Publications
Capacity Development, Food for Assets, General Food Distribution, HIV/AIDS, Nutrition, Purchase for Progress, School Meals
19 October 2014

This report synthesizes the findings of 12 WFP operation evaluations conducted between July 2013 and July 2014. The operations were implemented in diverse settings, from refugee camps to development contexts. They had a combined planned value of USD 3billion, targeted 14.3 million beneficiaries a year, and were of varying types, durations and sizes.

The evaluations found that amid some of the most difficult operating conditions in the world, WFP’s operations cohered well with national and sector policy frameworks. WFP is directly influencing and helping to formulate policy and strategy in many locations, and is increasingly engaging in joint programming.

Many of the external factors affecting results are features of WFP’s complex operating terrain, including political instability. Funding was a major constraint. Internal factors are symptomatic of an organization in transition, with progress in introducing changes, but business practices still to be oriented to new external and corporate realitiesThe lessons presented in this synthesis report aim to support WFP as it becomes increasingly fit for purpose.

Capacity Development, Emergencies, Food for Assets, General Food Distribution, Nutrition
5 February 2014

The mid-term evaluation covers the operation Ethiopia PRRO 200290 "Responding to Humanitarian Crises and Enhancing Resilience to Food Insecurity" (2012-2013). It was intended for both accountability and learning and focuses on assessing: i) the appropriateness and coherence of the operation; ii) its results; and iii) the factors explaining the results.

The evaluation assessed the following activities: general food distribution; nutritional support to children under five, pregnant and lactating women; support to households and communities to improve food security, resilience and disaster recovery; cash transfers; food for work and capacity development. The evaluation, which makes a number of recommendations for the future, was managed and conducted by a consultancy firm, with fieldwork taking place in January 2014.

Capacity Development, Emergencies, Refugees and IDPs, Food for Assets, Gender, General Food Distribution, HIV/AIDS, Nutrition, School Meals
5 June 2012

 The Annual Evaluation Report for 2011 focuses on lessons arising from implementation to date of WFP’s Strategic Plan 2008-2013. It covers 16 evaluations on: strategic themes in the transition from ‘food aid to food assistance’, such as partnerships and how Country Offices adapt to change; school feeding and WFP support to agricultural small holders and markets; and WFP’s strategic positioning and performance in Haiti, Kenya, Rwanda and Yemen; and others.

The findings reaffirm the relevance of the Strategic Plan to addressing the complex dimensions of hunger in a changing world. Important adaptations and innovations have been made with some promising results. However, half way through the Strategic Plan cycle, leadership and investment in the change process does not yet match requirements and future effectiveness will depend on it.
Capacity Development
24 February 2008

The objective of this evaluation was to determine achievements and shortfalls in WFP’s
capacity development work and to learn from these experiences. WFP views capacity development in its strategic plan (2006-2009) as the means to: “strengthen the capacity of countries and regions to establish and manage food-assistance and hunger-reduction programmes.” The most common areas for WFP capacity development are project management, analysis and assessment, food management, logistics, and supporting decentralisation efforts.

The evaluation focuses on the quality of the Building National and Regional Capacities Policy (2004), its implementation and results of operations, and WFP’s capabilities and tools available to implement the Policy.

Seven key recommendations emerged from the evaluation, among them the need to clarify the objectives of the policy and then update it to bring WFP’s policy in line with latest thinking on capacity development.