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IFAD’s CSPE Mission kicks off

IFAD's CSPE Mission

 

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) through its Independent Office of Evaluation formally started their Country Strategy and Programme (CSPE) Evaluation Mission with a meeting yesterday, March 31, 2016.
The CSPE Mission aims to assess the results and performance of IFAD-financed strategy and programme in the Philippines and generate findings and recommendations for the future IFAD-GOP partnership for enhanced development effectiveness. This includes the CHARMP2, NMCIREMP, RuMEPP and RAFPEP.
During the meeting, challenges in project implementation and remarkable aspects contributing to project success were identified. Among the challenges encountered were 1) Some local government units (LGU) are not cooperative, 2) Project design of credit facility, 3) unresolved policy issues in project design specifically cost-sharing scheme, and 4) confirmation of Asian Development Bank’s contribution. These challenges have delayed the project implementation for almost 3 years.
These, however, did not hold back the project from meeting its global targets due to the unusual support of concerned LGU. Abra PCO Dr. Rosemarie Tesoro noted that the provincial and municipal LGUs are supportive in providing counterparts particularly in RID subprojects and in detailing/assigning staff who will accompany the CHARM staff in monitoring activities. Benguet PCO Mr. Gabriel Pacio added that their LGU are receptive. This helped in the fast implementation of projects in the province. Accordingly, they always comply and submit necessary documents requested by the Project on time.
Aside from the strong partnership with LGU, the Project’s multi-component design is also crucial in attaining the Project’s objectives. Project Manager Dr. Cameron Odsey explained that as a package of investments, it responds to a more number of needs by the beneficiaries resulting to greater impact. Its participatory approach, although took some time, has ensured that the agricultural projects implemented beneficiaries are really their priority needs.
When asked if they have across beneficiaries who are asking projects that cannot be funded by CHARMP2, SMPIPLT Coordinator Dr. Aida Pagtan said that the Project’s menu is focused on agricultural projects which was informed to its beneficiaries since the start of the Project.
Initial outcomes and impacts of project implemented were also taken during the half-day meeting. These will be verified with project stakeholders during the scheduled field visits in Benguet, Mountain Province and Kalinga. Today, the CSPE Mission Team is already in Bayabas, Sablan to conduct dialogue with Project stakeholders and have site visits of some projects implemented in CHARM1 and CHARM2.//Janice Agrifino

 


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