OSF - Small-holder Voices in Policy Dialogue

IATI Identifier: US-EIN-11-3803281-OSF
Published in IATI IATI
  • date_range Mar 01, 2019
  • autorenew Implementation (Status)

In March 2019, ACET initiated work on a global scan for successful and innovative efforts to foster market development and strengthen linkages between policy design and small-holder interests in areas such as employment, skills development and youth leadership, land tenure and agro-processing. The study will culminate in a virtual “smallholder policy marketplace” where high impact policies and approaches are highlighted and captured in an on-line event and shared with national policy dialogue platforms and the PACT agriculture chapter. The project is being executed by three internal staff and a senior consultant engaged to provide technical guidance and advice. Outlines for the framing paper and the case studies have been developed. Decision on the appropriate methodology to address the different schools of thought – or clusters has also been finalized. Initial desk study analysis is now underway and will continue through 2019. The OSF project seeks to promote ‘Smallholder Voices in Policy Dialogue’ and has four components – a) a global scan, b) a market linkages study in Ghana and Kenya, followed by c) convening national platforms in these countries, and d) setting up the PACT platform for Agriculture. The OSF project seeks to promote ‘Smallholder Voices in Policy Dialogue’ and has four components – a) a global scan, b) a market linkages study in Ghana and Kenya c) convening national platforms in Ghana and Kenya , and d) setting up the regional PACT platform for Agriculture. During the reporting period-Q2, Programme Management Plans (PMP) were developed for the both work stream. We also initiated work on a PMP covering the project at large. The Global Scan team identified close to 40 case studies as part of the preliminary literature review and begun the process of classifying these for future publication. The Market Linkage team developed a set of background papers guiding the research and initiated the planning for the forthcoming field research. To this effect, consultants/partners have been identified and contracted in both countries. In q3, the background and scoping study for Ghana and Kenya was completed this period. The team developed the data collection instruments and prepared a list of stakeholders to be interviewed. The data gathered from field studies and interview of small-holder farmers and traders in both Ghana and Kenya is currently being analysed. Next steps include exploring interesting insights that can benefit from further interrogation with key informant and undertaking key informant interviews within November-December 2019. Global Scan: The Global Scan workstream within the larger Open Society Foundation (OSF) grant was focused on the following outputs in 2019: 1. Draft one-page case summaries on successful/unsuccessful efforts globally that aimed to include small-holder interests in policy discussions and decision 2. Develop an online portal/marketplace (hosted as a website) as a repository for these case summaries and a forum to spark further dialogue with viewers of the portal. The target audience for this portal includes policy makers, think tanks, academics and associations representing small-holder farmers. Towards achieving these outputs, the project team engaged in the following activities: • Developed a long-list of relevant programs globally where attempts were made successfully/unsuccessfully to include small-holder farmers in the policy-making process. • Developed a case summary template that will be followed by all summaries to ensure structural consistency. Each summary will answer five key questions i.e. what the issue is, what process was used to include small-holder voices, what was the outcome of this process, what lessons were learnt, and is this process sustainable. • Following this, the ACET team has developed 10 case summaries on diverse issues/geographies • Simultaneously, the ACET Communications team and design team developed a mock-up for the planned portal after extensive research on similar engagement portals. • A demo version has been developed that will incorporate the 10 case summaries developed by the research team. The ACET management team will review this demo and give feedback that will be used to activate the online marketplace/portal by spring 2020. • Along with the development of case summaries and the online portal, the ACET team is also ramping up its engagement with other institutions in this space with the aim to create a network of partners that could engage on the portal and develop case-summaries that will feature on it. • Throughout this process, the ACET Global Scan team worked closely with the team engaged on the market linkages study to leverage synergies where possible. Post completion of the Ghana and Kenya study in early-2020, the Global Scan team will engage with stakeholders in these countries and nudge them to use the portal to exchange ideas/views. Market Linkages: The Market linkages studies undertook two key activities: (i) A scoping study and (ii) A field data collection and analysis exercise. Following the finalization of the Project Management Plan (PMP), writing of the background papers, and completion of the scoping study for Ghana and Kenya in the previous quarters, the team finalized the analysis of the results from the field studies and interview of small-holder farmers and traders in both Ghana and Kenya. A report each for Ghana and Kenya was produced which identified key knowledge gaps that informed the design of data collection instruments to bridge these gaps Highlighted below are some activities undertaken during the field work: -The questionnaires were administered to farmers and traders. -In Ghana 99 farmers and 33 traders were interviewed across 8 districts representing a balance of agro-ecological and geographies of Ghana -In Kenya 111 farmers and 54 traders were interviewed across 9 counties representing agro-ecological zones and geographies of Kenya Global Scan: The technical specifications for the OSF Global Scan portal have been finalized with feedback from ACET staff incorporated. Adequate content has been developed in preparation for the launch of the portal. The team engaged with 7-9 stakeholders within our network via email or Skype to share details on the portal and its objectives and to also obtain their views on the portal. Further engagement is planned for following the launch of the portal to offer these stakeholders a concrete digital property for engagements. Going forward, the team will focus on preparing for a physical launch of the portal i.e. potential locations, stakeholder list, budget. Following the launch, our prime focus will be on active management of the portal and engagement with stakeholders to develop more content and drive discussions. Market Linkages: In this quarter, the zero-draft report of the market linkages study was completed and internally reviewed. The report is currently being revised following loopholes identified by the reviewers. The team is likely to undertake a follow-up stakeholder consultation to bridge gaps in the report that require engagement with stakeholders. Global Scan: The team in Q2 2020 focused on preparing for a physical launch of the portal. There was however a change in strategy to undertake a virtual launch considering the advent of covid 19. Market Linkages: Based on the field report, the researchers produced two draft country reports, which have gone through two internal reviews and one external review. A final review meeting will be held in October to finalize the reports. Q3 2020 Global Scan: The Global Scan portal was launched virtually on July 15, 2020. Work is ongoing for additional content curation for the portal while scouting for means to drive intellectual discourses on the portal. The Market linkages study: A final online review meeting has been planned for October before the reports are finalized. The team focused on logistical preparation and content development for the webinar this quarter. Q4 2020 Global Scan. The last quarter of the year focused on internal discussions with management on how to assimilate the portal into PACT and our advocacy programs in general. As part of the broader ACET Strategy, it was agreed that recruitment would commence for a Knowledge Manager to oversee the portal and engagement with policy makers around the outputs of this and other projects. The Market linkages study: In Q4, the Market linkages team completed draft country reports for Ghana and Kenya. This was followed with virtual country validation workshops on October 13th and 27th for Ghana and Kenya respectively. The report was reviewed internally and finalized after feedback from the workshop had been incorporated by the country researchers. By close of the year, the team had designed an outline of the synthesis report and production of the draft synthesis report was ongoing. Q1 2021 Market linkages The market linkages country reports (Ghana and Kenya) have been finalized and a draft synthesis report produced. The synthesis report, which is undergoing internal reviews highlights lessons learned and policy directions from the market studies in the two countries. Planning for a two-day, two-hour, policy learning event in May or June is also underway. Global Scan With the portal live, the objective is to continue to update content and increase audience engagement. We are working to get more contributions from the private sector/development partners as content pieces for the portal. One such potential partner, Agromovil, is a mobile supply chain platform that helps farmers connect with buyers to see new opportunities, sell direct, and find optimized transport to get products to customers around the world. The team discussed the development of 3 case studies in Agromovil’s work in Honduras, Tanzania and Columbia.

