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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.