During a plenary session at the TOPS/FSN Network Knowledge Sharing Meeting in July 2014, Susan Bradley of Food for Peace (FFP) asked the food security implementers in the room for their thoughts on key questions regarding the updating of the FFP Strategic Plan. This is the seventh question in that series.
We welcome your thoughts and will be sharing your ideas directly with FFP. You can view the small group report out from the plenary session for this question by skipping to minute 58:00 of this recording.
Many of the approaches utilized by FFP partners at a community level – both in emergency and development programs – incorporate principles of democratic governance. Examples might be the establishment of a water-users group, a PTA, or an emergency distribution committee. Yet these are rarely seen as building blocks for more deliberate “governance” activities.
Given that poor governance is a common contributor to hunger in areas where FFP works, is there more we should do to use FFP interventions as a vehicle to strengthen governance?