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Sectors:
  • Agricultural research error
    Sector code:
    31182 - Agricultural research
    Sector vocabulary:
    1 - OECD DAC CRS Purpose Codes (5 digit)

Participating Organisations

Organisation Name Organisation Type Organisation Role
OSF Multilateral Funding
African Center for Economic Transformation International NGO Implementing

Transaction

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704 USD (Valued at Sep 30, 2020) circle Provider N/A circle Receiver N/A Expenditure date_rangeSep 30, 2020
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13,369 USD (Valued at Dec 31, 2019) circle Provider N/A circle Receiver N/A Expenditure date_rangeDec 31, 2019
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Budget

213,803 USD
5,600 USD (Valued at Jun 03, 2019) date_range Jan 01, 2019 - Mar 31, 2019
25,000 USD (Valued at Jun 30, 2019) date_range Apr 01, 2019 - Jun 30, 2019
25,050 USD (Valued at Sep 30, 2019) date_range Jul 01, 2019 - Sep 30, 2019
44,680 USD (Valued at Dec 31, 2019) date_range Oct 01, 2019 - Dec 31, 2019
22,107 USD (Valued at Mar 31, 2020) date_range Jan 01, 2020 - Mar 31, 2020
22,732 USD (Valued at Jun 30, 2020) date_range Apr 01, 2020 - Jun 30, 2020
40,534 USD (Valued at Sep 30, 2020) date_range Jul 01, 2020 - Sep 30, 2020
20,300 USD (Valued at Dec 31, 2020) date_range Oct 01, 2020 - Dec 31, 2020
7,800 USD (Valued at Mar 31, 2021) date_range Jan 01, 2021 - Mar 31, 2021
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