Publications
Capacity Development, Food for Assets, General Food Distribution, HIV/AIDS, Nutrition, Purchase for Progress, School Meals
19 October 2014

This report synthesizes the findings of 12 WFP operation evaluations conducted between July 2013 and July 2014. The operations were implemented in diverse settings, from refugee camps to development contexts. They had a combined planned value of USD 3billion, targeted 14.3 million beneficiaries a year, and were of varying types, durations and sizes.

The evaluations found that amid some of the most difficult operating conditions in the world, WFP’s operations cohered well with national and sector policy frameworks. WFP is directly influencing and helping to formulate policy and strategy in many locations, and is increasingly engaging in joint programming.

Many of the external factors affecting results are features of WFP’s complex operating terrain, including political instability. Funding was a major constraint. Internal factors are symptomatic of an organization in transition, with progress in introducing changes, but business practices still to be oriented to new external and corporate realitiesThe lessons presented in this synthesis report aim to support WFP as it becomes increasingly fit for purpose.

Refugees and IDPs, Gender, Purchase for Progress
27 March 2013

The evaluation covers WFP’s 2009 Policy for “Promoting Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women in Addressing Food and Nutrition Challenges” and its associated Corporate Action Plan (CAP). It was intended for both accountability and learning and focuses on assessing: i) the quality of the policy; ii) its results; and iii) the factors explaining the results.
WFP’s 2009 Gender Policy suffered from both quality limitations and a fragmented institutional response to its implementation. Yet there is evidence of some potentially valuable results for gender equality from WFP’s work, albeit disconnected from the Policy itself.  External factors have formed the major drivers for implementation and results. Recent improvements, notably in accountability systems and human and financial resourcing, suggest a welcome course correction. But a shift in gear is needed if WFP is to equitably realise its mission and mandate and respond to its international commitments on gender.
Four recommendations  support this process calling for a clearer position and a more comprehensive approach to addressing gender within WFP policies, strategies and operations going forward.
 

 

Purchase for Progress
1 March 2012

The P4P Primer describes the evolution of the P4P pilot during the first three years of implementation. It provides the internal and external background and context for P4P, reviews P4P in detail (including discussions of its theoretical foundations, main components and underlying assumptions), and describes selected topics in the design of P4P (including establishing targets, partnerships and capacity-building activities, the roles of government and WFP, and gender strategies). Subsequent chapters examine risks, challenges and emerging lessons.

Purchase for Progress
20 October 2011

 This report presents the key findings, conclusions and recommendations of the mid-term strategic evaluationof the WFP Purchase for Progress Initiative (P4P). P4P is a five-year pilot initiative launched in 2008 to pilot and learn from innovative programme and food procurement activities that have the best potential to stimulate agricultural and market development in a way that maximises benefits to low-income smallholder farmers. It seeks to use WFP’s demand platform to leverage smallholder agricultural growth in some of the world’s poorest countries through supply chain reforms.This evaluation was conducted by the Overseas Development Institute(ODI) in 2011. 

Purchase for Progress
17 December 2010

Purchase for Progress (P4P) in Ethiopia focuses on developing markets and helping farmers’ cooperative members to produce more and market their crops so that they can engage more profitably and sustainably in markets.
 

Purchase for Progress
8 December 2010

This report presents the key findings, conclusions and recommendations of the mid-term strategic evaluation of the WFP Purchase for Progress Initiative (P4P). P4P is a five-year pilot initiative launched in 2008 to pilot and learn from innovative programme and food procurement activities that have the best potential to stimulate agricultural and market development in a way that maximises benefits to low-income smallholder farmers. It seeks to use WFP’s demand platform to leverage smallholder agricultural growth in some of the world’s poorest countries through supply chain reforms.This evaluation was conducted by the Overseas Development Institute(ODI) in 2011.

Purchase for Progress
19 November 2010

Learn more details about the specific approaches in the P4P pilot countries.