Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System
Established in 2006 under the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), the Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS) supports efforts to promote evidence- and outcome-based policy planning and implementation. In particular, ReSAKSS provides data and related analytical and knowledge products to facilitate CAADP benchmarking, review, and mutual learning processes. AKADEMIYA2063 leads the work of ReSAKSS in partnership with the African Union Commission, the African Union Development Agency-NEPAD (AUDA-NEPAD), and leading regional economic communities (RECs).
By providing policy-relevant data and analysis, facilitating dialogue among stakeholders, monitoring progress in achieving goals, and strengthening mutual accountability processes, ReSAKSS supports the successful implementation of CAADP. Key ReSAKSS activities include monitoring CAADP progress through its interactive website and the Annual Trends and Outlook Report (ATOR); enhancing Mutual Accountability in African agricultural policymaking through Joint Sector Review assessments and support to the continental Biennial Review; support to the design of evidence-based National Agriculture Investment Plans; and strengthening country-level knowledge and analysis capacities by establishing country Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support Systems.
Monitoring CAADP progress
ReSAKSS fills critical knowledge gaps by helping African countries to assess their progress toward meeting CAADP and Malabo Declaration goals for transforming agriculture and improving livelihoods. Using innovative knowledge tools, ReSAKSS tracks progress on over 30 core CAADP indicators. The ReSAKSS website features an interactive map and chart and country and regional profiles to monitor progress across the continent by geographic region, regional economic community, economic category, and stage of CAADP implementation reached. The ReSAKSS website also features interactive country eAtlases for mapping and analyzing data at the subnational level and provides access to datasets, publications, and resources on CAADP mutual accountability processes. ReSAKSS also tracks progress on CAADP indicators through its flagship Annual Trends and Outlook Report (ATOR). Launched in 2008, the ATOR is the official CAADP monitoring and evaluation report. In addition to tracking progress on CAADP indicators, each Africa-wide ATOR delves into a topic of strategic importance to the CAADP and Malabo agendas.
Enhancing Mutual Accountability
ReSAKSS, in collaboration with country stakeholders, the AUC, NEPAD Agency, and other development partners, facilitates agriculture joint sector reviews (JSRs) that are regular, inclusive, comprehensive, and technically robust. ReSAKSS conducts assessments of country and regional JSRs to evaluate both the institutional and policy landscape and the quality of current agricultural review processes and to develop action plans for improving or establishing best-practice JSRs. Outcomes of the assessments have been used to strengthen agriculture JSR processes where they exist and establish new JSRs.
ReSAKSS also provides technical assistance to the CAADP Biennial Review Process, which reviews country, regional, and continental progress toward meeting the 2014 Malabo Declaration commitments. ReSAKSS supported the inaugural Biennial Review of 2018 as well as subsequent reviews through development of technical guidelines, tools, and indicators; training of national experts from across Africa; development of a user-friendly interface for data entry and automatic generation of scorecards; and support to efforts by countries and regional economic communities related to data collection and analysis, data entry, and drafting of country reports, regional summaries, and the continental report. ReSAKSS also supports the AUC and NPCA in drawing lessons to strengthen the review process, methodologies, and tools.
Promoting evidence-based National Agriculture Investment Plans
As many countries’ first-generation national agricultural investment plans (NAIPs) have ended, the next-generation plans must achieve the goals and targets of the 2014 Malabo Declaration. Together with local and international actors, ReSAKSS supports the development and implementation of next-generation NAIPs that are Malabo compliant through the creation of (1) a NAIP Toolbox that outlines metrics, analytical tools, methodologies, and core programmatic components to guide NAIP design; (2) a NAIP Experts Group of over 200 researchers from across Africa to provide technical support to countries; and (3) a NAIP Task Force to provide training, backstopping, and quality control for the local experts. Analytical support provided by the Experts Group includes an evaluation of each country’s current situation with respect to the Malabo thematic areas; the identification of investment priorities to increase a country’s likelihood of achieving key Malabo commitments and goals; and a qualitative assessment of good practices and indicated actions to accelerate progress under the Malabo thematic areas.
Establishing country SAKSS platforms
ReSAKSS works with national governments, including CAADP teams, to set up and strengthen Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support Systems (SAKSS) rooted in local capacities and infrastructure. The country SAKSS is a critical instrument for supporting the review of and dialogue on CAADP implementation as well as providing country-level data and analyses.
To improve analysis and visualization of policy data, ReSAKSS has been developing country eAtlases. These are a core tools of the SAKSS platforms for mapping highly disaggregated data on agricultural, socioeconomic, and biophysical indicators in a centralized and interactive system. The eAtlases improve country data and knowledge management and help policy analysts and policy makers access and use subnational-level data to guide agricultural policy and investment decisions. In addition, with an eye to building institutional and technical capacity, ReSAKSS shares best practices for data collection and analysis; collaborates on strategic analysis with in-country partners; and organizes trainings, workshops, and conferences. For more information, visit www.resakss.org.