IFAD Project and Partner FAQs (English, Spanish & French)

The FAQs in English are available below.

En español las preguntas más frecuentes están disponibles aquí.

En français la FAQ peut être trouvée ici.

 

  1. Who is eligible to submit a proposal?.

¿Quién puede enviar una propuesta?

Qui est éligible pour la soumission d’une proposition ?

  1. Can IFAD staff submit a research proposal?

¿Puede el personal del FIDA presentar una propuesta de investigación?

Est-ce que le personnel d’IFAD peut soumettre une proposition de recherche ?

  1. Where can I post a research proposal?

¿Dónde puedo publicar una propuesta de investigación?

Où puis-je publier une proposition de recherche ?

  1. Where can I find all of the posted research proposals?

¿Dónde puedo encontrar todas las propuestas de investigación publicadas?

Où puis-je trouver toutes les propositions de recherche publiées ?

  1. What is the deadline to send a research proposal?

¿Cuál es el plazo para enviar una propuesta de investigación?

Quelle est la date limite pour acheminer une proposition de recherche ?

  1. What is the key information needed in a research proposal?

¿Cuál es la principal información que se necesita en una propuesta de investigación?

Quelles informations essentielles sont requises dans une proposition de recherche ?

  1. Are there any formatting requirements?

¿Hay algún requisito con respecto al formato?

Existe-t-il des exigences de mise en forme ?

  1. What should be the thematic theme of the research proposal?

¿Cuál debería ser el tema de la propuesta de investigación?

Quel devrait être la thématique de la proposition de recherche ?

  1. What are some concrete examples of research proposal topics?

¿Cuáles son algunos de los ejemplos concretos de temas para las propuestas de investigación?

Quels sont quelques exemples concrets de sujets de proposition de recherche ?

  1. What happens after an IFAD project/partner submits a research proposal?

¿Qué ocurre después de que un proyecto/socio del FIDA presenta una propuesta de investigación?

Que se passe-t-il après qu’un partenaire ou projet IFAD ait soumis une proposition de recherche ?

  1. Which students are eligible to participate in this programme?

¿Qué estudiantes pueden participar en este programa?

Quels étudiants sont éligibles pour la participation à ce programme ?

  1. Who selects the student for a specific research proposal?

¿Quién selecciona al estudiante para una propuesta de investigación específica?

Qui sélectionne les étudiants pour une proposition spécifique de recherche ?

  1. When will the student go to the field?

¿Cuándo irá el estudiante al campo de investigación?

Quand l’étudiant se rendra-t-il sur le terrain ?

  1. How long will the student be in the field?

¿Cuánto tiempo se quedará el estudiante en el campo?

Combien de temps l’étudiant demeura-t-il sur le terrain ?

  1. What happens when a student is matched to an IFAD project/partner?

¿Qué sucede cuando un estudiante es seleccionado para un proyecto/socio del FIDA?

Que se passe-t-il lorsqu’un étudiant est associé avec un partenaire/projet IFAD ?

  1. What are the deliverables that can be expected from the student?

¿Qué material se espera que entregue el estudiante?

Qui supervisera le travail de l’étudiant sélectionné impliqué dans le projet ou auprès du partenaire IFAD ?

  1. Who will supervise the work of the selected student while with the IFAD project/partner?

¿Quién supervisa el trabajo del estudiante seleccionado mientras está con el proyecto/socio del FIDA?

Quels sont les responsabilités du partenaire/projet IFAD accueillant l’étudiant ?

  1. What are the responsibilities of the IFAD project/partner hosting the student?

¿Cuáles son las responsabilidades del proyecto/socio del FIDA mientras esté alojando al estudiante?

Qui aidera l’étudiant relativement à la logistique du pays du projet/partenaire avant son arrivée ?

  1. Who will assist the student with IFAD project/partner country logistics prior to their arrival?

¿Quién ayuda al estudiante con la logística del país del proyecto/socio del FIDA antes de su llegada?

Qui aidera l’étudiant relativement à la logistique du pays du projet/partenaire avant son arrivée ?

  1. What will happen to these research reports once they are completed?

¿Qué sucede con los informes de la investigación una vez terminados?

Qu’arrivera-t-il aux rapports de recherche une fois terminés ?

  1. Who should I contact if I have a question about the student or their work?

¿A quién debo contactar si tengo una pregunta sobre el estudiante o su trabajo?

Avec qui devrais-je communiquer si j’ai une question à propos de l’étudiant ou de son travail ?

  1. Are all students enrolled in any Master’s degree eligible to apply to this Programme?

¿Todos los estudiantes inscriptos en una Maestría son elegibles para participar de este programa?

