The Centre for Urban Research and Innovation attended the Eastern and Southern Africa Implementation Workshop 2015 held at Antananarivo Madagascar from 10th-13th November 2015. The ESA Regional Implementation workshops are held every 18 months within the region. This year’s 4 day workshop had the theme on Rural Transformation through Inclusive Growth and Private Sector Engagement.
Key players from IFAD and its projects in Eastern and Southern Africa attended the workshop. The objective of the workshop was to create a platform for projects, governments and IFAD staff to share ideas and experiences on improved implementation of projects and how IFAD projects can contribute more to rural transformation through inclusive growth and private sector engagement.
CURI was part of the workshop representing the Africa Association of Planning Schools that is currently undertaking a country case study of IFAD projects in 10 ESA Countries. The forum was an opportunity for the team to interact and connect with IFAD project members, to create new networks and share the information and validate some of the information gathered.
It was a stimulating event fostering innovating thinking that was set to improve IFAD’s implementation strategy and help provide solutions to challenges underlying current processes and programmes. The forum highlighted Eastern and Southern Africa’s key portfolio outcomes, policies and strategies for rural transformation and how to translate them into action, best practice cases in private to public partnerships and the ESA portfolio
Major discussions revolved around IFAD’s thematic lines of Financial Management, Monitoring and Evaluation Results Based Management, Implementation support & Partnerships, Gender and Youth, Knowledge Management & Communication and Climate Change and Environment with some discussions touching on specific factors such as Nutrition and Procurement. The workshop included field visits to various project sites where the attendees were able to familiarize themselves with happenings on the ground and relate them to activities in their home countries.
IFAD projects were encouraged to interact and engage with universities more in information sharing and knowledge management of their processes and products.