In collaboration with the Government of Uganda and ESA, IOE organized a National Roundtable Workshop in connection with the Uganda Country Programme Evaluation (CPE) on 12 July 2012 in Kampala. The objectives of the Uganda CPE national roundtable workshop were to: (i) discuss the main issues emerging from the Uganda CPE; (ii) provide inputs for the preparation of the evaluation's Agreement at Completion Point (ACP); and (iii) provide an opportunity for reflecting on key issues for the forthcoming Uganda Country Strategic Opportunities Programme (COSOP).
The workshop was inaugurated by the Right Hon. Prime Minister of Uganda and was chaired throughout by the Deputy Secretary to the Treasury in the Ministry of Finance. Around one hundred persons attended the event including the Ministers of State for Finance, Agriculture and Local Government, the Minister of Agriculture, who delivered the workshop's closing remarks on behalf of the Government of Uganda, and other high level representatives from Government. From IFAD, the CFO, Director ESA, Deputy Director IOE and the CPM for Uganda all participated in the event.
In addition to participating in the workshop, the IFAD delegation visited two IFAD-funded projects (i.e., the Rural Financial Services Programme and the District Livelihoods Support Programme) on 10-11 July. The field visits provided an opportunity to hold interactions with beneficiaries, district authorities, savings and credit co-operatives (SACCOs), and project staff. The delegation saw numerous project activities on the ground, including brick making, livestock rearing, agricultural activities (e.g., beans and maize production, etc.) and small enterprise development.