Yesterday in the Asia and Pacific DIvision we had the de-brieifng of the CHARMP-2 supervision that took place 7-22 March 2011. The report, like all supervision reports, describes the state of the project, something like the report of a doctor when he has done a physical examination for an annual medical check-up. So its not a narrative or story about how the project is doing its work. But it does describe what the project is doing and some of its most important successes and challenges. And the issues the report describes are issues that many other IFAD-financed projects in the region may be facing. If you are facing the same issues you might want to contact the people at CHARMP-2, you can write to them at firstname.lastname@example.org and find them under "People" on the CHARMP-2 webiste in this IFADAsia portal.
For example, the report mentions two areas where CHARMP-2 is facing policy issues that pose obstacles to its work. One, that is quite a serious constraint is the national government requirement that local governments contribute a very substantial amount to local infrastructure works. But the local governments in the poor areas where CHARMP-2 is working are not able to make those contributions. As a result infrastructure can only be undertaken with IFAD-financing where local governments are somewhat better off and can contribute. Another policy issue that affects the project and its potential to help targetted beneficairies concerns certification of organic farming. Tedious and time consuming processes prevent small farmers from realising the benefits of high value organic farming.
Just a few of the other issues that CHARMP-2 is coping with that I found particularly interesting include the following:
Climate Change and Environment
Assistance to communities to complete evaluation for ecosystem/environmental services (VES). Collaboration with RUPES2
Food, Agriculture and Nutrition
Coming to grips with the difficult balance between food security, increasing income, preserving environment and indigenous practices. It is also struggling with diffferences of opinions on use of land resources for agriculture that some feel should be left as forest.
Documentation of “kijowan” indigenous forest management system in Benguet.
Analysing and documenting how it does its "participatory investment planning " process as a way of sharing its learning.
Developping a communication plan to complement KM work.
Preparation of project implementaiton manuals including one for National Council of Indigenous People and a Project Financial Manual.