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Sudan Interim Country Strategic Plan (2017-2018)

Operation ID: SD01

Interim Country Strategic Plan approved at EB June 2017

The Sudan is classified as a lower-middle-income country. However, the secession of South Sudan, regional and national conflict and displacement, weather-related crises, low agricultural productivity and structural poverty have stifled development and made the Sudan one of the most food-insecure countries in the world.

Consultations with the Government are in progress with regard to developing a road map for zero hunger that will lead to a country strategic plan to follow this interim country strategic plan (ICSP) from July 2017 to December 2018. In view of the continuing challenges in the Sudan, WFP will adapt its portfolio to life-changing interventions while maintaining life-saving activities and a strong emergency-response capacity. The facilitation of self-reliance will reduce humanitarian needs, and addressing the root causes of malnutrition and the sustainability of food systems will make a significant contribution to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 2. Capacity strengthening for the Government lays the foundation for eventual hand-over of interventions.

This interim country strategic plan is aligned with the work of United Nations and non-governmental partners. WFP will continue to provide common services for the humanitarian community and will enhance its partnerships, for example through capacity strengthening. The focus on long-term solutions and addressing the root causes of hunger and malnutrition will require new partnerships to complement WFP’s skills, particularly in adopting a holistic approach to addressing malnutrition.

WFP will address six strategic outcomes. Strategic outcomes 1 and 2 maintain the emergency response capacity and provide humanitarian assistance for displaced people while promoting self-reliance. Strategic outcomes 3 and 4 address malnutrition and the sustainability of food systems with a focus on addressing the root causes of hunger through partnerships for multi-dimensional and mutually reinforcing activities. Strategic outcomes 5 and 6 provide services for the humanitarian community and capacity strengthening for partners.

This ICSP constitutes a significant shift to long-term hunger solutions, and a transition from the protracted relief and recovery operation to the country strategic plan planned for 2019.