Est-ce que tous les étudiants inscrits à un programme de maîtrise sont éligibles pour l’inscription à ce programme ?

  1. Can other Master programs join the Global Association of MDP?

¿Pueden agregarse otros programas de Maestrías a la Asociación Global de MDP?

Est-ce que d’autres programmes de maîtrise peuvent rejoindre l’association mondiale de MDP ?

 

1.Who is eligible to submit a proposal?

Two categories are eligible to submit a proposal: A) IFAD-supported development projects around the world ; and B) IFAD partners.

IFAD partner is defined as i) either a recipient of IFAD grant support or  ii) as an implementing partner of an IFAD-supported development project (e.g. an organization responsible to implement project activities )

2. Can IFAD staff submit a research proposal?

No, IFAD staff, at HQs or in IFAD Country Offices, cannot submit research proposals. However they can encourage  IFAD-supported projects and IFAD partners  to submit a research proposal which may have elements of common interest.

3. Where can I post a research proposal?

Go to this link (https://mdpglobal.submittable.com/submit/b109e638-6684-45ed-83c9-d09a5046549b)  to post a research proposal.

4. Where can I find all of the available research proposals? 

Go to this link (https://mdpglobal.submittable.com/submit) to see all of the available research proposals.

5. What is the deadline to send a research proposal?

There is no deadline.  Research proposals are welcome all year-round.  However, IFAD projects and partners are encouraged to submit their research proposals as soon as possible .  Most students do their 3 months field experience between May and August.

6. What is the key information needed in a research proposal?

The following points are required:

Brief background

Research objectives

Research activities and proposed timeframe

Duties and responsibilities of student

Expected output or “Deliverable”

7. Are there any formatting requirements ?

No. Two examples are provided below . There is only a limit of 500 characters

Example 1:

GOAL ACTIVITIES     DELIVERABLES
1. Develop a draft business plan for the coffee washing unit ·         Research on required technology for coffee washing

·         Collect relevant costing data for the stat-up business

·         Collect relevant data on overall management structure and services provided by the start-up business

·         Determine short-term and long-term financial requirements for the business

·         Develop pricing models for services provided,

·         Identify potential markets for services provided,

·         Develop P/L and cash flow forecasts.

·     Draft business plan for the coffee washing

8. What should be the thematic theme of the research proposal?

Research proposals should fall into one of the following four thematic priorities

  • Agronomy & Veterinary (e.g. extension systems, crop analysis, livestock production,etc)
  • Economic & Finance Studies (e.g value chain analysis, rural finance, marketing for agri-business, socio-economic studies etc)
  • Environment and Natural Management (e.g. environmental engineering, climate change adaptation,etc.)
  • Development Studies (e.g. monitoring & evaluation, development effectiveness,etc.)

9. What are some concrete examples of research proposal topics?

  • Analysis of Value Chain stakeholder capacities: students could consult a number of value chain stakeholders, the project is engaging/ planning to engage with to better identify specifics of project activities, e.g. training requirements, business models, etc.
  • Marketing studies, socio-economic assessment studies, land tenure studies: students may be requested to carry out research and data collection around project specific needs. This could comprise the majority of cases
  • Analysis of project Monitoring & Evaluation data: students could compile, clean and analyse existing project date, such as on farm level productivity, household assets, marketing channels and/or use of inputs, to assist project teams to identify bottlenecks, as well as estimate project impacts.
  • Knowledge management products: students could produce informative Knowledge Management products, e.g. based on stakeholder interviews and use gathered as well as secondary data to place IFAD project results in a given country context.
  • Policy analysis: students could review existing policies that frame, enable and constrain project activities and make suggestion for stakeholder engagement as well as areas for policy consultation or even modifications.

10. What happens after an IFAD project/partner submits a research proposal?

The research proposal will be made visible on line to the students of the Global Association of MDPs at this link (https://mdpglobal.submittable.com/submit) . Students will be able to browse and select the research proposal of their interest.

11. Which students are eligible to participate in this programme?

The eligible students need to be enrolled in one of the Masters in Development Practice (http://mdpglobal.org/) and have;

Completed at least one year of coursework;

  • Good academic records
  • Alignment of their studies with the research proposal
  • Knowledge of local language (if needed by the assignment)
  • Long-term commitment to continue working on rural development upon completion of the MDPPriority will be given to financially disadvantaged students from list B/C IFAD borrowing member countries. In case the number of research proposals exceeds the number of applications submitted by priority students , students citizens of list A countries will be eligible to participate. These students, however, will not be eligible for any funding from the IFAD grant.

