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Reference Materials


 

CCARDESA Governance Manual

This Governance Manual is a guide to CCARDESA’s governance institutions (Ministers responsible for Agriculture and Food Security, the General Assembly, CCARDESA Board of Directors and CCARDESA Secretariat) in the conduct of their responsibilities and duties. It is also a reference document for all CCARDESA stakeholders who wish to know how CCARDESA is governed. It assures development partners that CCARDESA observes the principles of good governance to which they are bound in allocating their resources.

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Grants Manual

This Manual is a guide for the operation of the CCARDESA grant system. The contents in this document have been written and arranged in a manner which is intended for use internally and externally by the respondents as well as any other interested stakeholders. The manual endeavours to explain the processes to be followed in order to make the grant system as transparent and efficient as possible. All CCARDESA stakeholders in SADC Member States, financiers and respondents to the calls must have confidence that the process of selecting and allocating resources is the most efficient. Detailed annexes are provided to give additional information, guidelines and formats to ensure the preparation of proposals is standardised and evaluation is made easy.

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Finance Manual

The purpose of this Finance Manual is to provide Accounting and Financial Control guidelines to all staff at CCARDESA, particularly the Finance and Administration staff in implementing financial management and preparing CCARDESA’s statutory financial statements for the fiscal year and other reports. Further, it will serve as a guide to the day to-day finance and accounting policies and procedures.

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Procurement Manual

This Procurement Manual provides guidance to the Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA) Secretariat members of staff, CCARDESA sub-grantees and ultimately the CCARDESA’s Board of Directors in the conduct of their roles, responsibilities and duties regarding procurement under CCARDESA. It is also a reference document for all CCARDESA stakeholders who wish to know the procurement policy and procedures governing procurement of goods, works and services under CCARDESA. It assures development partners that CCARDESA observes internationally accepted best practice principles of transparency and competitiveness in allocating their resources.

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Environmental and social Management Framework

Implementation of the CCARDESA MTOP is expected to have a positive impact on the environment by supporting the development and dissemination of agricultural technologies that promote sustainable use of land and water. The MTOP will also contribute towards reducing the vulnerability of poor rural households to climate shocks by promoting the adoption of climate smart agricultural practices. There is no doubt that CCARDESA’s footprint could be significant if no measures were put in place to guide the social and environmental responsibility of the work conducted in the sub-region.

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Medium Term Operational Plan (MTOP)

 

Implementation of the CCARDESA MTOP is expected to have a positive impact on the environment by supporting the development and dissemination of agricultural technologies that promote sustainable use of land and water. The MTOP will also contribute towards reducing the vulnerability of poor rural households to climate shocks by promoting the adoption of climate smart agricultural practices. There is no doubt that CCARDESA’s footprint could be significant if no measures were put in place to guide the social and environmental responsibility of the work conducted in the sub-region.

 

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 Annual Reports


 Annual report 20152015

The CCARDESA 2015 Work plan devoted attention to driving activities initiated in previous years, particularly 2014.The operational momentum of activities was built up throughout 2014 with the awarding of CCARDESA supported research grants and implementation of a total of 69 projects. Therefore, the focus in 2015 was on accelerating the implementation of these activities including those identified as quick wins or low hanging fruits in the CCARDESA Medium Term Operational Plan (MTOP)

This report highlights the key achievements for CCARDESA in 2015. It is organised around the four thematic areas and cross-cutting themes that are of priority to the region. These four thematic Areas are: (1) Farmer Empowerment and Market Access; (2) Research and Technology Generation and Farmer Demanddriven Advisory Services and Innovation Systems; (3) Knowledge, Information and Communication; and (4) Institutional Development and Capacity Building. Under a resource-constrained environment facing R&D institutions globally, emphasis in 2015 was strategically directed at innovative implementation of regional activities across all the thematic areas.

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annual report 20142014

The focus in 2014 shifted to technical implementation of activities and engaging effectively with key stakeholders within the region and those operating at continentallevel. It was a year of delivering on the ‘promise’ made to the region. The ‘promise’ is contained in the objectives of CCARDESA and the mandate which the SADC Member States have entrusted us with. The CCARDESA Secretariat made good progress in 2014 with regard to producing the technical outputs that contribute to the achievement of the institutionalobjectives.

The governance of CCARDESA was also strengthened.One of the main achievements in 2014 was the successful convening of the 1st CCARDESA General Assembly in May. The General Assembly is the apex governance body of CCARDESA and deals with high level matters of the organization. The General Assembly,among other things, approved the Medium Term Operational Plan (MTOP) of CCARDESA. The MTOP is an important document which elaborates the corporate technical and governance direction of CCARDESA for the next 5 years (2014-2018). On the governance side, the provisions of the Charter regarding renewal of the Board were successfully followed. New Board members were brought into the Board, while some original members retired.

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2013

This 2013 Annual report is the first of many reports to come from CCARDESA Secreatariat and it highlights achievements of the organisation in 2013, the challenges encountered and the lessons leanrt. The achievements reported hera are in line with five themTIC AREAS OF CCARDESA as outlined in its Medium Term Operational Plan (MTOP), namely:

              • o Farmer empowerment and market access
              • o Research and Technology generation and Farmer Driven Advisory Services
              • o Knowledge Information and Communication
              • o Institutional Development and Capacity Building, and
              • o establishment and Strengtherning of CCARDESA as an effective SRO

The annual report provides a sysnopsis of the progress made between January and December 2013.

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