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.
Some regional workshops 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.
A new programme of Management Capacity Strengthening (MCSP) targeting project managers was designed to satisfy the above requirements. This four years programme is managed and coordinated by West African Rural Foundation (FRAO - WARF).
On 8 March 2006, IFAD and WARF signed a grant agreement of USD1 500 million to meet the recurrent demand of project staff in terms of training. See the agreement report on IFAD website (pp. 40-46)
Both parties agreed to pursue the partnership set since July 2005. Through this programme, IFAD aims to provide sustainable solutions to the scarcity of competent staffs in the sub regions of West and Central Africa.