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IFAD | Independent Office Of Evalution | Investing in rural people
ISS‌UE No 15, DECember 20‌16
ARRI 2016
Impact Evaluation of the Sofala Bank Artisanal Fisheries Project, Republic of Mozambique
The Sofala Bank Artisanal Fisheries Project was an important milestone in the development of the artisanal fishery sector in Mozambique. This is attributed to its integrated livelihood approach, which delivered tangible results beyond fishery development in remote and complex fishing areas. The project had remarkable impacts at the household, institutional and policy levels. This includes better incomes and assets among beneficiaries, enhanced human and social capital, improved access to social and market infrastructures, as well as better participation in grass-roots institutions and in particular in savings and credit groups. 
However, more could have been done to achieve greater results and impacts. Despite the key role that women play in the fishery value chain, the project design did not include a strategy for gender mainstreaming, thus constraining results on gender equality and women’s empowerment. The support to market access remained mainly confined to developing infrastructure and improving post-harvesting practices. In particular, the inadequate attention to private sector linkages and engagement, business counselling services, and marketing of fishing products limited wider impact and transformation of the artisanal communities. 
Using Innovative Approaches to Development Evaluation
The Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD is organizing an international conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Evaluation (ICT4Eval), which sets out to explore vital questions in the context of conducting evaluations of strategies and programmes that contribute to rural transformation.
Webinar video now available
Missed the live webinar, "How IFAD promotes learning to developing partners in the field?" You can now access the complete video recording online in our YouTube video channel.
IOE now on social media
IOE recently launched two social media accounts dedicated to evaluation: @IFADeval on Twitter and IFADEval YouTube video channel. Follow us for regular evaluation news and updates.
IFAD's Decentralization Experience
Corporate-level Evaluation
Democratic Republic of the Congo: Agricultural Rehabilitation Programme in Orientale Province
Project Performance Evaluation
Smallholder Access to Markets
Evaluation Synthesis Report
Republic of the Philippines: Rural Microenterprise Promotion Programme
Project Performance Evaluation
For 2017, IFAD will be the chair of the Evaluation Cooperation Group (ECG) of multilateral development banks and will host the June and November meetings. The meetings are held to discuss and share experiences on current evaluation issues. The ECG was established in 1996 to promote a more harmonized approach to evaluation methodology. The purpose is to contribute to excellence in evaluation by promoting mutual learning and sharing of experience on issues such as evaluation governance, tools, methods, products and management, increased contribution of evaluation to organizational results, adoption of good practices and benchmarking against these; and facilitating jointly conducted evaluations.
African Development Bank 2016 Evaluation Week
At the 2016 Evaluation Week of the African Development Bank, held in Cote d’Ivoire on 7-11 November, Oscar A. Garcia, Director of the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD, participated as a panellist in a discussion on Strengthening Agriculture and Food Security. 
Evaluation Cooperation Group - Fall Meeting
Oscar A. Garcia, IOE Director, and Fabrizio Felloni, IOE Deputy Director, participated in the December 2016 meeting of the Evaluation Cooperation Group (ECG). The event was hosted by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), in its capacity as ECG Chair 2016, at its headquarters in London, from 30 November to 2 December. Mr Garcia lead a session on evaluation work in field offices with support from EBRD and the World Bank Group and delivered a presentation on IOE’s experience in the context of the recently completed corporate-level evaluation on IFAD’s Decentralization Experience.

2016 Annual Country Visit - Director IOE part of the IFAD delegation that visited Brazil

Members of the Executive Board and senior staff of IFAD travelled to Brazil from 21 to 25 November 2016 to visit the Semi-arid Sustainable Development Project in the State of Piauí (Projeto Viva o Semi-Árido) - co-funded by IFAD and the Brazilian Government - and to meet with high-level government officials, representatives of the United Nations system in Brazil and other international financial institutions working in the country. Oscar A. Garcia, Director of the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE) was one of the high officials who accompanied the delegation. Mr Garcia delivered a presentation on the IOE Country Programme Evaluation of IFAD-supported operations in Brazil.
Season's Greetings
As 2016 comes to a close, IOE would like to express sincere appreciation to IFAD Management and staff, members of the Executive Board and Evaluation Committee, representatives from partner governments, colleagues from the United Nations and international financial institutions, academic institutions, civil societies and other partners for the continued support and collaboration. We look forward to working closely with you in the coming year. We wish you a very happy Holiday Season and a New Year filled with peace and prosperity.
The Independent Office of Evaluation (IOE) conducts evaluations of IFAD-financed policies, strategies and operations to promote accountability and learning.
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