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Accelerating Progress towards the Economic Empowerment of Rural Women: Seventh Consolidated Annual Progress Report
The Joint Programme 'Accelerating Progress towards the Economic Empowerment of Rural Women' (JP RWEE) is a global initiative that aims to secure rural women's livelihoods and rights in the context of sustainable development. Jointly implemented since 2014 by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), UN Women and the World Food Programme (WFP) in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Nepal, Niger and Rwanda, the JP RWEE builds on each Agency's comparative advantages and strengths to improve the status of women in rural areas.
A total of $7,600,957, was allocated to the JP RWEE for its final year of implementation in 2020, including an allocation of $6,300,000 divided equally to each country team, and of $1,095,571 to Global Coordination, including for the implementation of the Global Learning Plan which incorporates a final evaluation. The allocation was agreed at the International Steering Committee (ISC) meeting in November 2019, during which country workplans, reviewed and assessed against compliance criteria, were approved. The actions outlined in the workplans built on the progress made in the preceding years of JP RWEE implementation and incorporated efforts to further embed national and local ownership of the programme and ensure lasting, transformative change. The implementation period of the programme was, however, extended with the approval of a six month no-cost extension by the programme's donors following the declaration of the global COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. The pandemic had, and continues to have, a far reaching impact worldwide, and all seven participating JP RWEE countries experienced lockdowns and restrictions to movement which impeded the ability to implement the programme as planned. Despite the unprecedented crisis that characterised most of 2020, the far reaching socio-economic impact of COVID-19 in rural communities, and the disruption caused to programming, the JP RWEE was able to achieve significant results and generate important learning during the year. This was particularly important as the programme's first phase draws to a close and key learning is generated to inform the design of future potential programming.