Although the information and initiation workshop to IFAD procedures for PAPAM, the Agricultural Productivity Programme in Mali, a World Bank Programme co-financed by IFAD, has come to a close, it is really marking the beginning of this programme, which now detains more tools to be able to be more efficient in implementing the project.
The third and last day of the workshop addressed more financial management, including yearly audits and the importance of the audit exercise in steering projects in the right direction. In addition some information was given on corruption and fraud and the policies IFAD has put into place to combat these in development programmes. The audience was informed of the existence of an independent investigations office to fight corruption and how this office works, encouraging all parties to keep an eye open and to report any suspicious behaviour, with the reassurance that any report would be entirely confidential and object of close investigation before any action or sanction is taken on IFAD’s behalf.
Then a thorough session was held on Monitoring and Evaluation as well as the RIMS (Results and Impact Monitoring System). This cross cutting issue to all IFAD projects and programmes is at the forefront of discussions now, as M&E it was gives us the necessary data to analyse in order to assess impact and successes on the field.