The Gambia will this year host the 7th Regional Forum for IFAD-funded Projects from 12th to 15th, November 2012.
According to Ms Mpouma Logmo Geraldine,
communication consultant of IFAD - International Fund for Agricultural
Development – about 300 delegates comprising representatives from IFAD-funded
projects in West and Central Africa, governments’ representatives and NGOs
working with IFAD. The delegates will
discuss among others things how to continuously improve the performance of IFAD-funded
projects and grants in terms of relevance, effectiveness, and efficiency.
|Ms Mpouma Logmo Geraldine|
This year’s theme: ‘Result-based management for sustaining rural poverty reduction: lessons learned and challenges’, reflects IFAD and Governments' determination to fulfill their promise to deliver better results that positively touches the lives of the rural poor.
Ms Geraldine said objectives of the annual forum, hosted by Gabon last year, include highlighting and sharing the knowledge, experience and lessons that have evolved during the project implementation period, including areas of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and the threats to further and sustained progress.
She said the forum will give the delegates the opportunity to discuss the experiences of selected successful projects so as to learn how they effectively linked and enhanced the relationship between inputs, interventions, outputs to achieve the expected results and impacts.
“To achieve the expected outcomes, a dynamic and interactive environment will be created to share experiences and project results,” she said. “The process will build fully on the open, lively interaction and debate among participants in a least formal way in order to create the most fruitful learning atmosphere. Therefore maximum time is given to discussions in working groups and plenary to thresh out issues in depth and to advance the conceptual thinking and share practical know-how.”
The annual regional forum is an important knowledge-sharing event, which enables IFAD-funded projects, and development partners from the region to meet, network and share experiences and review performance with the objective of improving the lives of the rural poor.