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Sudan: An evaluation of WFP's portfolio (2010 - 2012)

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.