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  • WFP/EB.A/2013/8/1
    The Country Director introduced the country programme (CP), which reflected the complex political transition and deteriorating economic situation with a focus on vulnerable regions in partnership with national institutions.The Board welcomed the CP and acknowledged the need to take the political transition and government priorities into account. It praised the technical assistance for addressing food insecurity and the broad consultations and partnerships, but encouraged more analysis to ensure adherence to Do-No-Harm principles and to reach the most vulnerable, including those without ration cards. Members urged WFP to provide further details on its objectives; more precise indicators in the logical framework; a clearer idea of how the CP aligned with the Strategic Plan(s); and what the hand-over strategy was for all components. Monitoring should continue to ensure that targeted communities were reached and to avoid security risks. It was suggested that given the number of people in need the CP be scaled up, and that assistance to Syrian refugees in Egypt be aligned with the CP.In response to Board comments, the Country Director explained the links between the CP and the previous and newly adopted Strategic Objectives; more precise indicators would be developed in relation to the new SRF. Board advocacy for a more ambitious CP encouraged expanded future interventions. Hand-over was incorporated into activities through capacity development and technical assistance; the feasibility of expanded social security nets would have to be assessed. WFP participated in dialogue on targeting and other challenges with partners in the context of the Cairo-based Development Partners Group. WFP would continue to monitor security closely to prevent risks to staff, partners or beneficiaries.The Regional Director underscored that the CP leveraged a mix of in-kind, cash and voucher modalities; incorporated funding for climate change adaptation; used an innovative funding model; and showed WFP was a good partner in middle-income countries.
    After due consideration, the Board approved, on an extraordinary basis, the proposed country programme Egypt 200238 (2013–2017) (WFP/EB.A/2013/8/1), for which the food requirement is 74,022 mt at a cost of US$52.0 million and the voucher requirement is US$9.3 million; with associated costs, the total cost to WFP is US$87.2 million.
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  • WFP/EB.2/2011/8/2
    The Board approved on a no-objection basis country programme Ethiopia 200253 (2012–2015) (WFP/EB.2/2011/8/2), for which the food requirement is 319,020 mt at a cost of US$155 million, for a total cost to WFP of US$306.6 million.
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  • WFP/EB.1/2010/8
    The Board approved on a no-objection basis Country Programme Guatemala 200031 (2010–2014) (WFP/EB.1/2010/8), for which the food requirement is 21,160 mt, at a total cost to WFP of US$16.9 million.
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  • WFP/EB.2/2012/8/5
    The Board approved on a no-objection basis country programme Liberia 200395 (2013–2017) (WFP/EB.2/2012/8/5), for which the food requirement is 33,235 mt at a cost of US$17.6 million, the cash and voucher requirement is US$7.4 million, and the direct technical and capacity transfer cost is US$18.8 million, for a total cost to WFP of US$80.9 million.
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  • WFP/EB.2/2007/8/2
    The Board approved on a no-objection basis country programme Mali 10583.0 (2008–2012) (WFP/EB.2/2007/8/2), for which the food requirement was 29,787 mt at a cost of US$17.8 million covering all basic direct operational costs.
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  • WFP/EB.3/2003/7/4
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  • WFP/EB.3/2001/8/8
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  • WFP/EB.2/2010/5-A/1/Corr.1
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  • WFP/EB.1/2014/4-A/1
    Observing that WFP’s voluntary funding meant that decisions often had to be based on short-term needs and hence likely to give poor value for money, the Secretariat outlined the proposal to review options for providing more stable operational funding: i) increasing the Operational Reserve; ii) increasing the leverage ratio to reflect risk levels; and iii) advancing funds on the basis of overall country-level resources.The Board welcomed the proposal in principle, noting that the resulting reduction in lead times and efficiency improvements would be advantageous, but requested further information as to the ideal level of the Working Capital Financing Facility, the risk mitigation criteria when selecting countries for pooled advance financing, and the proposed leverage ratios in line with advice received from the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Finance Committee. Board members recommended a holistic analysis of possible allocations of available funds in line with WFP’s review of its funding framework, noting that the Forward Purchase Facility had recently been increased. They asked for clarification as to the proposed level of pooled advance funding for country offices.The Board emphasized the importance of receiving additional information to better evaluate the benefits, costs and risks associated with each of the options presented. Members welcomed the coming assessment by The Boston Consulting Group, and looked forward to further informal consultations, suggesting that technical issues could be handled by a working group or bilaterally. Full transparency was essential to ensure that the Board and donors were informed.The Secretariat welcomed the Board’s engagement, stressing that the discussions were part of an ongoing consultative process. The Secretariat agreed that a comprehensive risk analysis would be conducted, and assured the Board that additional supporting data would be elaborated in the coming months; to be presented during informal consultations and before the Board’s Annual Session. The overall aim of having adequate, timely, predictable and flexible funding while improving efficiency of WFP’s work remained a priority. A further report on the topic would be submitted to EB.A/2014.
    The Board took note of “Financial Framework Review: Working Capital Financing” (WFP/EB.1/2014/4-A/1), the objectives and timeline for further review of WFP’s financial framework in 2014, and the current utilization of advance financing. It welcomed further proposals for expanding the Working Capital Financing Facility. The Board also took note of the comments of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ) (WFP/EB.1/2014/4(A,B)/2) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Finance Committee (WFP/EB.1/2014/4(A,B)/3).
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  • WFP/EB.A/2013/6-I/1
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  • WFP/EB.A/2006/5-A
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  • WFP/EB.2/2017/10-A/1

    150. Following the Secretariat’s presentation of the document, which noted the comments of the FAO Finance Committee and that the Secretariat had provided additional clarification on the indices used in the review and further detail on the real estate analysis, the Board approved a housing allowance of EUR 160,000 per year, inclusive of services and utilities, with effect from 1 April 2017 until further notice. Based on the review, the ceiling remained at the same level approved by the Board at its 2012 second regular session. The allowance would continue to be a reimbursement for the actual cost of a property and be reviewed every five years.

    The Board decided that the Executive Director’s housing allowance should be set at EUR 160,000 per year, inclusive of services and utilities, with effect from 1 April 2017 until further notice. Based on a security risk assessment, WFP would also provide and maintain necessary security equipment, which would remain WFP property.

    The Board further decided that the housing allowance should continue to be a reimbursement for the actual cost of a property, should continue to be indexed annually against the Italian retail price index and should be reviewed at five-year intervals by the Bureau and the Board, taking into account market rates and the allowances paid to the heads of other United Nations agencies in Rome.

    The Board also took note of the comments of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (WFP/EB.2/2017/4-A/2, WFP/EB.2/2017/5-(A,B,C)/2 and WFP/EB.2/2017/10-A/2) and the Finance Committee of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

    (WFP/EB.2/2017/4-A/3, WFP/EB.2/2017/5-(A,B,C)/3 and WFP/EB.2/2017/10-A/3).

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  • WFP/EB.A/98/4-A
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