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, Refugees and IDPs, Food for Assets, Gender, General Food Distribution, Nutrition, School Meals
6 March 2013

This country portfolio evaluation, managed by the WFP Office of Evaluation, covers the period 2010-2012 of WFP operations in Sudan 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.  During this period, WFP was the largest humanitarian actor in Sudan with more than 40% of the total consolidated appeal request.
The evaluation found the portfolio broadly aligned with core humanitarian principles and with the needs of food insecure populations and broadly integrated into the policies and priorities of Government.  WFP’s negotiation of access to affected populations was contested but ultimately provided the maximum possible coverage for assessments and food assistance.  While the transition from food aid to food assistance, through a focus on recovery interventions has begun, the pace and extent of this shift is limited by in-kind funding and the on-going scale of displaced populations in need of general food distribution in Darfur.  Four main recommendations focus on: i. improvements in partnership and coordination; ii. strategic shifts to longer-term planning; iii. improvements in monitoring, evaluation and assessments; and iv. further refinement of targeting.

Emergencies, Food for Assets, General Food Distribution, Nutrition, School Meals
20 May 2011

 The Annual Evaluation Report for 2010 focuses on operational issues arising from evaluations of country portfolios and operations, and impact evaluations of selected school feeding programmes.

The findings reaffirm WFP’s corporate areas of strength in responding to emergencies under the most difficult circumstances and in providing school feeding, as one of the Programme’s flagship programmes. However, impact evaluations of these programmes also showed the importance of implementing school feeding in cooperation with partners who invest in education sector improvements. Areas where largest improvements can be made relate to food-for-work, where funding often is curtailed and thus strategic objectives moved beyond reach, and nutrition where the ambiguous objectives and small size of programmes make it difficult to demonstrate results.

Emergencies, School Meals
25 January 2007

This evaluation focused on demonstrating how WFP’s school feeding can address the needs of people in emergency contexts, with a view to learning from current practice and improving future implementation. Three field studies, desk research and a survey questionnaire constituted the basis of the evaluation. Readers are encouraged to refer to the full technical report for greater detail.

9 December 2006

This independent evaluation examined the work of the emergency operation in Darfur from April 2004 to December 2005. The purposes were accountability to the Board, donors, beneficiaries and cooperating partners; guidance for the operation, bearing in mind the scale and complexity of the problem and lessons from previous operations; as well as learning from WFP’s programme in Darfur, one of its largest-ever operations.