Stakeholder Consultation: Food for Peace RFA for Development Food Assistance Programs
TOPS hosted this PVO Consultation on the USAID/Food for Peace RFA for Development Food Assistance Programs. The consultation began with Dina Esposito, Director of Food for Peace (FFP), and three FFP staff members explaining changes that are being made to the FY15 RFA and offering a vision for changes that could be incorporated into the FY16 RFA. These possible changes to the FY16 RFA being considered included:
- A refinement period at the beginning of a project in which partners could undertake further analysis, refine their theory of change, engage the communities, wrap up the baseline evaluation and finalize partnerships to prepare for implementation. The refinement period could be approximately six to twelve months in length depending on progress and key implementation factors
- After the refinement period, a "check-in" between awardees and FFP to ensure that the theory of change is sound and the project planning is on track before full implementation move ahead
- At the mid-term, a "check-in" between awardees and FFP to consider whether FFP will approve an extension of the award beyond the typical five years in length (for example, up to seven to ten years).
Representatives from the PVO community were invited to work in small groups to discuss FFP's vision for the FY16 RFA, including potential changes to the award management, project length, and reporting for future development food assistance programs. The small group activity was followed by a plenary discussion between FFP and PVO representatives in the room and participating online.