Originally launched under The TOPS Program, Stakeholder Consultations provide structured opportunities for implementing partners (IPs) and BHA to engage with each other on critical issues affecting food security programming and identify solutions together. Stakeholder Consultations are highly participatory, interactive exchanges between BHA and IPs that provide:
- An opportunity for BHA and IP peer-to-peer dialogue and mutual problem-solving
- A venue for partner and BHA representatives to articulate challenges in a safe learning space and hear challenges faced by others with an open mind
- An opportunity for myth-busting (clarifying partner misconceptions about BHA expectations and preferences and vice versa)
- A space for BHA and IP staff to work together in crafting or refining new, improved approaches to emergency and non-emergency food security activities
This brief provides a summary of a Stakeholder Consultation, convened by IDEAL in April 2021, that brought together nearly 40 participants over two days from both implementing partners and BHA. This Stakeholder Consultation offered partners the opportunity to provide input into the RFSA solicitation process to improve the clarity of the Request for Applications (RFAs), improve the quality of RFSA designs, and lower barriers for non-traditional applicants.