Over the years, the fragmentation of civil society as well as state actors in different countries have led to ineffective systems and a lack of social safety nets for the most vulnerable. There is a significant need for joint local, regional and cross-regional initiatives in support of food and nutrition security as well as for dialogue and knowledge exchange in order to bring together the actors from different sectors and backgrounds.
Senegal, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and South Sudan are no exception to the above-mentioned problems. Non-state actors often are already preparing and/or implementing very similar actions in order to combat food and nutritional insecurity, but have scarce possibilities to exchange their knowledge. Yet, a joint strategic approach could be crucial for the success and effectiveness of their interventions.
In the same manner, NGOs frequently are already quite engaged in cooperation with state authorities on local, regional and national levels. Nevertheless, they do not always participate in policy dialogue on food and nutritional security issues in the most structured and harmonized way. There is still need for improvement and enhanced coherence between development actors in the respective countries.
Innovations, the adaptation and creation of tools and practices, are a big opportunity for impactful development. Thinking „outside the box“ and sharing best practices bares potential to contribute to the solution of long-lasting difficulties.
Hence, within the COMPASS programme, the program team will strongly coordinate in order to aim at achieving the following changes by applying a cross-country approach:
- Organisational capacities of development actors are strengthened by common learning activities and systematic knowledge management
- Innovative methods are identified and experimented in pilot phases
- Policy dialogue on food security issues is strengthened