ASARECA, ECAATP countries develop Monitoring Framework

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Dr. Warinda guides participnats to develop ECAATP Theory of Change

ASARECA convened a three-day regional Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) workshop of all Eastern and Central Africa Agriculture Project (ECAATP) member countries to harmonize the Results Framework and Theory of Change for the project. The workshop, which targeted mainly the M&E focal persons and national coordinators, comprehensively reviewed ECAATP indicators, set indicator targets, harmonized tools for baseline studies and developed a comprehensive Project Monitoring Plan (PMP).

Addressing participants, ASARECA Theme Leader for the Knowledge and Information Hub, Dr. Enock Warinda, said successes gained during the predecessor project, the Eastern Africa Agricultural Productivity Project (EAAPP) had raised the bar for ECAATP, with many partners coming on board to play various roles.

“Therefore, to ensure smooth takeoff and successful implementation of ECAATP, ASARECA, the Regional Centres of Leadership (RCoLs) and the National Centres of Specialisation (NCoS), must develop a sound Theory of Change and Results Framework. The Theory of Change must be aligned to the ECAAT Project Development Objective (DPO) and the associated indicators in the four components,” Dr. Warinda noted.

ASARECA Interim Executive Secretary, Dr. Cyprian Ebong, highlighted that the philosophy behind ECAATP PDO and attendant components is the attainment of technology and market led transformation.

The objectives of the meeting were to:

  1. Develop and finalize the ECAATP overall (master) Results Framework and Theory of Change.

  2. Develop country-specific Results Frameworks based on the overall Theory of Change.

  3. Review and develop comprehensive descriptors for each of the selected indicators.

  4. Develop comprehensive Performance Monitoring Plans (PMP) and other associated tools required for data collection for each of the harmonized indicators.

  5. Develop harmonized Baseline Study instruments/protocols.

  6. Provide initial capacity building/training on data collection and other related aspects.

  7. Brainstorm on ECAATP Communication and Knowledge Management Strategy as a framework for communication, reporting impact stories, and application of geo-enabling instruments for collection and analysis data.

The Eastern and Central Africa Agricultural Transformation Programme (ECAATP) is a second phase of EAAPP, which was implemented from 2009 to 2015 in four Eastern African countries;  Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia. Under ECAATP, the participating countries include: Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya, Republic of Congo (ROC), Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. ECAATP covers a wider scope compared to EAAP and seeks to go beyond interventions that enhance agricultural productivity to encompass agricultural transformation.

ECAATP focuses on transformation of agriculture to improve the effectiveness of the sector in raising incomes, reducing poverty, improving nutrition outcomes, addressing the challenges of changing climate, fostering regional integration of markets for food commodities and products, and providing better jobs.

ASARECA is in charge of coordinating regional implementation of ECAATP to ensure sharing of benefits across the borders of participating countries. The M&E and Knowledge Management system is anticipated to guide operational and performance monitoring as inputs into adaptive program management and accountability.

According to Dr. Warinda, the system is expected to operate at three distinct levels:

  1. Assess the ability of ECAATP to adjust to the demands of the implementing countries in terms of availing tested TIMPs for scaling up, leading to sustaining the agricultural transformation momentum by building on the gains and embracing the lessons to delivery, results and impact.

  2. Examine and report how effectively the implementing countries, including the RCoL and the NCoS embrace the agricultural transformation agenda through generation, adoption and commercialization of the broad range of TIMPs.

  3. Track investments and spill over of TIMPs within and outside the countries.

ASARECA’s M&E and Knowledge Management unit shall track ECAATP’s proposed double-pronged transformation agenda, mainly by focusing on tracking implementation of interventions aimed at minimizing the emerging/recurrent challenges.

Date Published: 
Tuesday, 30 January 2018