ECOWAS HGSF Summary Agenda – May 21-23, 2024

May 21, 2024 

Theme: Financing Costed Commitments to HGSF Initiatives 

  • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM : Registration and Breakfast
  • Format: Informal Networking
    Activity: Participants arrive, register, and network over breakfast.
  • 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM : Opening Remarks and Speeches :
  • o  Format: Speeches
    o  Activity: Welcome address and keynote speeches by ECOWAS Commissioners, WFP representatives and African Union, host government (Senegal). Announcement of National Commitments by a Commissioner.
  • 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM : Coffee break & Photos :
  • o  Format: Informal Networking
    o  Activity: Refreshments and networking opportunity.
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Presentation of Evidence from Publications :
  • o Format: Presentations followed by
    o  Activity:
    □ Presentation on HGSF and
    □ Presentation on Financing and
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch Break :
  • o  Format: Informal Networking
    o  Activity: Lunch and networking opportunity.
  • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Panel Discussion on the Role of IFIs and Other Financing Mechanisms :
  • o  Format: Panel Discussion on role and strategies of multi-partners in Financing (Govts., IFIs, Donors, Sustainable Financing Initiative)
    o  Activity:
    Moderated panel discussion on the role and strategies of IFIs and other financing partners.
  • 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Coffee break :
  • o  Format: Informal Networking
    o  Activity: Refreshments and networking opportunity.
  • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Afternoon Session: Financing Mechanisms and Alignment :
  • o  Format: Panel Discussion on financing tools and mechanisms available to governments.
    o  Activity:
    □ Moderated panel discussion on the tools and financing mechanism available to governments (identify best practices and limitations of existing mechanisms).
  • 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM Day 1 Close :
  • o  Activity: Emcee summary remarks of Day 1 and preview of Day 2
  • 6:00 PM onwards Evening Reception/Cocktail Event :
  • o  Format: Networking Reception
    o  Activity: Informal networking and socializing.

    Key Outcomes :
    •  Presentation of findings from landscape analysis and publications.
    •  In-depth discussions on financing mechanisms and alignment with national commitments.
    •  Identification of key challenges and opportunities in HGSF financing.
    •  Networking opportunities to foster collaboration and partnerships.

May 22, 2024 

Strengthening the policy and institutional framework and improving quality programming of HGSF initiatives 

  • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM : Morning Session: Policy “Moving from policy to laws and national budget allocations”
  • o  Format: Interactive panel discussion
    o  Activity:
    □  Moderated panel discussion with countries and parliamentarians
  • 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM : Coffee break :
  • o  Format: Informal Networking
    o  Activity: Refreshments and networking opportunity.
  • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM: Coffee break & Photos :
  • o  Format: Country working sessions
    o  Activity: introduction, working session, report out.
    o  Group discussions will be focused on:
    □  What are the existing coordination mechanisms for HGSF: Multi sectoral coordination mechanism, coordination between government and partners.
    □  What works well in terms of coordination?
    □  What are the challenges?
    □  Country plans to address coordination challenges.
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch Break
  • o  Format: Informal Networking
    o  Activity: Lunch and networking opportunity.
  • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Afternoon Session: Designing nutrition sensitive HGSF programmes :
  • o  Format: Brief presentation followed by panel discussion
    o  Activity: Activity:
    □  Brief presentation on guidance for nutrition sensitive HGSF (AUDA-NEPAD tbc)
    □  Interactive panel discussion on best practices and innovative models (Senegal, Ghana & Mali).
  • 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM Coffee break :
  • o  Format: Informal Networking
    o  Activity: Refreshments and networking opportunity.
  • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Afternoon Session: Identifying challenges across the HGSF value chain and solutions to address them:
  • o  Format: Panel discussion and working groups
    o  Activity: Countries present in a panel their experience on challenges they face across the value chain. Countries working sessions to reflect on their own challenges and on solutions. Recommendations from AUDA-NEPAD.
  • 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM Day 2 Close :
  • o  Activity: Emcee summary remarks of Day 2 and preview of Day 3
  • Evening: Free (6:00 PM onwards):

  • Key Outcomes :
    •  Active involvement of children in HGSF initiatives.
    •  Sharing of best practices and institutional models.
    •  Identification of success factors and strategies for overcoming implementation barriers.

May 23, 2024 

SKnowledge Exchange and Support Offerings to governments 

  • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM : Morning Session: Knowledge Exchange Platforms:
  • o  Format: Presentation and workshop
    o  Activity:
    □ Presentation by GCNF on global survey
    □ Workshop on establishing knowledge-sharing platforms.
    □ Discussion on monitoring mechanisms.
  • 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM : Coffee break :
  • o  Format: Informal Networking
    o  Activity: Refreshments and networking opportunity.
  • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM: Morning Session: Support Offerings to Governments :
  • o  Format: Roundtable Discussion
    o  Activity:
    □ Roundtable discussion on support offerings to governments.
  • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch Break
  • o  Format: Informal Networking
    o  Activity: Lunch and networking opportunity.
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Afternoon Session: Closing session:
  • o  Format: Closing Speeches followed by Interactive Discussions
    o  Activity:
    □ Summary of conference proceedings
    □ Interactive discussions and reflections on key takeaways.
    □ Opportunities for attendees to share commitments or action plans.
    □ Adoption of conference declaration.
    □ Vote of thanks.

    Key Outcomes :
    • Establishment of knowledge-sharing platforms and monitoring mechanisms.
    • Development of advocacy strategies and strengthened partnerships.
    • Adoption of conference declaration and commitment to action plans.
    • Reflection on conference proceedings and key takeaways for future action.
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