“At the meeting of the Regional technical working group led by CILSS on 24 and 25 July 2008 in Niamey, it was decided to use IPC elements to improve the methodology of the Harmonised Framework for permanent analysis of the current vulnerability in the Sahel and West Africa, given their complementary features. In particular it was agreed to add indicators borrowed from the IPC as well as their thresholds, expanding the analysis of secondary data and using the IPC scale of severity and cartographic protocols. This new version of the Methodological Note on the Harmonised Framework improved by the IPC elements will serve as a reference for all partners in West Africa region.”