Analysis of the Southern African development community national vulnerability assessment committees (SADC NVACs) : towards the establishment of an effective and efficient South African vulnerability assessment committee (SAVAC).
Masechaba, Ramphoko Moipone.
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Vulnerability assessment and analysis is an important part of food security analysis. In Southern African Development Community, assessment is through the (NVACs) National Vulnerability Assessment Committees. However there is no framework informing effectiveness and efficiency. The study aimed at determining the essential elements of effectiveness and efficiency in NVACs. A model framework for analysing effectiveness and efficiency of NVACs was developed. Secondary data was then collected in NVACs supplementing it with key informant interviews. Matrices were developed from the model framework to assign scores for NVACs’ effectiveness and efficiency using the robot system. This was followed by SWOT analysis. The study revealed that all NVACs are effective but 89% are highly effective. On the contrary, 67% NVACs proved efficient with 22% highly efficient. The NVACs had more weaknesses than strengths, opportunities nor threats. Based on the study’s definition of effectiveness and efficiency, it was concluded that NVACs’ problems are mostly internal. Emphasis on data management, regular monitoring and evaluations and NVACs’ inclusion in government’s budget were recommended. In addition, South African NVAC framework to effectively and efficiently assess vulnerability was developed and recommended.
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