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IPC support to West Africa 2014

IPC Global Brief Series 2014

Nov 2014
West Africa

Since the early 2000s, the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) has been engaged in the development and testing of the Harmonized Framework for the Analysis and Identification of Areas at Risk and Vulnerable Groups in the Sahel, more commonly referred to as the Cadre Harmonisé (CH). Initially the CH was tested in six countries (Burkina, Chad, Senegal, Mali, Mauritania and Niger), with further on-going technical developments and refinement of the tools and process.

In the last two years, technical developments in the CH tools and processes have led to increased similarities and convergence between the IPC and the CH. The IPC Global Support Unit (GSU) and other IPC Global Partners are working closely with the CILSS Technical Committee of the Harmonized Framework, which is leading to cross regional lesson-learning and the harmonization of the Cadre Harmonisé (CH) and the IPC.

Ivory Coast initially took up the IPC and implemented it from 2007 to 2012. As a new member of the CILSS, Ivory Coast adopted the CH as its official methodology in 2013.

ECOWAS has selected the Cadre Harmonisé (CH) as the harmonised tool for food security analysis in the Sahel and West Africa, comprising of 17 countries. The CH provides tools for the classification, analysis, and reporting of food insecurity, as well as joint approaches for undertaking monitoring, assessments, data collection, and database management.

The IPC is currently supporting the technical development and testing of CH tools and procedures in the Region, including work on the CH Manual finalized in 2013. Recent technical developments have led to increased similarities and convergence between the IPC and the CH.

Over 300 people were trained in the CH in Burkina Faso, Chad, Senegal, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Togo, Guinea Republic, the Gambia, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Cape Verde, starting from October 2012. This year, CILSS is planning to use the CH in 2 additional countries: Benin and Guinea Bissau.

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