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Strategic Programme 6 : Policy and Capacity Building

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5. AU-IBAR's roles and strategies to achieve desired goals

AU-IBAR will apply the following strategies to achieve the desired result areas:

  • Initial investment in understanding the current policy landscape (current policies, stages of implementation and implementation constraints, policy gaps and potential partners in policy work) relevant for animal resources development. This will involve all strategic programmes. Work already done by others, for example FAO's PPLPI, and priorities designated by RECs and Member States, will form an important basis for defining AUIBAR's niche in this programme.
  • Investment in veterinary services by encouraging countries to complete all steps of OIE PVS Process (initial OIE PVS Evaluation; OIE PVS Gap Analysis; and PVS Follow Up Evaluation missions), as well as its complementary projects, such as legislation and twinning of laboratories.
  • In all policy-related work, AU-IBAR's role will be facilitative – from identification of the constraints to developing specific interventions.
  • A key approach will be the development of evidence that is needed to make a case for new or revised policies.
  • AU-IBAR will proactively use available evidence to develop policy papers and briefs targeting specific audiences, such as policymakers in Member States, RECs and donor organizations.
  • AU-IBAR's main instrument for influencing the policy landscape will be through convening processes and advocacy, taking advantage of the many forums that it can access as an organ of the AU.
  • AU-IBAR will work closely with Member States to identify critical capacity gaps that constrain animal resources development and will engage development partners to secure the resources for capacity development for Member States and RECs.
  • Capacity landscape mapping will include areas other than policy. This programme will work with others in the mapping exercise and in developing intervention strategies that exploit synergies and avoid repetitive, overlapping and resource-inefficient interventions.
  • Potential partnerships for policy and capacity development include: ALive platform (5-6 policy papers); International Scientific Council for Trypanosomiasis Research and Control (ISCTRC); research institutions such as ILRI, IFPRI and CIRAD; policy department of DREA; OIE, FAO and WHO; PANVAC; RECs; and Member States.
  • New partnerships with universities as sources of expertise, knowledge and innovation; civil society organisations; national and international institutes of policy research.