The Policy Processes in Agriculture and Rural Development (PPARD) working group focuses on peer-to-peer learning and exchange on policy advice in GIZ projects. Although the group said farewell to the GIZ CAADP support program, progress on the NAIP formulation and use in some African Countries was a success. The key lesson learnt is that national ownership drove the success of the NAIPs.
In 2018, the working group created a sub-working group focusing on National Policy Advisors with the purpose of enhancing networking and knowledge sharing among the advisors.
2019 saw the interesting application for use among policy advisors: the Agri-Policy Tool Kit that provides various instruments to improve policy advice.
In terms of the speakers, Thomas Breuer (Namibia) remains as speaker and the group introduced a new co-speaker Theresa Kinkese (Zambia) and Tandem Partner from the sectoral department (FMB) which is Dominik Fortenbacher. Additionally, the Working Group will be supported by Klaas Grimmelmann of the sector project “Agricultural Policy and Food Security”.
Looking to 2020, the future work streams aim to continue and strengthen the learning and exchange amongst the National Policy Adviser Group through a learning visit in Germany (Eschborn and Bonn) in the first half of the year. In addition, a policy learning event focussing on “Methods and strategies of support and policy reforms and changes processes” in all relevant areas of the SNRD to be held in Ghana in the second half of 2020. Furthermore, the rural areas, the nutrition status of the people and the agri-food sector are currently been affected by climate change among other factors. So future topics are to fight all forms of malnutrition, climate change, youth in sector and access to finance.
Moving forward policy advisory seeks to shift away from discussion and exchange on topics towards exchange about strategies, methodologies, skills of adviser, exchange formats (including south-south exchange) and management strategies for policy reforms and changes to find “fit for the future” strategies, policies and implementation instruments and tools. Another forward process is to find a way to organise the generation shift (from senior expert to the incoming younger generation of policy advisers) and ensure knowledge and experience transfer within the team and groups.
Processes, methodologies and management topics for 2020
- Policy Process and instruments (also with a focus on fragile context and bad governance structures)
- Peer Learning and trust exchange for managers in GIZ (management, leadership)
- Skills set for policy advisers
- Innovations and future topics in policy processes
Through these processes, methodologies and management, the group will apply the knowledge to the core future issues for Africa which are:
- End hunger in all forms
- Create jobs specially for the youth
- And adopted to climate change and protect natural resources