Institutional Assessment of MINAGRI & its Agencies

Summary:

This paper reports the results of an institutional assessment of MINAGRI and its agencies (RAB and NAEB) made from June-August 2017 to determine whether Minagri and its implementing agencies are fit-for-purpose to deliver the PSTA 4. It makes recommendations for how to increase the capacity of the system to deliver PSTA 4, taking a systemic approach. This is probably the first time that MINAGRI has examined the “capacity of the agriculture system to deliver” a PSTA. The confluence of significant pressure for change from within the system coupled with the chance to capture key actions in PSTA4 Priority One Area (Enabling Environment & Responsive Institutions) and align them with the next Programme for Results and other donor-funded capacity building projects represents a significant opportunity. The approach suggested here is intended to maximise the chances of lasting results.

Our theoretical underpinning posits that capacity development requires local ownership and a systemic approach. Changes to structure that are not underpinned and animated by changed behaviours and mind-sets will not deliver results. While technical assistance (TA) and capacity substitution might bring short term improvement, after external pressure is removed the system will return to ‘business as usual’. Thus our recommendations include the need for a managed process of change, led by Minagri, RAB and NAEB. Without local ownership and a systemic approach, the risks are high of cosmetic ‘box-ticking’ changes that fail to bring any lasting benefit in terms of performance.