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.
25 September 2014
Infographic showing WFP's presence in Oudomxay Province including staffing, beneficiaries by programme, programme coverage, donors and partners.
24 September 2014
Overview of the Cash/Food for Assets and Purchase for Progress Programmes in Lao PDR including programme coverage, activities, sustainability, results, funding and partners.
26 February 2014
The mid-term evaluation covers the operation Laos CP 200242 (2012-2015). 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: capacity development; disaster risk reduction and disaster risk management; prevention of acute malnutrition and nutritional support to children under two years, pregnant and lactating women; school feeding; support to households and communities to improve food security; cash and food for assets; purchase for progress; and support to local production of fortified foods.
The evaluation, which makes a number of recommendations for the future, was managed and conducted by a consultancy firm, with fieldwork taking place in April/May 2014.
16 November 2012
The World Food Programme works with governments across Asia to design and manage large-scale, innovative programmes, focused on those who need them most. These programmes are often called ‘safety nets’ – projects designed to protect the most vulnerable at critical times, and so allow them to make the most of each new opportunity to improve their lives.
30 March 2009
This baseline study was undertaken to establish a starting point against which WFP Laos will measure the impact of Food for Work asset creation activities on food security and livelihoods in target areas. The study gathered and assessed quantitative and qualitative data from a small, but diverse sample of 11 villages in seven districts in seven provinces.
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