Publications
Capacity Building, Emergencies, Food Security Analysis
26 September 2013

This evaluation of food security cluster coordination mechanisms was jointly commissioned by the Offices of Evaluation of WFP and FAO – the cluster’s lead agencies.

The evaluation focuses on the utility and effects of food security coordination at the country level. The evaluation concludes that effective food security coordination creates clear benefits for humanitarian organizations and the coverage of interventions. It is broadly supported by international humanitarian actors, who perceive investments in coordination to be largely worthwhile.

However, certain constraints undermine their relevance to operations and put current achievements at risk. The evaluation recommends advocating with the Inter-Agency Standing Committee to reduce the demands of system-wide processes; clarifying roles and responsibilities in the coordination architecture; advocating for greater donor commitment to food security coordination; enhancing the lead agencies’ commitment to and capacity for food security coordination; strengthening the Global Support Team’s capacity to deploy experienced coordination staff; mentoring to promote operationally relevant coordination; and enhancing the involvement of national, local and non-traditional humanitarian actors.

Emergencies
8 October 2012

 This is the first evaluation conducted on WFP’s role and performance as a cluster lead. The evaluation assessed the effectiveness, efficiency, utilization, results and satisfaction of the Logistics Cluster’s products, services and activities at global and country levels. Overall the evaluation found that under WFP’s effective leadership the cluster strengthened partnerships and increased coordination in humanitarian logistics.   WFP inputs of skilled staff, funding, back office systems and leadership enabled the cluster to undertake the expected global and country activities. At country level, the cluster’s operations were found to be relevant, effective and provided value to participating organizations. While the ability of the cluster to learn and apply lessons was hindered by the lack of systematic approaches, the cluster demonstrated improvement over time. WFP’s financial, reporting and tracking systems did not enable the level of transparency partners required. 

 
The  recommendations seek to engage the Global Logistics Cluster, its partners and WFP management in designing a 3-year strategic plan;  strengthening financial and reporting systems;  enhancing the organizational structure and decision-making;  improving cluster human resource management; extending partnership outreach; and engaging in global policy and inter-cluster coordination.
Capacity Building, Emergencies, Food for Assets, Gender, General Food Distribution
20 July 2012

This country portfolio evaluation managed by the WFP Office of Evaluation covers the period since WFP started operating in the Kyrgyz Republic in 2008 and assesses: i) the alignment and strategic positioning of WFP’s operations in the country; ii) the drivers of key strategic decisions; and iii) the performance and results of WFP operations. 

The evaluation found the WFP activities appropriate, and their delivery highly efficient. During the periods when food assistance is provided, it has made a measurable contribution to recipient household income, which has led to more predictable consumption of staples amongst some of the poorest households at critical times. While the portfolio has gradually moved towards a better strategic positioning and alignment with government priorities, there is however a need to better integrate the food assistance programme within the national social protection efforts.
 

Emergencies
21 November 2011

This is the first evaluation conducted on WFP’s role and performance as a cluster lead. The evaluation assessed the effectiveness, efficiency, utilization, results and satisfaction of the Logistics Cluster’s products, services and activities at global and country levels. Overall the evaluation found that under WFP’s effective leadership the cluster strengthened partnerships and increased coordination in humanitarian logistics.   WFP inputs of skilled staff, funding, back office systems and leadership enabled the cluster to undertake the expected global and country activities. At country level, the cluster’s operations were found to be relevant, effective and provided value to participating organizations. While the ability of the cluster to learn and apply lessons was hindered by the lack of systematic approaches, the cluster demonstrated improvement over time. WFP’s financial, reporting and tracking systems did not enable the level of transparency partners required. 

The  recommendations seek to engage the Global Logistics Cluster, its partners and WFP management in designing a 3-year strategic plan;  strengthening financial and reporting systems;  enhancing the organizational structure and decision-making;  improving cluster human resource management; extending partnership outreach; and engaging in global policy and inter-cluster coordination.