28 March 2014
This evaluation of WFP’s 2008 cash and voucher policy was commissioned by the Office of Evaluation in order to assess the quality and results of the policy and its implementation.
The evaluation found that although the policy does not represent WFP’s current best practice for policies, it served its purpose in establishing the basis for authorizing use of cash transfers and vouchers within WFP’s mandate. However, the intended outcomes of the policy — such as empowerment of beneficiaries, improved livelihoods and better coping strategies — were not measured systematically, and the lack of disaggregation by modality at project level in the corporate monitoring system makes it impossible to attribute achievement of corporate outcomes or outputs to modality, be it cash, vouchers or in-kind food. Other expected outcomes from the policy were related to efficiency gains in the business process, which were found to have had mixed results, with some key bottlenecks causing significant delays.
Among key recommendations are updating revised manuals and guidance, rather than updating the policy. Furthermore it recommends that WFP invest in capacity development, identify and empower leadership on cash transfers and vouchers, and build evidence to clarify its value proposition to its external partners.
11 March 2014
Productive Asset Creation (PAC) in Zimbabwe
The Government of Zimbabwe, WFP and other partners have expressed concern that the continuation of food assistance without conditions will encourage a mid-set of dependency and will not address the underlying causes of household food insecurity. The Cash/Food for Asset (C/FFA) programme forms part of WFP’s new strategic direction, which has transitioned from free food distributions to supporting resilience building activities. WFP’s C/FFA programme aims to empower vulnerable communities to move away from dependency on food assistance and create assets that increase their ability to handle future shocks, such as droughts or floods. The Cash/Food for Asset (C/FFA) programme is also known as Productive Asset Creation (PAC). Each month, able-bodied yet food insecure people receive food rations or cash transfer to buy food from local markets to cushion them while they work on community projects that promote self-reliance, reduce disaster risk and support climate change adaption to directly address their food and nutrition security needs and food access.
17 August 2012
Productive Asset Creation factsheet
26 September 2011
In December 2010, WFP contracted two consultants who conferred with Government, Donors, UN agencies and NGOs with the aim to develop an institutional, financial and operational framework for the implementation of Food/Cash-for-Assets - Community Works programmes in Zimbabwe. The first phase aimed at developing a common understanding on principles and objectives while subsequent phases, planned for 2011, will focus on institutional and operational modalities.
Attached is the Final Report from the First Phase of consultancy
- 13 March 2015 Food Assistance Rescues Hungry Villagers In Zimbabwe
- 5 March 2015 Food For Assets in Zimbabwe
- 20 December 2013 Hungry Months Ahead in Zimbabwe
- 27 September 2013 One Family's Struggle After Poor Harvest In Zimbabwe