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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.

 

Institutional Capacity Assessment of the Government of The Bahamas to effectively implement the mandates of the New Disaster Risk Management Act

To bolster Disaster Risk Management (DRM) efforts, the Government of The Bahamas enacted the Disaster Risk Management Act in 2022 (DRM Act). This legislative move signifies a significant shift towards focusing on disaster risk over post-event responses. The objective is to streamline functions and eliminate redundancy among key entities—the Disaster Management Unit under the Office of the Prime Minister, National Emergency Management Agency, and the Disaster Reconstruction Authority. These entities are merged into a singular body, the Disaster Risk Management Authority, aligning with the new mandate.

The DRM Authority assumes a pivotal role as the coordinator for disaster and climate risk management in The Bahamas. To ensure the effective execution of its responsibilities amid the challenges posed by climate change and other external factors, the new DRM Authority requires strong organizational structure and operational procedures to ensure it remains financially viable and has capacity to fulfill its mandate,

In April 2023, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) commissioned Momentus Global to conduct an Institutional Capacity Assessment of the Government of The Bahamas to Effectively Implement the Mandates of the New Disaster Risk Management, with IRMA/Lezlie Morinière as Team leader and Marilise Turnbull as Institutional capacity strengthening specialist.

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.

Scoping: Integration of Animal Protection in Disaster Risk Management

The number and intensity of natural hazards has increased exponentially in recent decades. While headlines highlight the impact on people and infrastructure, animals are also affected by these events and subsequent disasters. The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction represented a significant evolution in risk management, including understanding the need to expand the focus beyond on people and physical infrastructure to include the protection of livelihoods and productive assets, including livestock and other animals. The conflict in Ukraine has also highlighted concerns and lessons related to both companion animals and livestock during conflict. Yet, despite a growing willingness to include animals in national disaster management plans, there remains a big gap in understanding and in implementing animal-sensitive risk management/programming.

In order to better understand the current status of how animal welfare is considered within disaster risk management, the Humane Society International (HSI) Europe has commissioned IRMA to undertake a comprehensive scoping exercise to assess the current state of animal protection within disaster risk management legislation and practices within the EU and four member states (Poland, Germany, Romania and Italy). The scoping exercise explores the extent to which disaster-related EU and member state Legislation includes animal protection and what good practices in disaster risk management are the most sensitive or protective of animals. Building on this, IRMA will support HSI Europe to identify key opportunities to positively contribute to this emerging and expanding area of DRM.

The IRMA team is made up of Lezlie Moriniere, TL, Hannah Vaughan-Lee (Research Lead) and Ambre Caillot (Ethologist/Research Associate).

Save the Children International’s Climate risk responses evidence review and synthesis

Due to a lack of robust evidence on successful child-sensitive locally-led climate adaptation, Save the Children International (SCI) has commissioned IRMA to conduct a rapid structured scoping of evidence. SCI intends to identify the most promising solutions to address climate risks affecting children, particularly those experiencing inequality and discrimination. 

Marking the initial phase of a wider SCI effort, this review will explore actions across SCI’s six priority sectors:education, child protection, social protection, livelihoods, health, and WASH and will highlight contexts involving migration and displacement.

The overarching objectives of this review are to:

  •       Identify, review, and consolidate existing evidence on the most promising solutions.
  •       Highlight Gaps in existing evidence and explore opportunities to generate new evidence.

Ultimately, the results of this review will provide insights to advocate for the best use of climate finance in support of children adapting to climate change. Additionally, it will inform the development of business initiatives and program design for interventions that prioritize child-centered locally-led adaptation.

Baseline assessment for GNDR’s “Locally-led humanitarian solutions: Building resilience in fragile contexts affected by climate change” project

In 2007, the Global Network of Civil Society Organizations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR) was born with a mission to support CSOs around the world make the world a safer place in the face of disasters. Today, GNDR comprises 1,734 organizations from 130 countries.

GNDR was granted USAID BHA funding for the project “Locally-led humanitarian solutions: Building resilience in fragile contexts affected by climate change”. The project will be implemented over the span of 60 months in 11 fragile countries impacted by climate change across Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. The project will be implemented by GNDR members, more specifically 22 CSOs (11 in the first phase, 11 additional CSOs in phase 2), two from each participating country.

GNDR has commissioned IRMA to conduct a baseline assessment for this project, which consists of:

  • Completing Indicator Tracking Tables for 21 BHA indicators (aligned with PIRS),
  • Gathering non-indicator data to describe country context, including key information about hazards, exposure, vulnerability but also gender, conflict, the state of the nexus and civic space in each country,
  • Performing a Capacity Development Needs Assessment of CSOs selected in the first phase.

The methodological approach includes Key informant interviews with GNDR National Focal Points (NFP), HDP Risk Analysis (Infographics), workshops with selected CSOs and a Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice survey.

Assessment of Disaster Response Capacities in the Caribbean for Global Affairs Canada

IRMA is working in partnership with Global Emergencies Group (GEG) to conduct a Gap Analysis of disaster response capacities in eight Caribbean states/territories: Belize, Dominica, Guyana, Grenada, Jamaica, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Suriname. The results will enable Global Affairs Canada to strategically direct Canadian capacities to address the identified gaps and enhance the existing Caribbean Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM).

The IRMA-GEG team is co-led by IRMA Partners Marilise Turnbull and Lezlie Moriniere, and includes three Caribbean-based associates: Danielle Evanson, Karla Paz and Shareen Koenjbiharie.

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.