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Guidance note: Community engagement in Anticipatory Action








FAO. 2023. Guidance note: Community engagement in Anticipatory Action. Rome.



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    Guidance note: Risk communication and community engagement
    Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic
    2020
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    Information is a form of assistance in itself. Access to accurate information can allow people to make informed decisions to protect themselves. Moreover, understanding drivers of behaviour and integrating that understanding into communication approaches can make information more likely to result in desired action. Preparedness and response activities should be based on protection and related “do no harm” principles and conducted in a participatory manner that is informed by community feedback. Communication efforts must respond to stakeholder concerns, mis/disinformation and behavioral factors. Transparent and consistent messaging in local languages through trusted channels can help address barriers to change. Furthermore, by using community-based networks, engaging key influencers and building local capacities, communication can more effectively mitigate risks to more efficiently establish the authority and trust required to rapidly mount responses. Hence, Risk communication and community engagement (RCCE) refers to the processes and approaches to systematically consult, engage and communicate with communities who are at risk, or whose practices affect risk. The aim is to encourage, enable and include stakeholders in the prevention of and response to risks by adapting communication to local realities. In the case of COVID-19, RCCE enables authorities and communities to work together to promote healthy behaviour and reduce the risk of spreading infectious diseases. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) developed this guidance note to support Pillar IV of the country-level activities under the framework of FAO’s component of the Global Humanitarian Response Plan for COVID-19: “Ensuring food supply chain actors are not at risk of COVID 19 transmission” through risk communication and community engagement (RCCE), together with the World Health Organization (WHO) and national authorities. In alignment with the Organization’s commitments on Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP), this guidance note aims to support country offices in designing and implementing inclusive RCCE initiatives.
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    Adopting anticipatory action and shock-responsive social protection to strengthen disaster preparedness and resilience: Learning from the ASEAN region
    Webinar – 4 April 2022: Key takeaway messages
    2022
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    This webinar, the fifth webinar of a series on Anticipatory Action, was called “Adopting Anticipatory Action and shock-responsive social protection to strengthen disaster preparedness and resilience: Learning from the ASEAN region”. It was co-organised with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat, in close collaboration with the Asia-Pacific Regional technical working group on Anticipatory Action and support from the European Union, by the Knowledge Sharing Platform on Resilience, within the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ (FAO's) Office of Emergencies and Resilience. Since May 2019, the FAO-led consortium of United Nations (UN) agencies (World Food Programme, United Nations Children's Fund, UN Women), Red Cross Red Crescent Movement (German Red Cross and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) (Save the Children International, People in Need, and Dan Church Aid) have been implementing the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO)-funded project: Scaling up Anticipatory Action and Shock Responsive Social Protection (SRSP) with innovative use of climate risk information for disaster resilience in ASEAN. The ambition of this project was to introduce new and innovative approaches in the implementation of the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response and its work programme. Since its inception, the project has been implementing the ASEAN Guidelines on Disaster Responsive Social Protection to support country roadmaps to incorporate it alongside Anticipatory Action. Specific target countries included: Cambodia, Myanmar, the Philippines and Viet Nam. In mid-October 2021, the project commissioned an independent external evaluation to assess the: (i) relevance of ECHO-supported interventions since 2017; (ii) efficiency and effectiveness of implementation encompassing partnerships, operational arrangements and resource utilization; (iii) achievement of results and impacts on capacity development of ASEAN member states, particularly project target countries and ASEAN; and (iv) cross-cutting issues including inclusivity and resilience. The participatory review process involved all relevant stakeholders: beneficiaries, government officials, ASEAN sector bodies, implementing UN agencies, NGO partners and others. Against this background, the webinar specifically aimed to: • present the key findings on the progress of advancing Anticipatory Action and SRSP in ASEAN (and beyond) through an institutionalized approach; • illustrate project results and lessons learned relevant to the adoption, institutionalization and sustainable financing of Anticipatory Action and SRSP, including meaningful evidence of the project’s COVID-19 cash transfer impacts on beneficiaries; and • discuss recommendations for further scaling up and sustaining the proven approaches.
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    FAO-WFP Anticipatory Action Strategy
    Scaling up anticipatory actions to prevent food crises – September 2023
    2023
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    Recognizing that the increasing number of food crises require resources and capacities far beyond the reach of any individual organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) are partnering together to scale up the reach of Anticipatory Action. This means acting ahead of predicted hazards to mitigate acute humanitarian impacts before they fully unfold. The two agencies are committed to further strengthening collaboration on selected strategic and technical areas that bring out their comparative strengths and maximize the benefit to communities at risk of shocks to their food security. By partnering on scaling up Anticipatory Action, WFP and FAO commit to: 1. jointly deliver a comprehensive set of Anticipatory Action measures to protect people’s food security from shocks; 2. expand the geographic coverage and anticipation for different types of shocks, beyond hydrometeorological hazards, that can be predicted and affect agriculture and food security; and 3. jointly advocate for the mainstreaming of Anticipatory Action within key policies, processes and institutions, including disaster risk management, social protection and climate change adaptation to enable sustainability and greater cost efficiencies.

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