Discussions began in 2008 amongst a group of donors on ways to help Myanmar make faster progress towards the achievement of Millennium Development Goal 1 (the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger). After extensive consultations with key stakeholders from government, embassies, UN and NGOs, in March 2009 LIFT– the Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund - was launched.
In the spirit of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and the OECD/DAC guide¬lines on “Harmonising Donor Practices for Effective Aid Delivery”, the donors agreed on a multi-donor trust fund approach with the conviction that pooling resources allows for programme coherence and leads to greater impact.
Generous contributions for LIFT’s work in 2010 came from Australia, the European Union (EU), the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. More recent contributions have been received from Denmark and New Zealand. The donors contracted the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) as the fund manager to administer the funds and provide monitoring and oversight for LIFT.
The overall objective of LIFT is to make progress towards the achievement of Mil¬lennium Development Goal 1 in Myanmar. LIFT’s purpose is to sustainably increase food availability and incomes of 2 million target beneficiaries.
- Increased agricultural production and incomes supported through improved production and postharvest technologies, improved access to inputs and markets.
- Targeted households supported in nonagricultural livelihood activities and/or trained in livelihood skills for employment.
- Sustainable natural resource management and environmental rehabilitation supported to protect local livelihoods.
- Effective social protection measures that increase the incomes, enhance the livelihood opportunities or protect the livelihoods assets of chronically poor households.
- Capacity of civil society strengthened to support and promote food and livelihoods security for the poor.
- Monitoring and evaluation evidence and commissioned studies used to inform programme and policy development.
- Funds are allocated in line with Fund Board policies and are accounted for in a transparent manner
- Fund flow and partner performance are monitored and evaluated.
Vision, goal and purpose
Vision: LIFT’s vision is to be an effective mechanism for channeling aid through partners, to achieve its goal of improving the food and livelihood security of the poor and vulnerable in Myanmar.
Working with partners, LIFT aims to be a collective and influential voice promoting programme coherence, innovation and learning and providing a platform for enhanced policy engagement on agriculture, food security and rural development.
Goal: To improve the food and livelihood security of poor and vulnerable people in Myanmar.
Purpose: To sustainably increase food availability and incomes of 2 million target beneficiaries.
LIFT was set up to work towards the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, one of the Millennium Development Goals. LIFT works in areas that account for about 90% of food poverty in Myanmar including Ayeyarwady Delta, Dry Zone, Chin, Kachin, Shan, and Rakhine States.
Recently, LIFT Fund has launched a $20 million call for proposals for organizations to assist communities that lost their livelihoods on 22 October 2010, when category four Cyclone Giri, struck the Eastern Rakhine coast in Kyaukphyu, Myebon, Pauktaw, and Minbya townships. Operating within the framework of LIFT’s overall goal, the Tat Lan (Way Forward) Sustainable Food Security and Livelihoods Programme aims to equitably and sustainably improve the livelihoods of 214 severely and moderately cyclone affected communities in the Rakhine State. Additionally, LIFT is ready to support the Myanmar Peace Support Initiative as new food insecure areas have emerged in ceasefire areas including the Mon and Kayin states. So, efforts are being made to ensure that potential synergies are identified and explored. Decisions about how to focus activities geographically across Myanmar is based on the following criteria:
- Where food and total poverty and vulnerability are greatest (based on primary, secondary and proxy data as available);
- Where there are international and local partners with experience and the capacity to implement programmes;
- Where there is potential to link up two or more partners, so as to achieve programme coherence, scale and impact;
- Where there is opportunity to monitor and evaluate project activities and to capture lessons;
- Where there is a potential for pro-poor rural economic growth.
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Reduce by half the proportion of people living on less than a dollar a day; achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all, including women and young people; reduce by half the proportion of people who suffer from hunger.