Assessing returns on agricultural development investments

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Client Private foundations (including the world's largest non-profit family foundation)
Dates 2012
Service(s)Policy & Economics, Strategy & Finance
CEPA worked with staff from the Strategy, Planning and Management function of the Agricultural Development team at the world’s largest private, family-run philanthropic foundation to develop a framework and methodology for assessing the return on investment of the Foundation’s agricultural development grants. This allows the Foundation’s leadership to assess the contribution of each grant to its sustainable productivity and scaling goals in its priority countries.
CEPA drew upon its previous work on the Foundation’s agricultural investment cost model (in 2011), and on assessing the return on investment (RoI) for a number of organisations, including the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and the Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines (GALVmed). CEPA also reviewed other approaches to the ex-ante projection of RoI and liaised with the Foundation’s program officers to develop and refine the approach. Post-development, the methodology was tested on a selection of case study grants.