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.
16 September 2014
- 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.
16 September 2014
- WFP urgently requires US$90 million for the next six months (July-December) to meet the needs of all its programmes in Kenya based on current assessed needs.
- Funding is also required to ensure timely re-sponse in case of increasing emergency needs and to expand resilience-building activities.
- Food and nutrition security in the arid and semi-arid lands is precarious after two poor rainfall seasons. Recent nutrition surveys indi-cate a deteriorating situation in Baringo, Man-dera, Marsabit, Samburu, Turkana and Wajir.
- WFP’s new Country programme for July 2014-June 2018 emphasizes capacity building of national institutions and county governments to reduce risks and enable them (together with vulnerable communities) to meet their own food and nutrition needs.
12 May 2014
The United States Department of Agriculture assessed the feasibility of implementing a locally produced school feeding (LPSF) program to increase small-scale farmers’ agricultural productivity and marketing capacity, and thus improve incomes, in four Sub-Saharan African countries. Research was conducted in Mali, Ghana, Kenya, and Rwanda. This paper details the results.
12 May 2014
This evaluation covers a ten-year period of WFP-assisted school feeding in Kenya. In the global context of WFP, Kenya is one of the largest and most long-standing programmes of school feeding.The three school feeding activities under review here are the Country Programme 1999-2003 (CP 10009), Country Programme 2004-2008 (CP 10264), and the school feeding components of Emergency Operation (EMOP) activities during 2004-07. The WFP-assisted school meals target all schools in the arid lands, the most vulnerable schools in semi-arid lands, and the informal urban slums in Nairobi and Mombassa.
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.
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.
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.
14 February 2011
This report presents the key findings, conclusions and recommendations of the WFP Kenya country portfolio evaluation.
6 January 2011
The first in a series of evaluations of the impact of school meals concludes that meals have helped boys and girls get into and through primary school and even on to secondary school. But the school meal is not enough to reverse the negative trend in drop-out rates as the students approach puberty, especially for girls in rural areas. Enhancing the cross-sector collaboration between agencies is necessary to maximise the gains of school meals. The Government of Kenya has taken important steps in this direction and WFP is in a key position to support this further.