gFSC Accountability to Affected Populations in Emergencies, Webinar, 04 April 2017

Post date Tuesday, 4 April, 2017 - 15:05

Sharing lessons learned on AAP for food security programming in emergencies


  • Introduction, global overview on AAP discussion
  • WFP’s new AAP strategy
  • Iraq Food Security Cluster, example for mainstreaming AAP in cluster/sector coordination
  • World Vision’s best practice examples on mainstreaming AAP in Food Security interventions
  • Q&A

Objective: Sharing experience on how best to mainstream AAP in Food Security interventions and Food Security cluster/sector coordination, raising awareness and showing different perspectives of AAP-mainstreaming


  • Maria Alvarez, AAP Programme and Policy Officer, WFP, Rome/Italy
  • Marumbo Ngwira, Director Food Assistance Programme Development, World Vision International, Johannesburg/RSA
  • Phyza Jameel, Accountability to Affected Population Officer, WFP/Food Security Cluster Iraq


  • David Loquercio, Head of Policy, Advocacy & Learning, CHS Alliance, Geneva/Switzerland

Background summary

Following the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016, the Secretary General called for all actors “to return our focus to the people at the centre of these crises” because when we don’t, we are less likely to deliver humanitarian response that is relevant and appropriate to needs. Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) is an active commitment to take account of, give account to, and be held to account by the people humanitarian organisations seek to assist. It focuses on the rights, dignity and safety of all segments of an affected community, supporting our ability to identify the capacities, aspirations, constraints and unique needs by gender, age, and diversity groups as they evolve over time.

Food Security Cluster (FSC) co-lead agencies, FAO and WFP, and partners must seek informed consent from the affected populations by way of meaningful engagement. The affected populations’ views and opinions must be sought and factored into the planning and decision making process. This forms the basis of subsequent engagements that need to include systematic sharing of relevant, timely and reliable information regarding the organisation and its programs or projects. This lays the foundation for participation that creates ownership, accountability and sustainability. A safe and accessible formal mechanism where the affected population can channel their concerns is also a critical part of accountability.

The Food Security Clusters through the Cluster Lead Agencies are members of the Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC) and therefore committed to integrating and promoting Accountability to Affected Populations in their responsibilities.

How can we make this happen at programme level? This webinar will be an opportunity to present and discuss experiences and initiatives that Food Security Clusters, FSC lead agencies and partners are taking to operationalise AAP commitments.



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