Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) represents all efforts meant to ensure the views of refugees and host communities are taken on board by partners and influence the design and implementation of programming. Effective AAP is key for timely and quality program delivery, for upholding commitments to the Inter-Agency Standing Committee and Core Humanitarian Standards, and from a human rights-based approach. Many organizations across the refugee response often report lacking resources, knowledge, or skills to deliver AAP effectively.
To address this gap, U-Learn co-organized a 6-month AAP training course with UNHCR in 2021. The AAP in Action program is a follow-up to this initiative to help interested organizations operationalize AAP in their programming through one-on-one practical support in the three regions where U-Learn is present (North, West Nile, and South-West).
Who is eligible for this program?
All refugee response actors in Uganda are welcome to fill out the application form, such as the UN agencies, government actors, INGOs, national NGOs, and RLOs that would benefit from greater knowledge on practically delivering AAP. This also includes those who participated in the AAP training courses, organizations that are directly working on AAP, or those who would like to integrate AAP more into their work. In this initial round, we will select one organization per region (North, West Nile, and South-West), which will create a total of 3 actors in this cohort. However, if the pilot is successful, the program may be scaled up for future rounds.
What will this program offer?
If selected, you will identify up to two AAP support areas from the menu copied above based on your organization’s AAP needs. You will be matched with a U-Learn AAP manager who is based in your region to collaboratively develop a customized 3-month work plan and set up AAP goals for implementation. Depending on the extent of support and your/AAP manager’s availability, you might need to schedule regular check-ins, practical sessions, field visits, and other engagements that work best for your needs. All relevant resources, such as practical guidance, CFM tools, and checklists, will be provided by U-Learn. However, please note that the U-Learn managers will not execute tasks for the organizations, but they will help build AAP capacity by guiding you to develop or strengthen your AAP practices. The program will allow you to be part of an AAP Community of Practice (CoP) forum where the current cohort members exchange lessons learned and best practices on a regular basis. There is no cost implication for organizations, however we expect active engagement and commitment throughout the 3-month period (at least 2 hours per week).
What are the selection criteria?
What is the time commitment?
While it depends on the needs, desire, and availability of participating organizations, we expect partners to commit at least 2 hours per week to engage with the program and assess progress. This will be officiated by a commitment agreement signed off by the partner’s senior leader(s), AAP focal point(s), and U-Learn before the technical support starts.
As they become more confident and skilled in AAP, the dosage of support intensity and time commitment will gradually decrease. To assess progress and changes in AAP practices, baseline, midway and end-line surveys will be conducted among participants.