The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) shut down its activities in December 2020 at the end of its mandate. The administrative closure of the Centre was completed in November 2021.

Joint Impact Assessment of CTA’s Support to AFRACA

The partnership between CTA and AFRACA dates back to more than 10 years ago. During that time, CTA supported AFRACA undertake several activities, with the bulk of the support going to logistical support covering participants’ transport and subsistence for seminars, workshops, meetings and learning tours.CTA also supported publishing of a study report and commissioned 3 other studies on issues related to management of rural and agriculture credit finance, with an inclination towards the value chain approach. Most of CTA’s support to AFRACA was one-off event based support. It is only in 2012 when CTA and AFRACA got into a long term engagement with clear defined expected outcomes and impacts.
AFRACA and CTA saw it deserving to look back over the last 10 years and try to understand what impact CTA’s support has had on AFRACA over the time. CTA thus developed a tool, called Capacity-centred Impact Pathways Analysis (CcIPA) which basically tries to understand how this support has contributed to AFRACA growth along 5 capacity lines, and how a combination of the AFRACAs growth along the capacity lines, in addition to CTA support, has translated into outcomes and impacts at the direct beneficiaries and indirect beneficiaries levels.
The study involved 2 phases, the 1st phase being the quick scan, which is a basic analysis of the capacity capabilities of AFRACA and their change over time using the 5C tool, and a quick analysis of impacts on interventions at various levels using the logic model. The quick scan further recommended 2 areas for further examination in the in-depth study.
AFRACA’s internal resource person with support did the quick scan from a staff member.The in-depth study involved a deeper look into the identified areas and conducting a serious survey. For this study, the in-depth study looks into the contribution of CTA support to: 1) The change in policy environment in the member countries; 2) The change in financial practices and innovations among AFRACA members. An external resource person with support from the internal resource person and a staff member conducted the in-depth study.The in-depth study concluded that CTA’s support to the policy environment was indirect, thought significant and massive. The influence happened at 3 levels; being the institutional, national and regional level. The policy environment was important as all other operations are anchored on a conducive and supportive policy framework.CTA support to financial practices and innovations was direct, with many tours and seminars aimed at enhancing experience sharing and innovations exchange between members. The studies also sought to provide useful details for operationalization of the innovations. Many members were able to learn and adopt some practices and innovations through CTA supported activities and events.