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Definition of Minimum Expenditure Baskets (MEB) in West Africa

2018 — By Nathalie Klein

Throughout 2017, five countries in West Africa have worked collectively to define minimum expenditure baskets, in order to better capture the contribution that humanitarian assistance is making to address the basic needs of affected populations, and improve the impact of assistance. This heavy process raises technical and coordination challenges. The CALP Network, with support from USAID / OFDA, documented the different approaches used by countries to identify facilitating factors to achieve the process and develop recommendations to overcome obstacles. This work does not aim at providing a guidance for MEB definition, but should be of interest to other countries working to define MEB.