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Title:Developing Decentralized Capacity for Development Policy Analysis: Lessons for Agricultural Development from Food Security and Nutrition Monitoring in Malawi
Authors:Babu, Suresh C.
Ola, D.H. Ng'Ong'
Mthindi, G.B.
Periodical:African Development Review
Geographic term:Malawi
Subjects:capacity building
food policy
agricultural policy
Development and Technology
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Abstract:Lack of sufficient analytical capacity in most of the developing countries of sub-Saharan Africa has been suggested as a major factor determining the appropriateness of development policy interventions. Overall institutional arrangements that facilitate the use of existing capacity for policy analysis are necessary. Developing decentralized capacity for designing development plans and policies is suggested as one way of achieving this objective. The present paper documents such an approach as implemented in Malawi for the past three years in the context of agricultural development. The paper first develops a conceptual framework for identifying the areas of capacity development in food and agricultural policy analysis. It provides an example of a decentralized regional capacity-building approach in food policy analysis, based on the example of Malawi's Food Security and Nutrition Monitoring system, which was initiated in 1989, and presents specific examples of policy analysis skills that can be imparted at the decentralized levels. Finally, it outlines lessons for similar approaches in other sub-Saharan African countries. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French.