Across the ATA’s support to the Transformation Agenda, ACC Initiative the LFSDP, the organization aims to leverage a number of different approaches in order to maximize potential impact.
First, the ATA has established a high-calibre strategic and analytical advisory capability to ensure that the agency can support partners and the sector to develop robust strategies, policy analysis, project designs, and other analytical and data-driven outputs required for agricultural transformation. This capability is modelled on government strategy units in a number of countries and top tier international management consulting firms, bringing the same level of analytical rigor, speed and insight to all of the ATA’s work, and supported by an innovative talent development program for young Ethiopians. Additional details can be found here.
Second, the agency provides direct implementation support to partner organizations such as the MoALR through the creation and staffing of the MoALR Delivery Unit (DU) and deployment of other staff on special assignments. These staff work directly with partners by providing technical support in areas related to planning, problem solving, tracking, monitoring and reporting. They also build capacity of partners in targeted areas and support program management and other integration activities.
Third, through the MoALR DU and in the projects we manage, the agency has a strong focus on ensuring effective mainstreaming of cross-cutting issues, including environmental sustainability, climate change adaption and mitigation, inclusive growth, gender, youth and nutrition. This includes integrating these issues in the design and development of strategies, projects, implementation plans and other analytical studies, and ensuring such issues are fully considered in results frameworks, baseline studies, and impact assessments and evaluations.
Fourth, the ATA acts as a ‘System Integrator’ at Federal and Regional levels by focusing on coordinating and integrating diverse implementation activities to enhance impact. The MoALR Delivery Unit for the Transformation Agenda and the ACC program management office (PMO) functions are two innovative implementation modalities introduced by the ATA and government partners specifically to strengthen programmatic coordination and execution effectiveness.
The ATA Regional Offices in Amhara, Oromia, SNNP and Tigray regions further act as the implementation arm of the agency, representing the organization in each region as well as coordinating all of the ATA’s implementation activities and ensuring these are closely aligned and integrated with the activities of regional partners. This model ensures the agency’s work is well-grounded based on the realities of day-to-day implementation with smallholder farmers and other local actors, and allows ATA to ensure innovations can be effectively scaled and change can be sustained towards transformation.
Last, the ATA provides critical support to the Transformation Agenda and the ACC Initiative in the area of evaluation and learning. This includes overseeing or directly undertaking project-specific and broader baseline and evaluation studies, supporting development and dissemination of effective performance management and monitoring and evaluation systems, and convening learning events to inform continuous improvement in design and execution of critical interventions.