28 March 2014
This evaluation of WFP’s 2008 cash and voucher policy was commissioned by the Office of Evaluation in order to assess the quality and results of the policy and its implementation.
The evaluation found that although the policy does not represent WFP’s current best practice for policies, it served its purpose in establishing the basis for authorizing use of cash transfers and vouchers within WFP’s mandate. However, the intended outcomes of the policy — such as empowerment of beneficiaries, improved livelihoods and better coping strategies — were not measured systematically, and the lack of disaggregation by modality at project level in the corporate monitoring system makes it impossible to attribute achievement of corporate outcomes or outputs to modality, be it cash, vouchers or in-kind food. Other expected outcomes from the policy were related to efficiency gains in the business process, which were found to have had mixed results, with some key bottlenecks causing significant delays.
Among key recommendations are updating revised manuals and guidance, rather than updating the policy. Furthermore it recommends that WFP invest in capacity development, identify and empower leadership on cash transfers and vouchers, and build evidence to clarify its value proposition to its external partners.
22 May 2013
Ecuador WFP Ecuador’s 2012 Annual Report documents a compilation of best practices in learning, innovation, and improved tools to reach the most vulnerable and improve their food and nutrition security. With the aim of being the partner of choice that builds the resilience of poor communities in the face of natural disasters, climate change, and food and nutrition insecurity, WFP in Ecuador has worked with the national and local governments to foster innovation, improve tools and take proven solutions to scale.
24 August 2012
WFP’s goal in Ecuador is to be an innovative partner, support government policies and priorities, contribute to food sovereignty, food and nutrition security of vulnerable people, and gender equality. The Strategy for 2012-2016 outlines an approach with national and local governments, communities and all the sectors involved in food and nutrition security. Representatives of 15 government agencies participated in developing the Strategy, in line with the priorities of the Government’s National Development Plan and the 2008 Constitution.
31 May 2012
In Ecuador, WFP supports national efforts to promote food and nutrition security, and the government’s food sovereignty priorities. WFP prioritizes participatory collaboration with governments, communities, the private sector and others who share the aim to improve food and nutrition security for all.
The Government of Ecuador endorsed WFP’s strategy for 2012–2016, supporting a collaborative process involving representatives of 15 ministries. The strategy was developed to closely align WFP efforts in support of the priorities outlined in the government’s National Development Plan, the 2008 Constitution, the working framework of the United Nations (UNDAF), and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
31 May 2012
In close coordination with the government, the WFP Country Office in Ecuador undertook a series of projects in favour of vulnerable populations. Assistance to Colombian refugees and their host communities in the northern border; the Cash and Voucher project; an initiative on adaptation to Climate Change with funding from the Adaptation Fund, were central to WFP’s work during 2011. Click on the link below to read this annual report available in English and Spanish.
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