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.
5 February 2014
The evaluation covers WFP’s protracted relief and recovery operation (PRRO) 200065 “Response to Recurrent Natural Disasters and Seasonal Food Insecurity in Madagascar” (July 2010 - November 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: emergency relief, treatment of acute nutrition, cash and food for assets and capacity development. The evaluation, which makes a number of recommendations for the future, was managed and conducted by a consultancy firm, with fieldwork taking place in November/December 2013.
24 February 2006
WFP’s Office of Evaluation commissioned this review to identify how WFP could strengthen and scale up its mother and child nutrition (MCN) interventions.
By endorsing the Food for Nutrition policy paper in 2004, WFP strengthened its corporate policy focus on nutrition issues including MCN. However, based on case studies in Cuba, India, Madagascar and Zambia the review recommends that WFP should:
• ensure the implementation of the corporate focus on nutrition including scaling up MCN interventions and coherence issues;
• improve the quality of its MCN programmes;
• improve targeting mechanisms to support MCN programmes;
• collaborate more closely with CBO’s /NGOs to establish food assistance programmes; with stronger community involvement
• have a more strategic approach towards its partnerships for MCN programmes; and
• expand its role in the establishment of local production of fortified blended foods