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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 6 Ranking in planning of emergency programme in Angola

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 6 Ranking in planning of emergency programme in Angola Marie-Noelle Vieu Introduction `Rapid Rural Appraisal' approach1. The ranking technique was expected to provide a This paper reports a ranking exercise carried rational framework to deal with time and resource constraints (see Figure 1). out by a UNICEF technical team (a medical doctor, an agronomist and a nutritionist) in Angola. This exercise was part of the planning Figure 1. Sequence of the need of the UNICEF relief programme within the assessment UN `Special Emergency Programme for Angola' (SRPA) launched in October 1991. It took place from December 1991 to June 1992. The author was involved as a nutritionist. The present paper focuses on the methodology itself rather than the impact of the exercise on the decision-making process because the departure of the author before completion of the programme, and because the failure of the peace process prevented any follow up. However, looking at this experience with critical eyes might be useful in planning emergency programmes under the pressure of time and resource constraints. The author's views do not necessarily represent those of UNICEF. Any faults or misconception in the interpretation of the fieldwork remain the ...

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