|Ms. Géraldine Mpouma Logmo|
The Gambian capital, Banjul will play host to this year’s 7th Regional Forum for IFAD-funded projects scheduled from 12th to 15th November, 2012.
The forum, which is organized and financed jointly with projects and the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of the Gambia, will bring together projects funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in West and Central Africa Division (WCA).
The key objectives of the Annual Regional WCA Forums are to: Highlight and share the knowledge, experience and lessons that have evolved during the project implementation period, including areas of strengths , weaknesses , opportunities and the threats to further and sustained progress; Strengthen the knowledge base for effective programme or project delivery and renew trust, relationships, shared commitment and common ground; and Agree on approaches and needed action necessary in a more comprehensive, implementation and scaling-up process for sustained effort and far reaching impact.
During a media briefing on October 25, 2012 at the Rural Finance Project office in Bakau, a visiting IFAD Communications Consultant Ms. Géraldine Mpouma Logmo said: “The Annual Regional Forum is an important knowledge-sharing event, which enables IFAD-funded projects, and development partners from the region to meet, network and share experiences and review performance with the objective of improving the lives of the rural poor.”
It is also an important portfolio management process, and mechanism for the WCA Division to continuously improve the performance of projects and grants in terms of relevance, effectiveness, and efficiency, she added.
According to Ms. Logmo, some of the key activities to be undertaken during the forthcoming Forum are portfolio session, presentations, plenary sessions on project experiences, working groups, field visits, lessons learned from field visits among other things.
The press conference was coordinated and chaired by Mr. Mamadou Edrisa Njie acting editorial assistant and newsroom coordinator The Gambia News and Report weekly magazine. Mr. Njie is also the national coordinator GYIN Gambia chapter.
This story was first published on The Voice newspaper edition of Thursday, November 1, 2012
Written by Modou S. Joof