Cash and Vouchers, Refugees and IDPs
15 September 2015

Cash-based food assistance in Kenya’s refugee camps

Between 28 August and 2 September, WFP transferred a total of 13.5 million Kenya Shillings to 33,934 households in the first round of Bamba Chakula transfers in Kakuma, 97% of the households that received SIM cards in July. Refugees began shopping immediately. By the time this update was going to publication, 11 million Kenya Shillings had been used to buy food, more than 80% of what had been transferred.

"This new electronic voucher programme will give us the opportunity to change mindsets on ways of providing humanitarian assistance. It brings a world of new innovative opportunities to the table." - Raouf Mazou, UNHCR Representative in Kenya.

Refugees and IDPs
31 July 2015

The first round of Bamba Chakula traders in Kakuma have been selected! WFP aims to include as many traders as possible in the programme, and will continue to accept applications and work with traders to improve their chances of joining. In this first round, from the more than 600 applications received, 317 traders were selected.

Refugees and IDPs
31 July 2015

A few words about ration cuts and vouchers…

WFP has been asked a lot questions in the past few weeks about the relationship between ration cuts and the new voucher programme.

Refugees and IDPs
31 July 2015

Snapshot of Bamba Chakula - the new voucher programme in the camps

Why introduce vouchers?
Refugees depend on WFP’s in-kind food assistance, a ration composed of cereals, pulses, vegetable oil, salt and CSB. This ration varies little from month to month and, over the years, monitoring has shown that refugees sell part of their ration so that they can buy a larger variety of food in the camp markets.

Baseline Assessments, Coping Strategies, Crop and Food Assessments, Crop Production, Emergency Assessments, Food Consumption, Initial Assessment, Livelihoods, Livestock Prices, Market Analysis, Monitoring, National Capacity, Population Numbers and Sampling, Qualitative Analysis, Refugees and IDPs, Terms of Trade, Urban Food Insecurity, Food Security Analysis
25 May 2015

The Food Security Analysis factsheet provides key information on the various aspects of Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping work at WFP, the different assessment tools, specific initiatives and key facts for 2015.

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, Food Security Analysis
1 October 2014

The 2014 WFP and UNHCR Joint Assessment Mission (JAM) was undertaken in both Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps in Kenya; 23rd – 27th June 2014 for Dadaab and 30th June – 3rd July 2014 for Kakuma. Dadaab refugee complex is located within the Garissa County, North East of Kenya while Kakuma refugee camp is located within the Turkana County, North West of Kenya. The host communities in Dadaab and Kakuma are predominantly pastoralists given the harsh climatic conditions that
characterize these counties.

Refugees and IDPs, Food for Assets, General Food Distribution, Nutrition, School Meals
5 February 2014

The evaluation covers the operation Kenya PRRO 200174 Food Assistance to Refugees (2011-2013). 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; blanket and targeted supplementary feeding for vulnerable groups, school meals and take-home rations, a fresh food voucher pilot, food for training, and food for assets among the host community residents.

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 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.
Capacity Building, Climate Change, Emergencies, Refugees and IDPs, Food for Assets, Gender, General Food Distribution, HIV/AIDS, Nutrition, School Meals
14 February 2011

This report presents the key findings, conclusions and recommendations of the WFP Kenya country portfolio evaluation.