Ethiopian commodity marketing system attracts interest

Kenya is one of three countries that are eyeing software developed by the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX) to market and sell agricultural products through an internet portal. The others are Zimbabwe and Tanzania who believe the tool that can improve farmer’s earnings. This was announced by ECX chief executive Dr Eleni Gadri-Madhini said at the seventh African Fine Coffee Conference and Exhibition held in Mombasa last week.

The software serves farmers, traders, processors, exporters and consumers. It provides a secure and reliable system of handling, grading, and storing commodities, matching offers and bids for commodity transactions, and a risk-free payment and goods delivery system. Once adopted, farmers will have increased access to market information and be able to trade coffee directly.

IHP+Results site monitors health aid effectiveness

IHP+Results is an excellent site leading the way in transparent reporting on aid effectiveness in the health sector. It is maintained by an independent consortium contracted to monitor the progress of the  International Health Partnership and Related Initiatives (IHP+).

Launched in September 2007, the IHP+ aims to better harmonize donor funding commitments, and improve the way international agencies, donors and developing countries work together to develop and implement national health plans. It has four main objectives consistent with the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness:

  • Develop ‘country compacts’ that commit development partners to provide sustained and predictable funding and increase harmonization and alignment in support of results orientated national plans and strategies that also tackle health system constraints.
  • Generate and disseminate knowledge, guidance, and tools in specific technical areas related to strengthening health systems and services.
  • Enhance coordination and efficiency as well as leverage predictable and sustained aid delivery for health.
  • Ensure mutual accountability and monitoring of performance

The IHP+Results process covers the second phase of the IHP+ from 2009 to 2011.  It will focus primarily on monitoring and evaluating the implementation of commitments set out in IHP+ global compact and in IHP+ country compacts.  The IHP+Results process will be run through an independent North-South Consortium (the IHP+Results Consortium) of research and advocacy organizations, led by Responsible Action, part of the Human|Scale Development Group.

The site currently reports on developments in Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria and Zambia. It also tracks the performance of development partners and provides commentary and discussions on the Results Areas it uses to monitor commitments.

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