This report presents the results of an assessment of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) conducted by the Multilateral Organisation Performance Assessment Network (MOPAN). The MOPAN
Common Approach examines organisational systems, practices, and behaviours that MOPAN believes are important for aid effectiveness. It also examines the extent to which there is evidence of an organisation’s
contributions to development and/or humanitarian results, and the relevance of its objectives and programme of work to stakeholders at the country level.
IFAD’s mandate is to empower poor rural women and men to achieve higher incomes and improved food security and to strengthen their resilience. IFAD provides loans and grants to agriculture and rural development projects with the perspective that smallholder agriculture can act as both a crucial source of rural income and nutrition and a vector for rural economic growth. Its projects seek to incorporate
smallholders into global value chain development.
IFAD has implemented a number of reforms to improve its effectiveness in the areas of managing for development results, quality of projects, strategic planning, innovation, efficiency and human resources. In its Ninth Replenishment Period (from 2013 to 2015), IFAD has committed to increasing its focus on value for money and impact measurement.
In 2013, MOPAN assessed IFAD based on information collected through a survey of stakeholders, a review of documents, and interviews with IFAD staff. The survey targeted IFAD’s direct partners, as well as MOPAN donors based in-country and at headquarters. Six countries were included in the MOPAN survey: Ethiopia, Guatemala, Indonesia, Mozambique, Pakistan and Vietnam. A total of 193 respondents participated in the IFAD survey: 31 MOPAN donors based at headquarters, 18 MOPAN donors based in-country, and 144 direct partners. The document review assessed IFAD through an examination of over 350 publicly available corporate documents as well as country programming and reporting documents from the six countries, some of which IFAD made publicly available for this assessment. MOPAN also interviewed IFAD staff members (21 from IFAD headquarters and 6 from country offices). This information was not coded or used formally as part of the assessment process, but rather to gain a broader contextual understanding of the organisations systems, practices and results-related reporting.