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Save the Children’s Food Security and Livelihoods programming across the nexus: Portfolio Mapping 

Save the Children is a leading humanitarian and development child rights organization that strives to ensure all children are protected, educated, and healthy. Save the Children implements child-sensitive food security and livelihoods (FSL) programs to support these goals through discrete projects in many of the most food insecure places in the world. 

In pursuit of its objectives to promote food security and household economic resilience, Save the Children uses different approaches, modalities, and tools, with variations across the nexus (humanitarian, development, peacebuilding). Yet despite Save the Children’s long and significant efforts in FSL, knowledge gaps remain’. In recognition of these gaps, Save the Children commissioned IRMA to conduct a rapid evidence mapping of the FSL portfolio. The main objective is to review the scope of the portfolio and explore how Save the Children is implementing FSL programming. The portfolio mapping aims to answer the following three questions: 

  • WHAT approaches, modalities and tools does Save the Children use for FSL programming? 
  • HOW WELL are these approaches, modalities, and tools working? 
  • WHAT learning does the evidence offer? 

Current and recent Save the Children FSL programs have been systematically reviewed using mixed methods including coding in MaxQDA, and discussions with Save the Children International’s Food Security & Livelihoods Technical Working Group (TWG). A participatory feedback session will be conducted this month.

IRMA’s team for this assignment was Lezlie Morinière, Hannah Vaughan-Lee, and Charlotte Gendre.


Exploring the Evolving Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus: A Meta-Evaluation

Since 2018, a growing number of evaluations have explored how organizations have adopted humanitarian-development-peace (HDP) or double nexus approaches. These evaluations delve into progress, barriers and ways to improve connectedness and complementarity of humanitarian, development and Peace sectors.

Commissioned by ALNAP, Lezlie Moriniere (IRMA co-founding partner) worked with a wide team to conduct a meta-evaluation on the HDP nexus. IRMA support to this study included the tireless efforts of Marilise Turnbull and associates Agathe Mazars and Rachael Hinkel. 

The paper curates findings from 90 evaluations undertaken between 2018 and April 2022, exploring how organizations have advanced their version of a nexus approach. It provides insights into the operationalization and implementation of the triple nexus in practice, offering lessons learned and trends for the wider sector.

ALNAP will conduct a webinar on 7 December featuring the presentation of the mapping and synthesis paper, followed by a moderated panel discussion on actionable steps to advance HDP nexus ways of working.

Click here to register to the webinar.

Click here to explore the paper.

IRMA’s 7th Anniversary : “Can we do better?”

In celebration of our 7th Anniversary, IRMA is pleased to launch a series of cartoons surfacing from our research over the past decade. Aiming to provoke thought and inspire debate on humanitarian action and the HDP nexus, the series is called “Can we do better?” We have found the answer to almost always be “Yes, together”.

Shout out & thanks to Stephan Pelayo, of Studio Kalanoor!


The French language version is available here.


The French language version is available here.


The French language version is available here.


The French language version is available here.