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CTA. 2000. Recent advances . Spore 88. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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In 1996 CTA drew up a five-year Mid-Term Plan (MTP) to help the Centre re-orient its activities to reflect the changing needs of its ACP partners. By the end of 1999, CTA s programme had expanded considerably, comprising 228 separate projects,...
In 1996 CTA drew up a five-year Mid-Term Plan (MTP) to help the Centre re-orient its activities to reflect the changing needs of its ACP partners. By the end of 1999, CTA s programme had expanded considerably, comprising 228 separate projects, implemented through four technical departments. During the MTP implementation period, a clear trend has been an expansion of the range of projects and partners, in particular in non-State sectors. The notion of partnership as a process which embraces the sharing of both risk and success has taken root, through approaches ranging from decentralisation of services to co-publishing with ACP publishers. A recent external evaluation of the MTP draws attention to the 'problem of dealing with a large number of stakeholders with different agendas and objectives'. Pointing out that the Centre s activities have been implemented with only limited increases in financial resources and no change in the overall staffing level of 40, the evaluation urges greater empowerment of staff. Question 1: Are they doing well? the Spore reader may ask. The evaluation thinks so, referring to a high level of appreciation among partners, in particular for their improved technical capacity, although goals such as reduced dependency on external support and financial autonomy have not been widely attained. Question 2: Could they do better? Yes! More focus is needed in targeting the poor (stated as the key beneficiaries of CTA s programmes), in measuring impact and in the sincere inclusion of gender issues. Looking forward, the evaluators say CTA needs to make choices: breadth vs. focus; innovation vs. implementation; and pro-active agenda-setting vs. reacting to demand. Perfectly timed for the current debates about policy development described on this page.