Apart from setting up the required programme structures, committees, country and regional teams, the Inception Phase (October 2019 - February 2020) was an opportunity to review FNS-REPRO’s approach, assumptions, priorities and log frame to adjust indicators, establish targets and modify output statements and activities, based on the current situation and needs in the target areas. A range of analyses, assessments and baselines were undertaken at the country & regional levels – followed by the development of a detailed intervention strategy: the annual plan for October 2020 – September 2021.
Inception phase activities were undertaken in close consultation and collaboration with national and local governments in the target countries/regions, as well as with (potential) partners and beneficiary communities. The results of this work were validated by the communities and governments during national validation workshops.
The Inception Report, together with the Annual Plan, therefore provides the basis for adaptive and context-specific implementation.
Key outcomes from the Inception Phase include:
- FNS-REPRO’s Theory of Change is valid, and its impact, outcome, and output statements are well defined and timely.
- FNS-REPRO’s outcome will be resilient livelihoods and food systems and contributing to sustainable localized peace. This will contribute to improved food and nutrition security, and capacity of households (within their livelihoods) to withstand and adapt to shocks (the impact).
- Activities were revised and strengthened according to the conclusions and recommendations from the field studies, assessments and consultations, and reflect the current situation and needs in the target areas. This includes the selection of implementation areas and final beneficiary targets.
- Other key outputs from the inception phase include updated project implementation & management arrangements, a dedicated Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Plan, a dedicated communication and visibility plan, in addition to a sustainability and exit plan.