1.12 Introduction and institutionalization of the IPC at the country level

Introduction of the IPC at the country level starts with various awareness-raising activities, led by IPC global partners and/or the Global Support Unit, including events targeted at decision-makers (managers, senior officials) as well as technical officers.

Once the country formally declares an interest in implementing the IPC, the process of institutionalization starts with the identification of the IPC’s institutional home and the establishment of the Technical Working Group, through a consultative and inclusive process.

Full institutionalization can take years to be completed. When institutionalization is fully achieved, the IPC is embedded in national food security and nutrition structures and systems.

IPC institutionalization promotes ownership, accountability and sustainability, considering existing structures and processes at the national level. Key guiding principles are:

  • The implementation of IPC processes should be demand-driven, ideally by the government where feasible.
  • The leadership of IPC processes depends on the country context, comparative advantages and responsibilities. All efforts should be made to engage and build the capacity of national stakeholders, promote ownership and strengthen the institutional process.
  • Agencies commit to a multi-year process.
  • The IPC Analysis is conducted in a timely manner. 
  • Organizations participating in the IPC commit to the sharing of data.
  • The IPC should be applied as an iterative learning process.