Publications
Capacity Development, 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 (totalling 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.

Nutrition, School Meals
25 September 2014

Infographic showing WFP's presence in Sekong Province including staffing, beneficiaries by programme, programme coverage, donors and partners.

Food for Assets, Nutrition, School Meals
25 September 2014

Infographic showing WFP's presence in Oudomxay Province including staffing, beneficiaries by programme, programme coverage, donors and partners.

Nutrition, School Meals
25 September 2014

Infographic showing WFP's presence in Luangnamtha Province including staffing, beneficiaries by programme, programme coverage, donors and partners.

Nutrition
24 September 2014

In Lao PDR, 44 percent of children under 5 years of age are stunted as a result of a poor diet, often lacking in essential micronutrients, fats and proteins as well as experiencing recurrent illness. WFP has been operating a Mother and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) Programme since 2012 (piloted in 2011) which aims to prevent stunting in children under 2 years of age by targeting the first 1,000 days of life.  The factsheet provides an overview of the MCHN Programme in Lao PDR including programme coverage, activities, sustainability, results, beneficiary perspective, funding and partners.

Capacity Development, Food for Assets, Nutrition, School Meals
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.

Crop and Food Assessments, Emergency Assessments, Livelihoods, Floods, Food Security Analysis, Nutrition
25 November 2013

A series of five major storm events during the summer-monsoon season of 2013 caused flooding in 12 out of 17 provinces (52 out 145 districts) across the Lao PDR and affected a total of 395,000 people.  Flooding is not unusual at this time of the year but the individual flood events were caused by different weather systems which occurred in different locations at different points in time (starting in July and ending in October 2013), and hit with varying levels of severity. In the South the flood water levels were high for up to 6 days inundating the rice crops that were almost ready to be harvested. Although many fields appear lush green the rice crops are often completely damaged because of the long time under water.

Nutrition
16 November 2012

Poor nutrition in the first 1,000 days of life – from the womb to two years of age – can lead to irreversible damage to children’s minds and bodies. The World Food Programme in Asia is targeting its food assistance to make sure that children and adults get the right food, at the right time, in the right place.

Emergencies, Nutrition
25 January 2012

 This evaluation of WFP’s partnerships is one of four strategic evaluations undertaken in the 2010–2011 biennium that relate to the shift from food aid to food assistance as called for in WFP’s 2008–2013 Strategic Plan.

The evaluation analysed how WFP’s partnerships and its role within them are affected by this strategic shift. Recognizing that the shift is an ongoing process and that the evaluation took place at the mid-point of the strategic planning cycle, the evaluation aimed to support organizational learning.   Partnership is a key element in WFP's Strategic Plan and is essential for effective international humanitarian and development assistance.  
 
The evaluation found that WFP is seen as a valued and respected partner and that working in partnership contributes to increased impact.  However the evaluation found areas of weakness that need to be addressed in order for WFP to be an even more effective partner, for example to develop a comprehensive partnership strategy, clarify its roles in relations to the shift to a food-assistance model and refine its internal systems and capacities.
Emergencies, Nutrition
25 January 2012

 This evaluation of WFP’s partnerships is one of four strategic evaluations undertaken in the 2010–2011 biennium that relate to the shift from food aid to food assistance as called for in WFP’s 2008–2013 Strategic Plan.

The evaluation analysed how WFP’s partnerships and its role within them are affected by this strategic shift. Recognizing that the shift is an ongoing process and that the evaluation took place at the mid-point of the strategic planning cycle, the evaluation aimed to support organizational learning.   Partnership is a key element in WFP's Strategic Plan and is essential for effective international humanitarian and development assistance.  
The evaluation found that WFP is seen as a valued and respected partner and that working in partnership contributes to increased impact.  However the evaluation found areas of weakness that need to be addressed in order for WFP to be an even more effective partner, for example to develop a comprehensive partnership strategy, clarify its roles in relations to the shift to a food-assistance model and refine its internal systems and capacities.