Infant Feeding in Emergencies (IFE) Core Group
The IFE Core Group is an international community of practice around infant and young child feeding in emergencies (IYCF-E). It is an interagency collaboration. The Emergency Nutrition Network (ENN) is the coordinating agency and its website is a ‘home’ for the resources produced by the IFE Core Group.
The IFE Core Group has produced a number of resources and outputs, listed in full below. Over the years, the IFE Core Group has worked with many agencies, individual experts and directly with field teams and welcomes collaboration.
The IFE Core Group seeks to fast track the link between practitioner experience and policy and guidance development and implementation.
The IFE Core Group is currently updating the Operational Guidance on IYCF-E (2007) in a two year programme of work, co-lead by ENN (funded by OFDA) and UNICEF. Information regarding the process is available from ENN technical Director Emily Mates.
IFE Core Group members
Membership comprises named individuals with responsibility for strategic oversight and operations related to infant and young child feeding in emergencies. They may be independent or associated with an agency. Current members of the IFE Core Group are:
Individual members: Karleen Gribble, Marko Kerac
IFE Core Group areas of activity
The IFE Core Group’s work to date has centred on development of policy guidance and capacity building tools, capturing and learning from what happens in emergency response with regard to infant and young child feeding and promoting policy and practice change in the context of preparedness and response.
The IFE Core Group strategic areas of activity are:
- Advocacy on infant and young child feeding in emergencies within and external to agencies, across sectors and from policy level to field practice
- Capturing experiences and extracting lessons from emergency response and reflecting these in policy guidance updates and resource development
- Supporting proactive and reactive strong, technically sound and consistent communication in general media and statements
- Identifying policy, guidance and research gaps and highlighting these to policy makers/researchers and relevant organisations and agencies
- ‘Stop gapping’ policy and guidance where there are outstanding and critical gaps in guidance from normative agencies
- Dissemination of key resources
- Peer to peer support for members to enable putting operational guidance into practice
- Participation in global initiatives and forums around improving emergency response, such as the Global Nutrition Cluster, The Sphere Project, and the technical forum, en-net and various trainings
The IFE Core Group does not directly implement programmes.
IFE Core Group resources and outputs
Orientation Package on IFE, v2.1, 2010. English.
Media guide on IFE.. English, French, German, Spanish, Arabic.
Model joint statement on IFE
Key messages on IFE - for mothers and caregivers. English and French
Protecting infants in emergencies: the role of the public. IFE Core Group.
IFE Core Group Strategy Meeting Report, November, 2010
Please see our resources section for more IYCF-E resources.
Feedback and support
In order to develop and update the policy guidance and training materials, your feedback is vital. Any experiences of using the materials in training, gaps in the materials, or issues around infant feeding in emergences that you wish to share with us, are welcome.
IFE Core Group Funding
Each member identifies their own funds to support their individual engagement in the IFE Core Group. At a minimum, participation will require advocacy, lesson sharing and indentifying gaps.
Additional funds, either sourced through individual agencies or secured as a collective, are identified to undertake specific activities. Additional capacity to undertake activities may be available within member agencies or may need to be expanded, e.g. attaching a consultant to an agency to undertake work.
Contact the IFE Core Group
IFE Core Group
c/o Emergency Nutrition Network
32 Leopold Street
Tel: +44 (0)1865 324996/249745
Fax: +44 (0)1865 324997
Email: Marie McGrath
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Reference this page
Chloe Angood (2014). IFE Core Group. www.ennonline.net/ifecoregroup