The 2021 annual work program and budget of CORAF focused on furthering the organization’s strategic mission has been approved. This is one of the main outcomes of the 29th Governing Board, which held virtually recently.
CORAF is presently into the third year of its current Operational Plan (OP) —a program designed to enhance food and nutrition security and boost West and Central Africa’s prosperity. Each year, the organization agrees on a set of activities meant to contribute to these strategic priorities. Funding is provided by many donors, including USAID, the European Union, the Swiss Cooperation, etc. The plan is submitted to the Governing Board for consideration and approval.
The current plan was approved within a challenging environment characterized by the COVID-19 pandemic. Like in most organizations, COVID-19 disrupted the implementation of the 2020 work. In planning for 2021, CORAF program designers factored in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, providing country supervision teams to ensure seamless continuity of program delivery.
“What was achieved in 2020 was commendable. 2021 would be equally challenging, but I will like to call on all of us to step up our work for the people of West and Central Africa who need help the most,” said the CORAF Governing Board Chair, Dr. Angela Moreno of Cape Verde.
CORAF has continued to enjoy several donors’ trust, including recently the Swiss Agency for International Development (SDC), which sealed a new partnership agreement in the last quarter of 2020.
“I will like to thank the Governing Board members, the Executive Director and the Secretariat staff, donors, and all our partners for the work accomplished in 2020, and the trust they have in CORAF,” added Dr. Angela Moreno.
The 29th Governing Board meeting also approved a December 01, 2020, Executive Committee decision to hold the 13th General Assembly of CORAF in two phases. Governing Board meetings are also meant to review and approve progress implementation reports, audit reports, and status changes. All the documents submitted for consideration in this Board meeting were approved.