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SANREM CRSP Annual Technical Meeting

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  1. SANREM CRSPAnnual Technical Meeting Chris Kosnik USAID EGAT/ Office of Natural Resources Management June 26th, 2007

  2. Outline of Presentation • Recent Transitions at USAID • Foreign Assistance Framework • SANREM Program Review • Soils Research • Getting the word out

  3. Recent transitions in USAID • Consolidation of roles: USAID Administrator and State Department Director of Foreign Assistance (DFA) • Elaboration of the Foreign Assistance Framework & Common Indicators • USAID & State Department joint planning & budgeting • USAID focal shift to Rebuilding& Developing Country Categories • Interest in USAID resource flows to local partners and institutions • Henrietta Fore named acting DFA and awaiting confirmation as USAID Administrator

  4. Rationale for Foreign Assistance Reform This major change in the way the US government directs foreign assistance aims to: • Ensure that foreign assistance is used as effectively as possible to meet our broad foreign policy objectives • More fully align the foreign assistance activities carried out by the Department of State and USAID • Demonstrate that we are responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars. http://www.state.gov/f

  5. Country Categories Rebuilding Developing (8) Transforming (1) Sustaining (1) Restrictive Global Programs FAF Objectives Peace & Security Governing Justly & Democratically Investing in People Economic Growth Humanitarian Assistance Foreign Assistance Framework

  6. Program Area & Elements What are they and what are they for? “a standardized program structure and definitions” • Program Objective 4: Economic Growth • Program Area 4.5: Agriculture • Program Elements: • 4.5.1 Agricultural Enabling Environment • 4.5.2 Agricultural Sector Productivity • 4.5.3 Agricultural Program Support

  7. Soils Research • Soils CRSP ending December ’08 • Limited resources will be available for: • on-going research • Dissemination & outreach related to SM CRSP research • USAID will be working with relevant partners to identify high priority SM CRSP research

  8. Relevant Common Indicators • # individuals receiving USG supported short-term training (men/women) similar indicator for long-term training • # new technologies/management practices under research • # of technologies or management practices being field tested • # of partner organizations benefiting from USG assistance • # of producer organizations, water user associations, trade and business associations & community based organizations assisted • # of technologies made available for transfer as a result of USG assistance • # policy reforms analyzed with USG assistance • # of policy reforms presented for legislation or decree as a result of USG Assistance • # analytical studies of policies or institutions disseminated

  9. What Does This All Mean To You? • Limited USAID staff access & availability • Possible funding and programmatic shifts • We will need to become familiar with the Foreign Assistance Framework • We will need to report on relevant common indicators & provide targets for out-years that are linked to budget allocations

  10. SANREM CRSP Review • Conducted by USAID & SPARE in consultation with BIFAD • Consists of three parts: • SANREM EEP Technical Review • Administrative and Management Review (AMR) • Program Review (to answer specific BIFAD questions)

  11. Looking forward… • Cross-cutting Efforts: • Watershed Modeling/Spatial Analysis, Gender, Soils, Biodiversity, Resource governance • Getting the word out: • Disseminating articles & relevant reports to USAID HQ and Mission staff; • DC presentations & seminars • Platforms for communication in-country • Reporting… • Biodiversity attribution, Climate Change • Capturing the story of local institutions in carrying out SANREM research

  12. Reminder: elements to meet biodiversity code • The program must have an explicit, but not necessarily primary, biodiversity objective • Activities must be identified based on an analysis of threats to biodiversity • The program must monitor associated indicators for biodiversity conservation • Site-based programs must have the intent to positively impact biodiversity in biologically significant areas

  13. The End Important Websites: USAID Biodiversity Code and Definition- http://www.usaid.gov/our_work/environment/biodiversity/code.html USAID Environment- http://www.usaid.gov/our_work/environment/biodiversity/coastal_coral.reef.html Director of Foreign Assistance- http://www.state.gov/f/