Publications
Capacity Development, Emergencies, Food Security Analysis
26 September 2013

This evaluation of food security cluster coordination mechanisms was jointly commissioned by the Offices of Evaluation of WFP and FAO – the cluster’s lead agencies.

The evaluation focuses on the utility and effects of food security coordination at the country level. The evaluation concludes that effective food security coordination creates clear benefits for humanitarian organizations and the coverage of interventions. It is broadly supported by international humanitarian actors, who perceive investments in coordination to be largely worthwhile.

However, certain constraints undermine their relevance to operations and put current achievements at risk. The evaluation recommends advocating with the Inter-Agency Standing Committee to reduce the demands of system-wide processes; clarifying roles and responsibilities in the coordination architecture; advocating for greater donor commitment to food security coordination; enhancing the lead agencies’ commitment to and capacity for food security coordination; strengthening the Global Support Team’s capacity to deploy experienced coordination staff; mentoring to promote operationally relevant coordination; and enhancing the involvement of national, local and non-traditional humanitarian actors.

Capacity Development, Emergencies, Refugees and IDPs, Food for Assets, Gender, General Food Distribution, Nutrition, School Meals
16 October 2012
The Afghanistan Country Portfolio Evaluation (CPE) encompasses the entirety of World Food Programme (WFP) activities in protracted relief and recovery operation (PRRO) 200063 from April 2010 to June 2012. The PRRO aimed to enhance food security and improve the human and productive capital of 7.6 million food-insecure Afghans. As planned, it was the second largest PRRO in the world, representing 9 percent of WFP’s total global budget.
 
Given the extremely complex and challenging operating environment in Afghanistan, WFP’s operations underwent considerable change over the portfolio period. The evaluation found that WFP was appropriately and closely aligned with the evolving general architecture of government policy. Operationally, the evaluation found that while WFP worked closely with government partners at the local level for delivery, monitoring and follow-up, there were challenges and concerns related to partners’ legitimacy in some regions and the adequacy of their management of WFP’s food distribution.
 
Perhaps most importantly, conflict-sensitivity within the portfolio has remained reactive and focused on the maintenance of current activities rather than re-design. Overall, the medium- and longer-term activities such as food for assets were well received by beneficiary communities and nutrition projects have shown some encouraging results.
Capacity Development, Emergencies, Refugees and IDPs, Food for Assets, Gender, General Food Distribution, Nutrition, School Meals
16 October 2012

The Afghanistan Country Portfolio Evaluation (CPE) encompasses the entirety of World Food Programme (WFP) activities in protracted relief and recovery operation (PRRO) 200063 from April 2010 to June 2012. The PRRO aimed to enhance food security and improve the human and productive capital of 7.6 million food-insecure Afghans. As planned, it was the second largest PRRO in the world, representing 9 percent of WFP’s total global budget.

Given the extremely complex and challenging operating environment in Afghanistan, WFP’s operations underwent considerable change over the portfolio period. The evaluation found that WFP was appropriately and closely aligned with the evolving general architecture of government policy. Operationally, the evaluation found that while WFP worked closely with government partners at the local level for delivery, monitoring and follow-up, there were challenges and concerns related to partners’ legitimacy in some regions and the adequacy of their management of WFP’s food distribution.

Perhaps most importantly, conflict-sensitivity within the portfolio has remained reactive and focused on the maintenance of current activities rather than re-design. Overall, the medium- and longer-term activities such as food for assets were well received by beneficiary communities and nutrition projects have shown some encouraging results. 

Capacity Development, Gender, Nutrition, Purchase for Progress, School Meals
16 May 2011

Commissioned by WFP’s Executive Board when approving the Policy, this early evaluation assessed: the quality of the Policy itself; results so far; and the factors influencing these results/progress in implementation.

The Policy was timely, relevant and introduced some important new elements, based on sound principles. There are many positive features in implementation so far, but not as much tangible progress as might have been hoped, due to inherent weaknesses in the Policy and slow implementation of the necessary changes to WFP systems, incentives and procedures.