IPC Brief September 2013
The IPC initiative in Southern Africa is guided and implemented within the region through Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Regional Vulnerability Assessment Committee (RVAC) of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). The SADC RVAC provides technical coordination and support to SADC member countries in the region to help strengthen country food security information systems, and support regional monitoring. There is a well-established system of National Vulnerability Assessment Committees (NVACs) that are linked and supported by the SADC RVAC. The IPC is being introduced and implemented through this SADC RVAC-NVAC system. At the regional level, the multi-partner IPC Technical Working Group (IPC TWG) of the RVAC meets regularly, providing technical direction, oversight and support to NVACs on IPC. The IPC Regional Coordinator sits within the SADC Regional Assessment and Analysis Programme (RVAA) of the SADC, in Gaborone, Botswana.
The IPC analysis is relatively new in the region, and starting in 2010 a more institutional approach working through the RVAC-NVAC system began in in 2011. This approach is proving successful and is ensuring that the IPC is demand driven, and is integrated and adding value with the existing food security information and analysis processes and structures. This process has entailed a slower start; however, SADC member states are increasingly requesting IPC support and currently the IPC activities are implemented in five countries in the region: Malawi, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Mozambique and Swaziland. Zimbabwe is the first country in the region where IPC analysis was introduced, and therefore is the most advanced in IPC technical capacity and implementation.
The SADC RVAC IPC TWG is currently working on the development of an IPC Regional Strategic Programme (2014-2016) that is linked to the IPC Global Strategic Programme (2014-2016) and will set the priorities, objectives and plans for IPC activities in the region over the next three years. Since August 2013 SADC was invited to join as an official member of the IPC Global Steering Committee, to help strategically set the vision and direction of IPC globally.