The first round of IFAD supervision missions in the five regions is just concluded

2013 has been the first year of the implementation of the SFOAP Main Phase. Between September and November 2013, Supervision Missions in the five regions were carried out by IFAD to critically review SFOAP implementation by the regional networks (RFOs) and their national member organizations, and progress against the recommendations of the previous supervision missions. Supervisions also aimed at providing any implementation support possibly needed by the RFOs and mapping out the domains in which further support might be needed.

The supervision mission teams were all composed of a Team Leader and a Financial management Consultant. A peer mission was also realized with the participation of staff from EAFF and PROPAC visiting the the Secretariat of ROPPA in Ouagadougou.

Visits were organised as follows;

  • PROPAC:  September 9 - 21, 2013. Visited countries: Cameroon, Chad
  • EAFF: October 13 - 25, 2013. Visited countries: Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda
  • ROPPA: September 30 - October 12, 2013. Visited countries: Mali, Burkina Faso, Togo
  • SACAU: November 4 - 16, 2013. Visited countries: South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland
  • UMAGRI-FERT:November 3 - 12, 2013. Visited countries: Tunisia, Morocco

During the missions, visits and meeting were coordinated with IFAD country programmes and SFOAP partners representatives (the European Union,  the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the Agence Française de Développement).

In terms of implemented activities, the first trimester of the year was devoted to the articulation of the financing agreements between IFAD and the supported RFOs, the PAFO and Fert. In the period between March and July the programme was launched at the continental and regional levels with the organisation of the SFOAP start-up (March 2013, Addis Ababa), and the regional start-up workshops respectively.

A key focus of activities was further on ensuring regional management support to implement the programme (e.g. by securing the staff in charge of the management of the Pilot Phase) and on the signature of the agreements between the regional networks and their members for sustained support to their institutional development. For the new programme component  on the provision of economic services, the year 2013 was instrumental to articulate and define  implementation arrangements at the regional level, while less emphasis was put on Component 2, regarding policy engagement, due to the need to focus on the start-up of the programme.

To learn more on the findings and recommendations from 2013  missions, please read the report from the supervisions in Eastern, Western, Central, Southern and Northern Africa.


Photo credit: Fanny Grandval

from 09/09/2013 to 12/11/2013
Thematic Areas: Access to Services, Capacity Building, Gender, Knowledge Management, Markets and Value chains, Monitoring and Evaluation, Natural resources, Policy Dialogue, Strategic planning / Communication, Other