Participatory Analytic Hierarchy Process for Resource Allocation in Agricultural Development Projects

Eval Program Plann. 2020 Feb 10;80:101793. doi: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2020.101793. Online ahead of print.

Abstract

In the framework of 2030 Agenda sustainable agriculture plays a central role. In the field of international aid the participatory approaches to assessment, research, management and budgeting have been widely studied and applied in the last decades, mostly because international aid initiatives, in all their relevant phases from planning through implementation, monitoring and evaluation, are faced with the problem of identifying initiatives that could be successfully and sustainably implemented. The present paper investigates the use of a modified form of analytic hierarchy process, namely the participatory analytic hierarchy process, as a tool for choice criteria elicitation and resource allocation in the framework of an operational planning for agricultural development projects in the Dioceses of Goma, Nord Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo. During our research, we were able to make use of most frequent inconsistencies in pairwise comparison matrixes in order to stimulate the debate, to adjust local preferences and to build consensus across the group. From an operational point of view, the PAHP methodology was also suited for training the project team and for identifying a shared resource allocation pattern, which matches the existing international guidelines for agricultural development in the region.

Keywords: AHP; Analytic hierarchy process; Criteria elicitation; DRC; Goma; Nord Kivu; Resource allocation; Sustainable agricultural development.