Publications
Capacity Building, Emergencies, Refugees and IDPs, Food for Assets, Gender, General Food Distribution, Nutrition, School Meals
19 October 2014

This report synthesizes findings of evaluations conducted between July 2013 and July 2014, covering 12 operations with a combined planned value of USD 3 billion (totaling over USD 1.7 billion funded), which targeted 14.3 million beneficiaries a year, were of varying types, durations and sizes and implemented in diverse settings.

The evaluations found all operations cohered well with national and sector policy frameworks. WFP is directly influencing policy and strategy formulation, and increasingly engaging in joint programming. WFP delivered broadly relevant food assistance, with most operations appropriate to overall needs; however, insufficient differentiation in the analysis and planning of some operations compromised planning for specific beneficiary needs. Results were inadequately documented, particularly at the outcome level, mainly because of weak monitoring systems. Evaluations revealed that the full extent of WFP’s achievements – and under-achievements – is not currently reflected in reporting systems. General food distribution, school feeding and nutrition activities delivered well against coverage targets, with weaker performance in food assistance for assets.  Evidence found that WFP served beneficiaries with less food than planned, however. Gender sensitivity was limited.

At the outcome level, WFP made most progress under Strategic Objective (SO) 1 - saving lives. Only limited data were available on SO2 (preventing acute hunger and investing in disaster preparedness and mitigation) and SO5 (capacity-development). Assessment of efficiency and sustainability was shallow; few operations were characterized as generally efficient or potentially sustainable.

External factors affecting results include WFP’s complex operating terrain and funding. Internal factors are symptomatic of an organization in transition, progressing in introducing changes, but with business processes needing to adapt. The lessons presented in this synthesis report aim to support WFP as it becomes increasingly fit for purpose.

Refugees and IDPs
12 April 2013

This is a synthesis of the findings and conclusions across the full series of 4 impact evaluations of the contribution of food assistance to refugees in protracted situations. The evaluations were conducted jointly by WFP and UNHCR in Ethiopia, Rwanda, Bangladesh and Chad. The synthesis aims to provide evidence and inspiration for future corporate strategies to deal more effectively with these challenging situations.

Refugees and IDPs, Gender, Purchase for Progress
27 March 2013

The evaluation covers WFP’s 2009 Policy for “Promoting Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women in Addressing Food and Nutrition Challenges” and its associated Corporate Action Plan (CAP). It was intended for both accountability and learning and focuses on assessing: i) the quality of the policy; ii) its results; and iii) the factors explaining the results.
WFP’s 2009 Gender Policy suffered from both quality limitations and a fragmented institutional response to its implementation. Yet there is evidence of some potentially valuable results for gender equality from WFP’s work, albeit disconnected from the Policy itself.  External factors have formed the major drivers for implementation and results. Recent improvements, notably in accountability systems and human and financial resourcing, suggest a welcome course correction. But a shift in gear is needed if WFP is to equitably realise its mission and mandate and respond to its international commitments on gender.
Four recommendations  support this process calling for a clearer position and a more comprehensive approach to addressing gender within WFP policies, strategies and operations going forward.
 

 

Livelihoods, Refugees and IDPs, General Food Distribution
29 January 2013

This is a synthesis of the findings and conclusions across the full series of 4 impact evaluations of the contribution of food assistance to refugees in protracted situations. The evaluations were conducted jointly by WFP and UNHCR in Ethiopia, Rwanda, Bangladesh and Chad. The synthesis aims to provide evidence and inspiration for future corporate strategies to deal more effectively with these challenging situations.

Capacity Building, 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.
Emergencies, Refugees and IDPs, Gender, General Food Distribution, Nutrition
16 May 2011

 The first in a series of four, this evaluation found positive short-term impacts - lives were saved; hunger was mediated; malnutrition rates  improved; and immediate security and protection were realized - but the longer-term objectives of food security, improved livelihood opportunities and asset building were not. 

Significant changes to policy and programme are needed to meet the challenges of protracted situations and to avoid chronic food insecurity.

 

Refugees and IDPs, Food Security Analysis
30 November 2010

A Joint Assessment Mission (JAM) 2010 was conducted in Ethiopia between 24 October and 04 November 2010 led by UNHCR, WFP and ARRA with the participation of implementing partners and donor representatives. The mission visited Eritrean refugee camps and settlements in the north, as well as Somali refugee camps in the south and east of the country. The main purpose of the joint mission was to assess the food security situation of refugees in Ethiopia, taking into account a wide range of factors that directly and indirectly affect food security as well as to assess the level of non-food assistance provided to refugees in relation to the actual needs.

Refugees and IDPs, Food Security Analysis
30 April 2008

Between 7th and 18th April 2008, WFP (Word Food Programme), ARRA (Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs) and UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees) with the participation of NGOs (Non Governmental Organization), undertook this Joint Assesment to determine the food security situation