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Guidance Note - Accountability to affected populations

Guidance Note - Accountability to affected populations

Sep 2013

FAO is committed to placing accountability to people affected by disaster and conflict at the core of its emergency policy and practice, from preparedness and the onset of an emergency, through all phases of the programme cycle.

Accountability to affected populations (AAP) is a people-centred approach, sensitive to the dignity of all human beings, the varying needs of different segments within a community, and the importance of ensuring that women, men, girls and boys can equally access and benefit from assistance.

AAP is applicable to all of FAO’s programmes, whether humanitarian or development. It is highlighted in humanitarian situations due to the exceptional power imbalance between aid providers and recipients, and the urgent needs and increased vulnerability found within crisis-affected communities.

FAO’s approach to AAP provides a framework for addressing and integrating issues in emergencies such as gender equality, protection, the inclusion of the aged and people living with HIV, AIDS and disability, and the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse by FAO and partner staff.