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IPC in East and Central Africa 2015

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IPC Global Brief Series 2015
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Briefs
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East and Central Africa Region was the staring point for the worldwide implementation of IPC. Currently, most of the countries in the Region conduct IPC Acute Food Insecurity Analyses, including: Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Building on years of implementation, IPC has become a reference in the region for evidence-based and comparable food security analysis. This has been achieved through a partnership among government, humanitarian and development actors in building technical consensus. IPC products form an essential component of country early warning systems and are used by national Governments, donors and the humanitarian community for both emergency interventions and development policies. For instance, in 2014 IPC played an active role in building evidence-based technical consensus on the severity of the food insecurity crisis in South Sudan and Central African Republic, under specific emergency situations due to the civil war. This is critical as coordinated and unified messages help decision makers move forward and respond strategically, in a timely way.

IPC activities in countries are led by multi-partner IPC Technical Working Groups, chaired by governments, and technically supported by IPC Regional Coordinators. The IPC initiative in the region is guided by a multi-agency IPC Regional Steering Committee, embedded in the regional Food Security and Nutrition Working Group (FSNWG), and chaired by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

After two regional projects funded by ECHO, the IPC has proved its relevance and sustainability as it continues to be implemented and institutionalized within Governments, thanks to the contributions from national and regional partners. The IPC Certification Programme is building in the Region a sustainable pool of IPC analysts and trainers. This is part of a strategic orientation, together with continuous progress in strengthening the partnership, institutionalization, and leadership of the Government, and increasing impact on decision-making both at national and regional levels.

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IPC Global Support Unit - Communication Team
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