The IAF’s robust system for reporting results has been in place for 15 years. Grantee partners report every six months on progress as measured by indicators selected from the Grassroots Development Framework (GDF), the IAF’s tool for assessing data and results. After verification by professionals in-country, the information is summarized in an annual Results Report. All projects undergo a financial audit annually and upon completion. The IAF’s Office of Evaluation also conducts ex-post assessments of selected projects four or five years after the funding ceased.
The IAF annual results report published in 2012 summarized the achievements of 243 active grantee partners in the previous year. Investment by the IAF and its grantee partners during this period benefited more than 91,300 men and women. These individuals included African descendants, indigenous people and persons with disabilities, as well as disadvantaged women and youths, who had opportunities to participate more fully in economic and civic life. The GDF assesses results on three levels: the individual or family (as measured by indicators of improved conditions and skills acquired); the organization (as indicated by, for example, better management and the application of democratic practices); and the community or society (as indicated by better policies, procedures and programs). The cone below depicts the three levels as they might be affected by the tangible and intangible results of the IAF’s investment.
Application of the GDF helps ensure observable progress toward each grantee partner’s goals, identify factors that determine success and assess long-term benefits extending beyond the achievement of immediate objectives. For more information on the GDF and its use, visit www.iaf.gov.
In fiscal 2012, the IAF conducted ex-post assessments of four grantee partners working on production for global markets, whose projects were completed in 2006. Programa Integral para el Desarrollo del Café (PIDECAFE, now known as PROGRESO) works with Peruvian coffee growers to diversify their crops and reduce the risks associated with dependency on coffee. The farmers’ sale of granulated brown sugar to European buyers climbed from 180 50-kilogram bags in 2003, the first year of production, to 13,100 bags in 2011 and the demand continues to exceed supply. Asociación de Profesionales Agropecuarios Ngobe-Bugle (APANB) works with 60 indigenous Ngobe Bugle Panamanians to increase their production of coffee and has trained Ngobe women to dye fibers and make crafts as a source of income. Unión de Cooperativas Agropecuarias Sociedad de Pequeños Productores de Café (SOPPEXCA) is helping some 450 Nicaraguan coffee producers in its member cooperatives increase sales, including abroad. Another Nicaraguan former grantee partner, Proyecto Aldea Global-Jinotega (PAGJINO), provides farmers training, technical assistance, loans and supplies toward their application of agricultural practices compatible with the responsible use of the environment. The full reports are expected in 2013.
Results of the IAF’s Investment in Grassroots Development
- According to results reported by 243 grantees that were active in fiscal 2011, their work benefited more than 91,300 individuals, primarily as follows: More than 48,300 individuals acquired new skills through IAF-funded training: 14,131 were trained in agriculture; 43,401 in civic participation; 26,511 in human rights; 9,420 in manufacturing; 7,485 in finance; 7,655 in conservation; and 5,537 in leadership. Many participants enrolled in multiple training sessions covering various topics.
- Approximately 5,500 new jobs were created as a result of training, technical assistance and credit programs; 2,065 positions were saved; working conditions improved relevant to 2,162 jobs.
- More than 9,125 individuals benefited from access to medical care and sanitation services and from diversified food production. Clinics provided services to 322 individuals; nearly 720 individuals gained access to clean water; and close to 8,000 people now enjoy a more nutritious diet.
- Grantees collaborated with 541 new partners and maintained relations with more than 1,600 organizations, which enabled them to mobilize additional resources and exchange experiences.
- The IAF’s responsive, results-oriented approach continues to attract new sources of support for grassroots development. In 2011, IAF grantees mobilized resources valued at more than $2.7 million beyond their initial counterpart commitments.