The decentralized evaluation has been commissioned by the WFP Laos Country Office and covers the school feeding programme (SFP) implemented by the World Food Programme (WFP) in Lao PDR with the support of the McGovern-Dole (MGD) Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
It was intended for both accountability and learning and focuses on assessing: i) the relevance, effectiveness (potential impact), efficiency, sustainability and coherence. It also assess the performance of the programme and associated interventions.
The evaluations assessed the following activities: (a) supporting and implementing activities that promote education, literacy and health among pre-primary and primary school children at the national, regional, and local levels; (b) building the capacity of the Government to implement and expand its National School Meals Programme (NSMP), which currently operates in five of sixteen provinces.
The evaluation, which makes a number of recommendations for the future, was managed by the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific and conducted by Mokoro, with fieldwork taking place in December 2016.