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Call for agenda proposals: 2013 Annual WFP Partnership Consultation

Voice your opinions and share your views!

As planning is now underway for this year’s Annual WFP Partnership Consultation, we invite you to share with us your views and suggestions for possible agenda topics. We are working on drafting the agenda in a way to address both strategic and technical aspects of our partnerships and would appreciate hearing from you. Please share your feedback with us so that we can take your ideas into consideration and ensure to address your concerns as best possible! Please note: in order for any comments to be published, kindly ensure to indicate your name and organisation along with your entry. With many thanks from the NGO Partnerships Office


 2013 APC: Proposed Agenda Topic


1)         Availability of cash flow/programme resourcing

2)         Case studies/Best practices

3)         Changing face of ‘humanitarian-development’ work

4)         Communication with crisis affected populations: local acceptance strategies and practices

5)         Gender

6)         Impact of US policy and its effect on food aid

7)         Implication of Arab Spring

8)         Joint advocacy: leveraging strength of partners to raise awareness together 

9)         Measuring performance on integrating protection in food assistance

10)    Principles of partnership

11)  Progress Update: 2012 APC Action Plan

11)    Resilience

12)    Transformative agenda

13)    Urban/protracted displacement




NGO teams

Adolescent Mothers and their Food and Nutrition Security

Plan welcomes WFP’s commitment to integrate gender into programming. Here we highlight and recommend discussion on a very specific area that has been neglected widely. Babies born to adolescent mothers are more likely to be nutrition deficient – mainly because within many Global South contexts, their mothers themselves are more likely to be malnourished. Many of the countries with the worst under nutrition indicators (including chronic, acute, micronutrient deficiency, and inter-uterine growth deficiency) also have extremely high adolescent fertility rates – so the same underweight, malnourished, anaemic girls are going on to have babies who will generally be born with low birth weights and a lack of nutrition from the very beginning of their ‘1,000 days’ window. Many of these countries on the list are also countries that experience cyclical emergencies thus placing an even greater disadvantage on these girls and their babies. The first 1,000 days – from conception to the age of two – are critical in terms of nutrition and development for a child. This is where a child’s brain and body are developing rapidly and good nutrition is essential for all future development. Stunting caused by chronic malnutrition at this age is irreversible. Global nutrition responses increasingly recognise the questionable demarcation between chronic and acute malnutrition programming. There is better clarity today about how chronic malnutrition reflects underlying nutritional vulnerability leading to high rates of acute malnutrition in emergencies. Repeated or protracted emergencies increase the general rate of chronic malnutrition. All these make a case for holistic programming to respond to undernutrition in a truly integrated and intergenerational way. Adolescent mothers are often one of the most vulnerable and hardest to reach populations in emergencies. They rarely access Child Protection in emergency interventions as they are not children; and they often don’t come to mother and baby interventions as they are too intimidated or can’t access relevant information . And yet both the mothers themselves and their infants represent the most nutritionally vulnerable within any given context. Surely more should be done to reach young mothers and their babies- WFP annual NGO consultation event is a strategic and timely opportunity to discuss this major concern. 1) some LDC show almost 50% rates of under nutrition amongst adolescent and over 30% rates of anaemia 2) Note, there is little substantiated evidence available to support this, but observations and responses from Niger, Cameroon, and Haiti support this idea. Globally we rarely age disaggregate for mothers in CMAM responses so until we start doing so, and compare to baseline adolescent fertility rates we cannot calculate who we are missing

2013 final agenda topics

From an NRC perspective

From an NRC perspective, the following topics are of greatest interest to us: gender US policy changes measuring performance on integrating protection principles of partnership - we would very much like to continue the discussion from last year's APC on how the partnership changes when we move towards food assistance and a broader use of cash-based approaches. We would also like to discuss this issue in the context of tripartite agreements, e.g. when WFP works with UNHCR in a refugee crises. Progress update on 2012 APC Action Plan Both urban and protracted displacements are of great interest to us, however, we would see them as two separate topics. We agree with the suggestion made by Welthungerhilfe that we could have several parallel discussions in break-out groups. In addition to the suggested topics, we would welcome a session on the audit report on the work with cooperating partners that was submitted to the board meeting in June. We are particularly interested in getting further information on the management response and possible planned changes / actions. Similar to other posts, I would like to thank the NGO partnerships office for this early opportunity to feed into the agenda. This possiblity to participate is highly appreciated!

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Proposed Agenda

Most of the Proposed Agenda Topics seem very relevant and interessting. Nevertheless for some topics we would need to have more details to assess what exactly should be discussed and what the outcome should be. Please find below some comments on the topics as well as some additional topics. For the further elaboration of the Agenda one should keep in mind that it might be more effective to discuss fewer topics in depth than discuss a lot of topics only in general. Maybe some of the topics can also be discussed parallel (e.g. in working groups) with a presentation in the plenum? What do you think? 1)Availability of Cash Flow/Programme Resourcing For us, it is not clear what should be discussed - please provide some details. 2)Gender What should be the aim of this topic? What kind of questions would you like to discuss. Maybe a good topic for a Working Group? 3)Resilience --In this topic it would be interessting to learn more about the contribution of WFP programming to resilience activities 4)Impact of US policy and its effect on food aid 5)Joint advocacy: leveraging strength of partners to raise awareness together Which topics and questions are in the focus? 6)Changing face of ‘humanitarian-development’ work: how is our world moving and how do we get better? Which aspects should be discussed? Around the debate of Humanitarian Assistance and Development and humanitarian principles? Or do you habe other aspects in mind? 7)Transformative Agenda 8)Urban/Protracted Displacement Maybe also a good tooic for a Working Group? 9)Principles of Partnership In form of mutual reporting? Reports of progress? With a link to the previous consultations? Aim not clear to us. Furthermore we would like to propose the following topics: Input to the new FLA with Q&A from the Working Group Follow-up 2012 Please feel free to come back to us to further discuss the agenda or in case you have questions. We very much welcome that you start so early with the preparation of the Partnership Consultations. Best regards! Annette Annette Wulf Advisor Institutional Donor Relations knowledgeXchange Unit

Purchase for Progress / Local Procurement

How can we incorporate the lessons, knowledge and systems gained by Purchase for Progress (P4P) into WFP activities? Specifically, how can WFP continue to support the development of local producer organizations? And, how can WFP continue increasing local procurement through these organizations?

Moving to recovery:successes & challenges fr partners in Darfur

Catholic Relief Services, World Vision International and German Agro Action (Welthungerlife) are interested in talking about some of the Food For Recovery work we are doing – some school construction, bridge crossings, hafir (underground reservoir designed for storing rain water) rehabilitation – and the needs for recovery in Darfur. We could then discuss some of the challenges – short FLAs that do not allow room for recovery, tonnage rate system that does not work well with FFR because staff time is high and the tonnage is low, and the expertise of WFP staff in logistics and not necessarily the “software” required for recovery work. Through this we would like to highlight the strong partnerships we have with WFP and how it has evolved over time in Darfur.