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Posted by Thomas Elhaut Wednesday, February 25, 2009 0 comments

Dear Project Managers, Regional Grants Managers, Regional Partners and colleagues,

In a few days we all converge on Thailand for the annual Portfolio Performance Management Workshop, and I really look forward to working with you there, once again.

We will now, however, meet in the midst of an acute financial and contagious economic crisis, a lurking food price crisis, continued challenges in adapting to climate change, a need for accelerated poverty reduction as well as enhanced rural and agricultural productivity growth. Also, 2015, the MDG targets year, is only a few years away from us. This makes the need for us to be more relevant, efficient and effective all the more pressing. The workshop will help us to continue enhancing our collective performance.

We will also meet just two weeks after IFAD completed its Eight Replenishment negotiations; and we will be able to celebrate that IFAD will have significantly more resources to help you in reducing more rural poverty, better, between 2010 and 2012.

I am excited to meet you soon and look forward to working with you in the next few days.

All the best and above all travel safely.

Kindest greetings.

Thomas Elhaut
Director, Asia and Pacific

Asia and the Pacific annual performance review workshop

Posted by Roxanna Samii Tuesday, February 24, 2009 0 comments

Date: 1-4 March 2009
Venue: Amari Watergate Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

Workshop objectives

The goal of the Asia and the Pacific annual performance workshop is to enhance the implementation and impact of IFAD-funded development interventions in the region.
The theme for this year’s event is supervision and implementation support.

Workshop participants include:

  • Country partners
  • Government representatives
  • Members of the civil society
  • Regional partners
  • Cooperating institutions
  • IFAD staff

The workshop the opportunity to:

  • discuss important design and implementation issues
  • new initiatives and thematic areas (such as food prices and climate change)
  • build relationships with peers and colleagues
  • create networks to share good practices, knowledge and experiences.

Expected outcomes:

  • participants will have developed a deeper understanding of important supervision and implementation issues and also about new thematic areas such as food prices and climate change
  • IFAD has understood and recorded participant views on common portfolio strengths and weaknesses
  • participants will have identified solutions to common problems and formulated recommendations to improve direct supervision and performance for IFAD’s Asia and the Pacific Division portfolio
  • participants will have identified and documented good practices in implementation support and supervision and for replication and scaling-up
  • participants will have built relationships with peers and other regional partners
    participants will have built the foundation for knowledge sharing networks allowing them to systematically share good practices and rural development knowledge

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