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Friday, 16th December 2016
The World Food Programme is set for the 14-year SDGs journey, at the end of which no person anywhere, at any time on the Planet, should be hungry or lack food or adequate nutrition. To arrive at this critical head-start point, WFP's Executive Director instituted a thorough-going process of strategic consultation, with all key actors on zero hunger and partnerships to achieve zero hunger. No one was left behind in WFP's meticulous consultative process, in Rome and beyond.

For Africa Region, the consultations included meetings with all accredited ambassadors and representatives; as well as with its regional and national directors of the Continent. WFP also held consultations with African Union, NEPAD, and with the Continent's regional economic communities, its private sector and civil society. The Executive Director carried out similar exacting consultations with other regional blocks: Asia, Latin America, North America, Caribbean, Europe and Australasia regions. These painstaking consultations paid off. By the time the organisation's Executive Board met from 14th to 17th November, the new-look WFP, aligned to its mandatory SDGs, was given a full blessing.

No longer operating on a project basis, the re-branded WFP operates along the lines of its integrated road map (IRM). This road map sets out the organisation's strategy, the structuring of its programmes, the planning and managing of its finances as well as its monitoring and reporting systems. The end destination for the road map is the realisation of SDGs 2 and 17; which fall within the remit of this UN programme.

In this new mode, the focus of WFP will be the country level. Here, enhanced ownership of SDGs-related initiatives and activities take place. This situates the responsibility for the attainment of SDGs squarely in the lap of each country. In this dispensation, not only will each country draw its own plans regarding the operations of WFP, but each country will also bear full responsibility for ensuring that such plans are sound and expedite the attainment of SDGs. The IRM encourages stakeholder consultations across all sectors in a country in order to congeal strategic country plans. In this process, WFP will provide the necessary technical back-up, including human capacity development.

Apart from the Country Strategic Plans, WFP's integrated road map consists of a review of its country funding mode, that is, the Financial Framework Review. The new financial framework supersedes the old arrangement of project by project funding. Instead, funding will be in line with the resource envelope which is linked to the activities that are driven by the attainment of SDGs in the country. Thus the strategic country plans are funded in line with SDG-related activities identified and implemented. The final aspect of the integrated road map, its corporate results framework, will revolve around measuring progress towards SDGs' attainment via target activities and resources; on a country by country basis.

For the period 2017 to 2021, Uganda is honored to be among the first countries to implement the new-look WFP. Lessons learnt from Uganda and other pilot countries will be taken into account when rolling out the IRM to all other countries of WFP operations.