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, and additional financing for 1 ongoing project in Madagascar 
  • 4 new RB-COSOPs for Burundi, Ethiopia, Malawi and Tanzania 
Asia and the Pacific
  • 61 ongoing projects in 21 countries 
  • US$2,052.5 million invested by IFAD in the region’s ongoing portfolio 
  • New investments of US$184.2 million in 5 new programmes and projects in Cambodia, India, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (2 projects) and Viet Nam, and additional financing for ongoing projects in Mongolia and the Philippines 
  • 3 new RB-COSOPs in China, Indonesia and Pakistan 
Latin America and the Caribbean
  • 31 ongoing projects in 18 countries 
  • US$511.2 million invested by IFAD in the region’s ongoing portfolio 
  • New investments of US$142.1 million in 8 new programmes and projects in Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guyana, Nicaragua and Peru 
  • 3 new RB-COSOPs for Argentina, Brazil and Colombia 
Near East, North Africa and Europe
  • 34 ongoing projects in 18 countries 
  • US$754.2 million invested by IFAD in the region’s ongoing portfolio 
  • New investments of US$139.1 million in 5 new programmes and projects in Djibouti, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Republic of Moldova and Tunisia, and additional financing for an ongoing project in Sudan 
  • 1 new RB-COSOP for Turkey 
Not just numbers
The Annual Report is more than just numbers. Read the stories from the field and hear from some of the rural women and men that IFAD invests in. In Nigeria, young farmer Peter Okonkwo has doubled his yields as a result of the Value Chain Development Programme. In Madagascar, IFAD has enabled rural residents to gain legal rights to their land. A TV soap opera in Laos – My Happy Family – has spread the word about good nutrition for children and adults. In a remote and arid region of Brazil, a cooperative run by women is making money processing wild and native fruits. In the West Bank, a young couple who cultivate strawberries have used a loan to increase greenhouse planting space, enabling them to sell early for the highest prices.

The Major Initiatives chapter summarizes IFAD’s engagement during the year in policy processes and dialogue on global and regional issues, including the SDGs, climate change, nutrition and more. The chapter also covers our work on impact assessment, knowledge management and significant issues such as SSTC, PARM, country-level policy engagement and indigenous peoples.

If you're interested in the details of new approvals, all newly approved programmes, projects and large grants are summarized in the Summary of 2016 programmes, projects and grants chapter. This chapter and three others (Organization, Membership and Representation; Publications in 2016; Financial Statements) are available on the USB memory stick included in the back cover of the print report.

I’d like to close with a BIG THANK YOU to the many people who have contributed to AR2016: the focal points who pull together the information and give guidance during the writing phase, those who write their own sections, the key people who give us the numbers and the directors who give support and clearance. Then from the production phase, 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 and the proofreaders. And last but not least, the COM colleagues who helped with the launch. Everyone has contributed a huge amount and I hope you will all be happy with the end result. Feel free to send suggestions for next year – work starts in September.

As usual, we’re launching the Annual Report and Highlights on social media. Take a look at our Facebook page, Instagram and join the conversation on Twitter. Use the hashtag #IFADar and tweet your favourite quotes, facts and figures to your followers.