For IFAD, the country programs and projects are the main vehicle for improving the lives of the rural poor and learning lessons about what works and what does not work in fighting poverty. Within the framework of its regional strategy in Central and West Africa, IFAD considers the effective implementation of the projects as the basis of its efforts to help the rural poor and to carry out concrete impacts in the fighting poverty.
It consensually came out from some regional workshops (Cotonou 2002, Bamako 2005) organized with the participation of all IFAD funded project managers that the increasing weak project implementation mainly resulted from the weaknesses of the projects’ teams in management and at the meantime, the existing training schemes were inadequate compared to the needs of the projects.
The action plans worked out during these regional workshops put forward measures aiming to the improvement of projects capacities in management, and in particular the need for formulating a new programme of reinforcement of the capacities which can better timely address the needs of the projects. Thus, a new programme of Management Capacity Strengthening (MCSP) targeted the IFAD funded project managers was to satisfy the above requirements. This four years program is funded by an IFAD grant of 1,5 million dollars managed by West African Rural Foundation (WARF) and will target all IFAD projects in West and Central Africa region.
29 January 2008