Publications
Capacity Development, Food for Assets, General Food Distribution, HIV/AIDS, Nutrition, Purchase for Progress, School Meals
19 October 2014

This report synthesizes the findings of 12 WFP operation evaluations conducted between July 2013 and July 2014. The operations were implemented in diverse settings, from refugee camps to development contexts. They had a combined planned value of USD 3billion, targeted 14.3 million beneficiaries a year, and were of varying types, durations and sizes.

The evaluations found that amid some of the most difficult operating conditions in the world, WFP’s operations cohered well with national and sector policy frameworks. WFP is directly influencing and helping to formulate policy and strategy in many locations, and is increasingly engaging in joint programming.

Many of the external factors affecting results are features of WFP’s complex operating terrain, including political instability. Funding was a major constraint. Internal factors are symptomatic of an organization in transition, with progress in introducing changes, but business practices still to be oriented to new external and corporate realitiesThe 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.

School Meals
24 September 2014

Overview of the School Meals Programme in Lao PDR including programme coverage, activities, sustainability, results, beneficiary perspective, funding and partners.

Case Study, Non-WFP Publication, Evaluation, Research
12 May 2014

The popularity of school feeding programs make it imperative that we answer basic questions about the effectiveness of these programs. Do they boost enrollment and if so, are take-home rations as good as offering in-school meals? A proper lunch can ward off hunger, but is it enough to make up for years of nutritional deprivation? Children who aren’t hungry can focus better in school—does this mean they will do better in their classes? The answers are critical if we want to create effective development programs.

WFP Publication, Case Study
8 May 2014

This summary presents the findings and implications from the three country-studies which were jointly undertaken by the World Bank, IFPRI and the World Food Programme on School Feeding Programmes in Burkina Faso, Uganda and Lao PDR between 2005 and 2008. The cases of Burkina Faso and Laos provide significant evidence on the positive impacts of school feeding on the policy-claimed objectives of education, nutrition and gender. The impact evaluation in Lao PDR shows how empirical research can help to identify the major challenges at policy level and to improve the design and implementation of school feeding programmes in the field.

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.

Food for Assets, School Meals
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.

Nutrition, School Meals
26 July 2011

The WFP School Meals Programme supports the Government of Lao PDR in assisting primary school children in communities in Phongsaly, Luangnamtha, Oudomxay, Saravane, Sekong and Attapeu. School meals aim to increase enrolment, reduce the gender gap, improve learning capacity and encourage school attendance.