The overall goal of the proposed project is to conduct research on African policy processes in close collaboration with stakeholders and policy makers with a view to increasing political performance that result in more effective and poverty-oriented policies and strategies. In the pursuit of this goal, the purpose of the project is to identify practical institutional strategies that will help policy-makers, administrative staff at the central and local levels as well as civil society to reduce what can be referred to as “political performance gaps” so as to effectively exploit existing policy options to reduce poverty and promote sustainable growth. This will involve using both qualitative and quantitative research methods to apply them in the context of actual policy processes, in this case, the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP) implementation process.
The proposed project has four major outputs:
1) Development of methods for analyzing stakeholders, networks and influence structures that will inform participatory processes;
2) Development of innovative assessment methods for analyzing the extent to which a change in existing agricultural policies and investments would lead to better development outcomes (“political performance gaps”);
3) Identification of the factors that determine agricultural policy processes and hence lead to performance gaps, and the type of institutional reforms and policy learning that can lead to more effective and poverty-oriented agricultural policies;
4) Development of tools that policy-makers, policy analysts and stakeholders can use to identify and assess different policy scenarios both in terms of their economic and poverty implications and in terms of their political feasibility and implementation challenges.