FAO’s stand-by partnerships continue to provide very valuable support to FAO in preparing and responding quickly and effectively to emergencies worldwide. In 2014, FAO responded to a number of Level 3 emergencies, such as the Philippines, South Sudan and Central African Republic, as well as other complex emergencies like Syria and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. SBPs provided support to all of these emergencies through the secondment of qualified staff in a very short time frame.
In 2014, FAO finalized a new SBP Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), with RedR Australia. This took the total number of FAO’s SBPs to six, including the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC/NORCAP), the Danish Refugee Council (DRC), iMMAP, CANADEM and DFID1. Discussions are ongoing with other potential partners.
Throughout the year, 19 deployments were undertaken through stand-by arrangements. Partners provided FAO with a total of 2,522 days (approximately 82 person months), 2,072 of which fully funded, the rest covered by FAO through cost-sharing. Of these, five deployments were initiated in previous years and continued into 2014/2015, and the remaining 14 started in 2014.
The highest number of days was provided through the NORCAP roster, as shown in the below graph. In terms of funding, however, CANADEM provided the highest number of fully funded days (633), while NORCAP fully funded around 40% of the total days. DFID funded two deployments through CANADEM and two through NORCAP.