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Sustaining peace in the Sahel and West Africa

Lessons learned and best practices from FAO Peacebuilding Fund projects








FAO. 2023. Sustaining peace in the Sahel and West Africa  Lessons learned and best practices from FAO Peacebuilding Fund projects. Rome.



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    Since 1994 FSAU has invested considerable energy to improve the rigour of the units food security, nutrition, and livelihoods analysis, and its relevance for decision making. To help meet these goals of rigor and relevance, since February 2004 FSAU has been developing and using a tool called the Integrated Food Security and Humanitarian Phase Classifi cation (IPC). In addition to consistently improving analysis and facilitating effective response in the context of Somalia, there are strong in dications that the IPC is relevant on a wider scale, as it serves as a common currency for food security and humanitarian analysis. This manual provides technical guidance to the use of IPC among FSAU analysts and technical partners, and will hopefully contribute to on-going global efforts to standardize core elements of humanitarian analysis and response (e.g., the SMART, Benchmarking, Needs Analysis Framework, Humanitarian Tracking Service, and Sphere Project). The IPC builds from aspects of many existing classifi cation systems and academic literature. The practical strength of the IPC, however, is that it was developed through the every day realities of conducting food security analysis and linking it to action within the context of a complex emergency. In addition, the IPC development has benefi ted from technical feedback of expert practitioners and high level decision makers through dozens of forums in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the USA. Appendix 7.1 lists just some of these meetings, for whom we are extremely grateful for their technical input.Thank you to the FSAU technical partners from WFP, UNICEF, OCHA, SC-UK, CARE, the Somalia Transitional Federal Government, authorities from Somaliland and Puntland, and numerous others for their technical input and continued support towards the development and usage of the IPC. Wolfgang Herbinger and many other colleagues from WFP Rome have also made substantial contributions to the IPC revisions.

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    Evaluation of the project “Creating peaceful societies through women’s improved access to management of natural resources, land tenure rights and economic empowerment in Sierra Leone”
    Project code: UNJP/SIL/050/PBF
    2021
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    This report presents the results of the evaluation of the project “Creating peaceful societies through women’s improved access to management of natural resources, land tenure rights and economic empowerment in Sierra Leone” (UNJP/SIL/050/PBF), jointly implemented by FAO and ILO between 2019 and 2020. The project aimed at addressing the two underlying causes of conflicts in Sierra Leone - gender discrimination and fragmented land governance - by focusing on: i) more effective and gender-inclusive land tenure governance; and ii) women’s economic empowerment through skills, knowledge, gender-sensitive financial services and organizational capacity. The project was clearly appropriate and strategic to the main peacebuilding goals and challenges in Sierra Leone. It was also clear that the project has successfully created a momentum for women and their communities at large to more confidently address conflict issues in the future. Women’s participation in design and management of income-generating economic activities was particularly successful. The evaluation makes a number of recommendations, including a follow-up of the livelihood component. Scale-up and sustainability should be the next steps for widespread mapping of family-owned lands. Providing a lighter version of the mapping software (SOLA) would help in this regard, and it could also sustain mapping at the community level after project closure.
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