IPC in Asia & Near East
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Since November 2010, IPC has been introduced in Asia to develop a common methodological approach to characterize food insecurity by:
IPC activities in the region are currently supported by a multi-agency IPC Regional Support Unit (RSU), hosted by the FAO Regional Office (in Bangkok). The IPC RSU supports regional coordination, technical backstopping, technical training and lessons learning efforts related to IPC in South and South East Asia, in close collaboration with lead organizations. The IPC leading agencies as well as other relevant stakeholders and/or donors (e.g., ECHO, EU-DEVCO, USAID, AusAid, NZAid) have their regional presence in Bangkok (or in neighbouring countries, such as Save the Children in Singapore and OXFAM in Indonesia). These institutions also support the RSU, either through direct participation or in an advisory / observer role.
The activities at country level are conducted by IPC National Technical Working Groups (NTWG), composed of national stakeholders, that ensure continued participation and support throughout and beyond the project life cycle. The NTWG also ensure that IPC implementation is consistent with national capacities and regional strategies, provide coordination with the regional support team and other countries through regional meetings and multi-agency consultations.
The Regional IPC Project funded by ECHO (European Community Humanitarian Office of the European Commission) covering 6 countries was successfully completed this March 2013. Some of the project’s notable achievements include the training of over 190 participants in Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Philippines, Cambodia (& Afghanistan); completing at least one cycle of IPC analysis in the 5 project countries (in some cases the results were even used by ministries and development organizations); and conducting exchange visits of analysts resulting in cross-pollination of ideas and experiences amongst national staff of various countries. As a result Governments have publicly requested IPC Asia to further establish and consolidate the IPC in these countries and continue with further trainings and IPC analytical cycles. The successful piloting of the IPC activities in the region has also attracted the attention of other countries like Bhutan, East Timor, Laos and India who informally contacted IPC Asia with a request for IPC to be introduced.