12. Who selects the student for a specific research proposal?

In case of multiple requests for the same research proposal, the MDP Secretariat will narrow the number of eligible applicants to a maximum of 3 before leaving the final decision to the originator of the research proposal whose final decision is required. In case of one request the MDP Secretariat will decide if the student meets the requirements of a research proposal and if so will put the student in contact with the originator of the research proposal.

13. When will the student go to the field?

MDP programs around the world don’t follow the same academic year, but normally students will be in the field in June, July and August. However, the exact period of the field practicum is negotiable and can be discussed once a student is paired with an IFAD project/partner.

14. How long will the student be in the field?

Three months is the minimum field period required by the Masters in Development Practice to graduate (Field Practicum).  However a longer period ( maximum 6 months) can be negotiated between the project or partner submitting the research request and the students and his/her supervisor.

15. What happens when a student is matched to an IFAD project/partner?

Once the ‘match’ is completed, the student will contact the IFAD project/partner.   The student will ask further questions about the research proposal. The student may also have questions about travel logistics such as city and airport of arrival, safe and recommended long-term accommodations, etc.

16. What are the deliverables that can be expected from the student?

The students will be responsible for developing a research plan that is based on the IFAD project/partner developed research proposal.  This research plan will be developed prior to the student travelling to the IFAD project/partner site.  This research plan will initially guide the student in their research but they understand that the research plan may change based on the specific IFAD project/partner’s evolving priorities.  During the field practicum, the student is also responsible for developing a research report that may include a specific deliverable requested by the IFAD project/partner.  The student should present their findings to the IFAD project/partner prior to the completion of the field practicum.  This presentation allows maximum stakeholder participation and validation. The research report will be edited and finalized once the student returns to their academic institution.

17. Who will supervise the work of the selected student while with the IFAD project/partner?

It is assumed that the work of the selected student will be supervised by the person submitting the IFAD project/partner research proposal. Specifically, this person will be the key contact regarding any questions the student may have regarding the research proposal.   Questions may include,

  • Can I ask you to clarify the objective of the project regarding XXXXX?
  • How do you envision data collection?
  • Do you have data in place that I should be analysing, or will there be scope for primary data gathering (via focus groups, surveys etc.)?
  • Do you happen to have any documents (beyond the IFAD website) that would allow me to familiarize myself with the organization better?
  • There are multiple issues surrounding XXXX issue, is there a particular angle you would like me to focus on?

In addition, while in the field the student will work closely (mainly virtually) with their MDP faculty advisor who will provide him or her with a comprehensive academic support

18. What are the responsibilities of the IFAD project/partner hosting the student?

IFAD-supported projects/partners will provide all the support and backstopping needed to ensure that the intended objectives are met and provide technical guidance as necessary. They are not supposed to provide financial assistance. Please refer to question no.17  and 19 for more details.

19. Who will assist the student with IFAD project/partner country logistics prior to their arrival?

The student will be responsible for arranging their own travel, accommodations and meals. However, it is expected that on the research proposal form the IFAD project/partner will provide their suggestions regarding which city and airport the student should fly into, where they should stay and eat and information on airport pick-up upon their arrival.

20. What will happen to these research reports once they are completed? 

The completed research reports will be available on a virtual repository that is maintained by the MDP Secretariat but available to the public in general. This means anyone with access to the World Wide Web will be able to review these reports. In addition, the best 10% reports will be presented at IFAD HQs every year (so 2 the first year, 5 in year 2 and year 3)and other venues around the world. Finally, a sample of field practicum reports and other deliverables will be professionally analysed to accomplish the following:

  • draw broader lessons about the recurrent issues,
  • identify the common strengths and challenges of the studies,
  • examine the areas in which students found to be most relevant to their future work and most rewarding to their professional growth;
  • offer recommendations for programmatic changes, as appropriate; and
  • provide information to IFAD projects/partners on outcomes associated with their grant making.

The Meta-Study will capitalize on the available reports and generate insights on IFAD project needs, as well as grant outcomes with regard to students’ motivation and project-level solutions.

21.  Who should I contact if I have other questions about the programme?

For inquiries regarding this programme, the applicants (students) or their work please Contact the MDP Secretariat at lrodriguez@ei.columbia.edu.

22. Are all students enrolled in any Master’s degree eligible to apply to this Programme?

No, only students enrolled in one of the Master’s in Development Practice programs can apply.

23. Can other Master programs join the Global Association of MDP?

Yes.  Academic institutions interested in developing  an MDP program or adapting an already existing sustainable development program should contact the MDP Secretariat at lrodriguez@ei.columbia.edu.