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.

WFP Publication, Emergency Assessments
16 September 2014

Highlights

  • Heavy rainfall in South Sudan and insecurity along the transport routes, has resulted in a decrease in the arrival rates, especially into Uganda and Kenya.
  • Relocation from Leitchuor and Nip-Nip camps in Ethiopia is underway as the Government continues to identify land for resettlement of new arrivals.
  • WFP requires US$111 million for the next six months to meet the needs of new arrivals from South Sudan and existing refugees in all four countries.
  • Since mid-December, more than 450,000 South Sudanese have arrived in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan.
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.
Food for Assets, General Food Distribution, HIV/AIDS, Nutrition, School Meals
3 June 2011

This is the first in a series of four strategic evaluations related to the transition from food aid to food assistance.  The evaluation analyzed WFP’s role in social protection and safety nets, which are increasingly seen as important mechanisms for promoting development.  The evaluation found that WFP is already contributing to social protection and safety nets, especially for some activities.  However, institutionalizing these approaches more broadly within WFP will require changes in WFP’s operations and efforts to build organizational and staff capacity.

Emergencies, Food for Assets, General Food Distribution, Nutrition, School Meals
20 May 2011

 The Annual Evaluation Report for 2010 focuses on operational issues arising from evaluations of country portfolios and operations, and impact evaluations of selected school feeding programmes.

The findings reaffirm WFP’s corporate areas of strength in responding to emergencies under the most difficult circumstances and in providing school feeding, as one of the Programme’s flagship programmes. However, impact evaluations of these programmes also showed the importance of implementing school feeding in cooperation with partners who invest in education sector improvements. Areas where largest improvements can be made relate to food-for-work, where funding often is curtailed and thus strategic objectives moved beyond reach, and nutrition where the ambiguous objectives and small size of programmes make it difficult to demonstrate results.

School Meals
17 December 2010

Food for Education (FFE) in Ethiopia provides food assistance to primary schools in food insecure districts, mainly pastoral, where access to education is lower especially for girls.

Food for Assets, General Food Distribution, HIV/AIDS, Nutrition, School Meals
15 December 2010

This is the first in a series of four strategic evaluations related to the transition from food aid to food assistance.  The evaluation analyzed WFP’s role in social protection and safety nets, which are increasingly seen as important mechanisms for promoting development.  The evaluation found that WFP is already contributing to social protection and safety nets, especially for some activities.  However, institutionalizing these approaches more broadly within WFP will require changes in WFP’s operations and efforts to build organizational and staff capacity.  

School Meals
10 September 2009

WFP’s School Meals Programme in Ethiopia is supported by Children in Local Development (CHILD), a community-led planning tool jointly initiated by WFP and the Ministry of Education.  It involves the whole community to improve school premises and the quality of basic education.