ALINe - Agriculture Learning and Impacts NetworkThe goal of ALINe is to connect, build up, analyse, influence and ultimately transform how we assess agricultural development investments.
There is a new and widespread commitment to agriculture as a way of reducing poverty and hunger. It is imperative that these new investments are as successful as possible. But this means that success has to be defined, planned for, navigated towards and demonstrated when present. Currently efforts to learn about and plan for impacts of agricultural projects are fractured and of variable quality—tools are available but not widely used, new tools are needed but not being developed, institutional incentives to use assessment data are weak, capacity is thinly spread and investments in this area continue to be an afterthought.
The Institute of Development Studies and Keystone Accountability are working with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to explore options for changing this dynamic. In the context of a one-year planning grant from the Foundation, the organisations are designing an Agriculture Learning and Impacts Network, ALINe. ALINe will be developed in 2009 and if the case for support remains strong and if circumstances permit, it could be launched in 2010. The goal of ALINe is to connect, build up, analyse, influence and ultimately transform how we assess agricultural development investments. Over the coming months we will be working with key stakeholders to identify needs, map capacities, and locate interest in co-developing the content and infrastructure of the consortium and network.
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Impact Planning and Learning
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