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 mid-term evaluation covers the operation Ethiopia PRRO 200290 "Responding to Humanitarian Crises and Enhancing Resilience to Food Insecurity" (2012-2013). 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: general food distribution; nutritional support to children under five, pregnant and lactating women; support to households and communities to improve food security, resilience and disaster recovery; cash transfers; food for work 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 January 2014.
29 January 2013
This is a synthesis of the findings and conclusions across the full series of 4 impact evaluations of the contribution of food assistance to refugees in protracted situations. The evaluations were conducted jointly by WFP and UNHCR in Ethiopia, Rwanda, Bangladesh and Chad. The synthesis aims to provide evidence and inspiration for future corporate strategies to deal more effectively with these challenging situations.
5 June 2012
The Annual Evaluation Report for 2011 focuses on lessons arising from implementation to date of WFP’s Strategic Plan 2008-2013. It covers 16 evaluations on: strategic themes in the transition from ‘food aid to food assistance’, such as partnerships and how Country Offices adapt to change; school feeding and WFP support to agricultural small holders and markets; and WFP’s strategic positioning and performance in Haiti, Kenya, Rwanda and Yemen; and others.
19 April 2012
Ethiopia Annual Report 2011
3 June 2011
This is the first in a series of four strategic evaluations related to the transition from food aid to food assistance. The evaluation analyzed WFP’s role in social protection and safety nets, which are increasingly seen as important mechanisms for promoting development. The evaluation found that WFP is already contributing to social protection and safety nets, especially for some activities. However, institutionalizing these approaches more broadly within WFP will require changes in WFP’s operations and efforts to build organizational and staff capacity.
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.
16 May 2011
The first in a series of four, this evaluation found positive short-term impacts - lives were saved; hunger was mediated; malnutrition rates improved; and immediate security and protection were realized - but the longer-term objectives of food security, improved livelihood opportunities and asset building were not.
Significant changes to policy and programme are needed to meet the challenges of protracted situations and to avoid chronic food insecurity.
17 December 2010
WFP Ethiopia's Targeted Supplementary Feeding (TSF) programme aims to rehabilitate moderately malnourished children under five and pregnant and nursing women.
17 December 2010
A summary of the Refugee Assistance programme in Ethiopia.
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