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IADG Background and 14th Annual Meeting
22nd May 2013 @ 12:00 am - 24th May 2013 @ 12:00 am
Inter-Agency Donor Group (IADG) on pro-poor livestock research and development.
Founding Principles: At present, there is no formal global mechanism by which donors who support work on livestock research and development can communicate or coordinate their efforts, although many share common goals and outputs in their separate programmes. To address this deficiency, livestock advisers and managers from public and private sector donor and major implementing agencies, known collectively as the ‘inter-Agency Donor Group’, have met informally on an annual basis for the past 13 years in order to; i) share intelligence on contemporary issues facing livestock development ; ii) promote innovative and collaborative approaches to pro-poor livestock research ( new technologies, policies, practices) in the fields of animal health, animal production and public health; and iii) facilitate a common response by its members to research and development proposals emanating from in-country institutions, implementing agencies and other stakeholders.
The Vision of the IADG is: ‘Poverty alleviation through improved livestock production facilitated through greater donor collaboration’.
Activities: The first 11 annual meetings were held in different European countries to reflect the interest expressed in this initiative by the large donor community in the region. However, in 2011, in response to the demand of global IADG members, the 12th annual meeting was held at the AU’s Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (IBAR) Headquarters in Nairobi – and the focus of the meeting was on coordination challenges to livestock research in Africa- see <12th annual Inter-Agency Donor Group (IADG) meeting> for outputs of meeting. The success of the Nairobi meeting stimulated the IADG members to convene more meetings outside Europe and the invitation by the World Bank and USAID to host the meeting in Washington in April 2012 coincided with this new confidence; see <http://go.worldbank.org/QVWC780AT0> for outputs of meeting. However, in 2013, the meeting has returned to its roots in Europe and the meeting is being hosted by the German Development Agency -<Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)> in Berlin on 22-24th May 2013 where the theme of the meeting is ‘Development of livestock value chains through strengthened public-private partnerships’.
Structure: The IADG has no formal secretariat or payroll. Rather the burden of convening and reporting on meetings has been done voluntarily by a few keen individuals in collaboration with the organising committee of each meeting – normally a donor or implementing organisation. This informal structure has suited the needs of donors to date although discussions on the need for a more formal secretariat or linkages with other initiatives are held regularly.
Benefits: Tangible outputs include:
– a greater awareness among donors and other players of each other’s current and future research and development activities and future priorities to stimulate collaboration and reduce duplication of funding;
-evidence of greater collaboration between donors on common livestock research issues and the birth of new PPP initiatives such as GalvMed;
– growing interest and involvement of new donors from the private sector and from BRIC countries in attending meetings and in collaboration; and
– moving towards greater effectiveness of donor investment –poverty reduction, sustainable development,value for money.