The Policy Analysis Group (PAG)

Overview
PAG is an informal community of practice and voluntary group with members working on agricultural policy projects and initiatives, including NGOs, non-state actors, private sector, academia and think tanks. The group has over 20 members, of which ASPIRES is among. The group provides a platform for sharing information on policy research and activities to enhance coordination, collaboration and synergies. PAG also aims at ensuring consistency in policy messaging. Established in 2013, the Policy Analysis Group (PAG) responds to the need for a coordination platform for policy reforms.

PAG’s objectives are:

    • To create consistency in policy messaging,
    • To ensure alignment of policy projects towards a common goal,
    • To build local capacity in policy analysis for sustainability. 

Activities
PAG provides a platform for sharing information on policy research and activities. PAG members collaborate to ensure consistency in policy messaging based on PAG members’ comparative advantages in the implementation of agricultural policy activities in Tanzania.

As an outcome example, ASPIRES collaborated with AGRA, Africa Lead, PS3, and the Government of Tanzania (Ministry of Agriculture & President’s Office - Regional Administration and Local Government) to roll out the Capacity Building and Socialization workshops on the Agricultural Sector Development Program (ASDP II) which built the capacity of 960 LGA leadership individuals from across 184 LGAs, including 122 District Commissioners (DCs), 20 Regional Commissioners (RCs) and 24 Regional Administrative Secretaries (RASs).

The PAG also holds its flagship annual high level policy dialogue known as the Annual Agricultural Policy Conference (AAPC; see AAPC 2017). The Conference brings together key stakeholders working on agricultural policy projects and initiatives to share key empirical findings from ongoing research in the agricultural sector, and deliberate on the challenges, opportunities, emerging issues and potential areas for further collaboration.

PAG’s 20 members include: