These three questions formed the index’s three components/dimensions. Subcomponents and indicators were subsequently development based on ideas generated by grassroots communities through the concept mapping methodology. A rapid appraisal instrument was developed to follow up on the issues and the responses synthesized into an index. Weighting of the idex was done at both indicator, sub-component and component levels. Various weighting scenarios were developed in terms of weighting the three broad components and equal weighting was settled on
The GFI is index is now out and we have a refined GFI draft document (longer version) as well as produced a GFI brief (shorter version). In the main, focus has been on strengthening GFI methodology, marketing the tool to promote uptake as well as seek partnerships for extended studies. Efforts are underway to raise awareness around GFI, build partnerships with CSOs, academic institutions, private sector in using GFI as a development tool as well as expanding the GFI survey.
The GFI has received widespread support from development stakeholders ranging from African development institutions (such as UNECA, AfDB), Civil Society Organizations, Academic Institutions (such as University of Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa; Free State University, South Africa; University of Ibadan, Nigeria; among others) as well as private sector institutions, among others.
In addition to these engagements the GFI report has been submitted as an article with AfDB Journal, as a way of securing property rights around the concept. Comments from reviewers have been received and now we are finalizing them.
Engagements with stakeholders ranging from academic institutions, civil society organizations, private sector, etc, around the GFI document has revealed the following importance of GFI to development;
Engagement with policy makers, CSOs, private sector, and academia will be intensified. This will be done with the aim of buy-in into the GFI methodology, advoting for policy practice change on the basis of the pilot results and African Monitor's grassroots work to date as well as partnership around extending the survey and enhancing our understanding around the issues.
The pilot countries are South Africa, Nigeria and Cameroon.