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IPC shapes humanitarian response in South Sudan

Jul 2015
Eastern Africa South Sudan

In South Sudan, for the past two years, the IPC has become the basis for deciding geographical locations and reach of the emergency interventions. Indeed, IPC has been designated by Government as the sole recognized methodology. As nutrition information is fully integrated in the IPC food security analysis, IPC helps prioritizing efforts across the broad spectrum of data produced in South Sudan.

For instance, the Minister of Agriculture formally releases IPC reports upon clearance at Cabinet of Ministers’ level. “IPC information has helped avert a famine last year and currently the entire narrative of the crisis response plan by the humanitarian community has been shaped and updated around the IPC analysis, as recognized also by the UN Undersecretary for Humanitarian Affairs” said Erminio Sacco, FAO Chief Technical Advisor in South Sudan.

The humanitarian community in South Sudan revises their funding needs based on updated IPC information. The Food Security and Livelihoods Cluster members (Local and International NGOs) also revises their work-plans and budgets in direct response to updated IPC information. 

Moreover, FAO and WFP utilize IPC products to guide and inform emergency response programming. For instance, FAO targeted 100% of the population classified in IPC Phases 3 (Crisis) and 4 (Emergency) and about 20% of populations classified as Phase 2 (Stressed) with their emergency seeds and tools kits, vegetable kits and fishing kits. As for WFP, it targeted 100% of populations classified in Phase 4 and 41% of the population classified in Phase 3.

In addition, IPC represents an effective advocacy tool. Since IPC products are endorsed by both the Government and humanitarian development partners, that can formulate strong messaging for their advocacy campaigns and lobby for the needed policy changes. Having a unified voice helps to highlight the magnitude of the emergency situation in South Sudan for all stakeholders, from the UN Undersecretary for Humanitarian Affairs and aid managers to journalists. Indeed, national and international media covering the crisis in South Sudan regularly refer to IPC results, since they offer clear and evidence-based figures and facts.

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