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Strategic Evaluation of WFP's Contingency Planning 2002-2008

The Executive Board, in 2000, approved a disaster mitigation policy that positioned preparedness and contingency planning as key elements of WFP’s disaster mitigation approach and in 2002 WFP issued its own, internal contingency planning guidelines. WFP defines contingency planning as “The process of establishing programme objectives, approaches and procedures to respond to specific situations or events that are likely to occur, including identifying those events and developing likely scenarios and appropriate plans to prepare and respond to them in an effective manner”. 1 As such, it is designed to plan responses for specific contingency situations. It is a process which is intended to address both strategic and operational issues, and the planning is normally expected to result in a specific, actionable plan.