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1 Eastern and Southern Africa Challenges and Opportunities for Rural Development Sector-wide Approaches:

2 By mid-1990s, concern for aid effectiveness: –Development ‘projects’ criticised for their ‘cocooned’ approach, reliant on TA –Recognition that development cooperation requires supportive policy environment to achieve impact –Donor conditionality had been poor at achieving policy change –Perception that donors, acting in isolation, represented a part of the problem Background

3 Response: new approaches New focus on poverty reduction as prime purpose of government expenditure and development assistance – MDGs, PRSPs Priority to ownership and institution-building for sustainable development Relationships between governments and donors need to be partnership-based Recognition of importance of effective and efficient management of public expenditure and accountability – MTEF Aid should support accountability of governments to their people … harmonisation

4 Sector-wide Approaches (SWAps) Coordinate government and donor assistance in support of a common sector policy and expenditure framework under government leadership A process of delivering policy and institutional reform, not simply a financing mechanism – can be financed by several instruments ‘The process by which what needs to be done is done’ … Not to be confused with the financing instruments used to support them

5 Financial (aid) instruments for SWAps General Budget Support (GBS) –Channelled through Treasury but into the general fund, subject to public expenditure priorities Sector budget support –Through the Treasury, but earmarked towards specific sectors Sector basket funding –Extra accountability arrangements and earmarking Project support (gov’t or parallel systems) –Can have advantages of flexibility, timing, risk … So GBS is not a substitute for SWAps

6 Relationship between development approaches and aid instruments PRSPsPRSPs SWApSWAp GeneralBudget Support General Budget Support Sector Budget Support Sector Basket Funding Project Support Financial Aid Instruments (how it is financed) Development Approaches (what is done) SWApSWAp

7 Evolution of agricultural SWAps in the Region: steps 1 and 2 Mid-90s, ASIP: (e.g. Zambia ASIP): –World Bank-led, little government ownership –unsatisfactory implementation and weak impact Late-90s, SWAp: (eg Proagri I, Mozambique): –A process of policy and institutional reform, not just investment … but difficulties: –Key expenditures in other sectors –Policy issues key for Ministry of Agriculture –Enabling not doing role –Broad stakeholder involvement

8 2000 – onwards: ‘Second generation’ SWAps (e.g. PMA Uganda) –Internalise lessons from earlier models –client-driven: ‘what constrains livelihoods’ –multi-sectoral, rural pillars of PRSPs – go beyond Ministries of Agriculture –Recognise importance of policy and institutional issues New challenges: coordination between Ministries, with other non-government actors, enabling role of Ministry of Agriculture, PRSPs, decentralisation, financing of ‘agriculture’ Evolution of agricultural SWAps in the Region: the 3rd step

9 Current status of agricultural SWAps in the Region Of the 21 countries in the Region: 7 have, or are moving towards, some form of agriculture SWAp or sector framework Of those 7 countries, all already have a PRSP Of those 7 countries, six receive assistance through GBS, and 3 receive basket funding But only few of the second generation SWAps are actually underway in practice … early days to assess performance

10 Performance of agricultural SWAps to date Policy and institutional reform: positive, but ‘informal’ rules difficult Financing: Complex in some cases, relaxed in others – ceilings, unprotected budgets, expectation of transparency & compliance Focus of SWAps: later ones focus more on key issues … but new cross-sectoral challenges Link to PRSP: early SWAps not adequately poverty focused, later ones better; nest in PRSPs Impact on poverty: little evidence so far, some promising experience

11 What are the lessons for agricultural sector support? (1) No blueprint – country-specific context Label ‘SWAp’ not important – distinguish from sector financing … a process Result oriented, root causes of poverty and poor performance Policy and institutions as important as money Can be supported by various financial instruments, including GBS Complementary to PRSPs … national goals Civil society engagement complements supply of policy with demand for policy

12 Must be integrated with PRSP, MTEF, decentralisation, civil service reform etc Nested within budget process to strengthen PEM.. hard budget constraint Ownership and commitment is essential.. sector and national Realism and flexibility essential – reform will be slow … political dimension Governments manage donors, not the other way round What are the lessons for agricultural sector support? (2)

13 Some questions about SWAps (1) Are SWAps effective mechanisms for policy and institutional reform? How could they be made better? Are there other, preferred alternatives? Do cross-sectoral second generation SWAps focus on key issues? Are the concerns of farmers, the private sector and government adequately reflected? Is the requirement for cross-sectoral coordination implied by second generation SWAps realistic? How can this be achieved? Are SWAps effective at reducing the transaction costs of dealing with many donors? Do they improve government-donor interactions? Do they support PRSPs? Do they make relationships between sector and central Ministries more effective?

14 Where does the move towards SWAps, PRSPs, GBS, MTEF etc come from? Who really wants them? Do sector Ministries want them? Does the adoption of SWAps and PRSPs mean the end of projects? What instruments will we have in future, and why? What are the implications of a shift from project to sector financing for agriculture? What happens to finance for agriculture under GBS and MTEF? Are SWAPs more effective at enhancing agricultural growth and reducing rural poverty? Do SWAps enhance government ownership of development processes, and allow rural people’s priorities to be addressed? Some questions about SWAps (2)

15 How should IFAD support SWAps in the Region? Should IFAD focus on SWAps? What should it stop doing? What can IFAD add to SWAp development and implementation? Does IFAD need to change the way it does business to give better support to SWAps? Should IFAD continue to support government- owned projects, or does SWAp engagement satisfy all sectoral needs? Under what conditions should IFAD provide GBS?

16 Eastern and Southern Africa Thank you

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