iMMAP Highlights its Contribution Towards Peace and Prosperity During Geneva Conference on Afghanistan

The Geneva Ministerial Conference on Afghanistan was held on November 27th and 28th, 2018, organized by the United Nations Afghanistan Mission Support (UNAMA).

The conference was aimed at showing the solidarity of the international community with the Afghan people and the government in their efforts for peace; and for the Afghan government to renew its adherence to development and reform, in this crucial moment for the government and international community to demonstrate progress and commitment, and maintain the momentum for elections and opportunities for peace.

iMMAP, as a not-for-profit organization operating towards peace and prosperity in Afghanistan since 2010, was invited to participate and contribute to the conference. The iMMAP delegation attending the event was formed by Mr. William Barron (iMMAP CEO), Mr. Christophe Bois (iMMAP COO), Ms. Shairoz Nathoo (iMMAP Afghanistan Country Representative), and Mr. Jon Carver (iMMAP Representative in Geneva).

As part of the activities during the conference, a number of side events were organized to discuss technical issues related to the situation in Afghanistan. iMMAP had close participation in the Food Security and Livelihoods in Times of Drought conference.

In 2017, 44.6% of the Afghan population suffered from food insecurity, an increase of 12% since 2014. In 2018, a major drought left over 1.4 million people in need of urgent assistance in Afghanistan. Given the country’s highly fragile ecosystems, the negative impacts will only increase over time, undermining agriculture, the leading economic sector, and contributing to displacement and continued instability, reinforcing the conflict.

In support of USAID, one of the key organizers of this side event, iMMAP Afghanistan provided maps, infographics, and other technical products to facilitate the presentations and the discussion.

During the Food Security in Times of Droughts Conference, the members of the panel and other participants discussed issues such as the importance of increasing awareness about the impact of climate change on food insecurity and livelihoods in Afghanistan, and explored how building resilience can address these issues and potentially contribute to the achievement of the wider aspirations of the country. Finally, they proposed concrete measures both developmental and humanitarian to address food security, nutrition, and livelihoods in Afghanistan.

In this context, iMMAP supports all humanitarian stakeholders involved in the drought response in the country, namely the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA), the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD), the World Food Programme (WFP), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), USAID-OFDA, and the Food Security and Agriculture Cluster (FSAC).

iMMAP has provided partners with Information Management products such as maps, infographics, and dashboards, that offer an insightful view on issues such as the level of precipitation, the severity of the draught, draught-related displacement, population affected by natural hazards, and the food security and livelihoods in times of drought for peoples across Afghanistan.

Through our Information Management services, we have contributed to preparing a timely and adequate response to alleviate the suffering of those communities affected by the drought, and we will continue offering our support and technical expertise through 2019 for the relief operations targeting 3.9 million people for food and livelihood assistance in Afghanistan, with a funding requirement of 210 million USD.

The primary outcome of the Geneva Conference in November 2018 was the agreement to the Geneva Mutual Accountability Framework (GMAF) deliverables. The framework's overarching objectives and progressive attainment of short-term deliverables in 2019 and 2020 shall encourage continued donor support and ensure accountability of the government and development partners to their respective constituencies. The GMAF will frame and guide the government and the international community’s reform activities for the period 2019-2020 in the pursuit of increased self-reliance.

iMMAP, through providing analytics and data-led outputs since 2010, has contributed to the decision-making processes of our high-level partners, thus influencing policy and programming, aimed at achieving peace and increasing prosperity within Afghanistan.