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FAO and partners set example for regional collaboration










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    Zimbabwe Livelihoods and Food Security Programme (LFSP)
    Operational and strategic partnerships to deliver integrated programme with widespread results for Zimbabwe's poorest farmers
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    Zimbabwe has some of the highest levels of food insecurity in Sub-Saharan Africa, regardless of the outcome of its agricultural seasons. In this context, the engagement with operational partners in the context of Zimbabwe Livelihoods and Food Security Programme (LFSP) has had a profound impact on FAO’s ability to achieve results on the ground. Through OPIM (Operational Partners Implementation Modality), FAO could capitalize on the comparative advantage of its partners, drawing on invaluable local knowledge and resources to broaden the scope and reach of its interventions. LFSP’s engagement of a variety of partners with diverse experiences has, for instance, opened up multiple avenues to reach beneficiaries with new knowledge, skills and technologies. Similarly, LFSP’s operational partners have benefited from FAO’s own expertise. The existence of governance structures has ensured compliance with contractual obligations in terms of programme delivery, tracking results, risk management and achieving value for money through a structured monitoring and accountability process. Continuos communication and close coordination with operational partners was also a key feature for the project success and has translated into a strong culture of feedback between FAO and its operational partners, having a profound impact on the programme adaptability.
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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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    Delivering projects and programmes in operational partnership 2019
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    The Operational Partners Implementation Modality (OPIM) allows FAO to carry out projects in collaboration with national and non-profit actors, to achieve more sustainable results. The main objectives are to increase national ownership, build capacity of the partner through implementation of projects, and make the best use of expertise available on the ground. In most cases, FAO is fully accountable for the resources it receives from the resource partner, ensuring that funds are used for their intended purposes and for the technical soundness of the project/programme results. Working with Operational Partners is thus an opportunity that comes with risks, which must be managed throughout the life of the project. Key elements of risk management approach include mainly capacity assessment of the potential Operational Partner, signature of a legally binding agreement, spot checks, audit and progress monitoring during implementation. Through close collaboration and its monitoring activities FAO contributes to the partner's capacity development.

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