National Resilience Priorities (NRP-AGIR) within AGIR

 

What are the main difficulties in the process of formulating national resilience priorities?

Interviews recorded at the restricted RPCA meeting at the OECD headquarters in Paris, 14-16 April 2014 

Since the adoption of the regional roadmap in 2013, all 17 Sahelian and West African countries have been engaged in the implementation of national inclusive dialogues (NID) to define their National Resilience Priorities (NRPs).

 

To date, six countries (Burkina Faso, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Niger and Togo) have validated their National Resilience Priorities (NRP-AGIR); five countries (Cape Verde, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania and Senegal) are in the process of validation; the remaining countries (Benin, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone) have launched or are preparing to launch national inclusive dialogues (NID). This comes at a time when the region is committed to drawing up a second generation of National Agricultural Investment Plans (NAIPs), in line with the African Union Malabo Declaration of 2014. 

This is just the first step of a dialogue process that must be pursued in the long-term in order to consolidate a multi-sector approach within AGIR. The AGIR Technical Unit, set up by ECOWAS and UEMOA, and based at CILSS, is providing guidance and permanent methodological support to the governments. 

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National resilience priorities

Group 1 - countries which have validated their NRP-AGIR: Burkina Faso, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Niger and Togo

Group 2 - countries which are currently validating their NRP-AGIR: Cape Verde, Gambia (The), Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania and Senegal

Group 3 - countries which have launched the NRP process: Benin, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone

What's resilience?

AGIR is based on a shared definition of the term “resilience” as being:

“The capacity of vulnerable households, families, communities and systems to face uncertainty and the risk of shocks, to withstand and respond effectively to shocks, as well as to recover and adapt in a sustainable manner”.

This definition calls for concerted humanitarian and development efforts in order to increase the resilience of vulnerable households, families and communities and to break the cycle of recurrent food and nutritional crises. It addresses, by means of a unified approach, the causes of acute and chronic food and nutritional crises, while helping vulnerable households to increase their incomes, gain access to basic infrastructures and social services, and create wealth by sustainably strengthening their livelihoods.

This approach requires the concurrent implementation of long-term, structural programmes and short-term actions aimed at addressing the immediate needs of the most vulnerable populations. Long-term programmes include human capacity building at all levels, and support for communities in their efforts to build resilience through building/strengthening community governance, social service systems (water, education, health, etc.), community food storage systems and other infrastructures, community early warning and prevention mechanisms, etc.

AGIR: What does resilience mean in the Sahelian-West African context?

Interviews recorded at the restricted RPCA meeting at the OECD headquarters in Paris, 14-16 April 2014

AGIR: Where do we stand with the drafting of national resilience priorities?

Interviews recorded at the restricted RPCA meeting at the OECD headquarters in Paris, 14-16 April 2014

Resilience impact assessment

In 2015, and within the RPCA, the Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat (SWAC/OECD) is co-ordinating a regional process to develop a consensual approach for resilience impact assessment. An initial discussion took place within the restricted RPCA meeting in Lomé, Togo, 2-4 March 2015.

Presentations

Contacts

  • Issa Martin Bikienga, Coordinateur technique de la Cellule technique régionale, AGIR
  • Sibiri Jean Zoundi, Administrateur principal, Secrétariat du Club du Sahel et de l'Afrique de l'Ouest (CSAO/OCDE)

 

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