Publications
Capacity Building, Emergencies, Refugees and IDPs, Food for Assets, Gender, General Food Distribution, Nutrition, School Meals
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 (totaling 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.

Non-WFP Publication, Evaluation, Research
12 May 2014

The United States Department of Agriculture assessed the feasibility of implementing a locally produced school feeding (LPSF) program to increase small-scale farmers’ agricultural productivity and marketing capacity, and thus improve incomes, in four Sub-Saharan African countries. Research was conducted in Mali, Ghana, Kenya, and Rwanda. This paper details the results.

Case Study, Non-WFP Publication, Evaluation, Research
12 May 2014

Le Mali compte actuellement en tout plus de 1.500 cantines scolaires assistées (par l’Etat et les partenaires), principalement dans les zones identifiées comme les plus vulnérables et à insécurité alimentaire. Outre les cantines “assistées”, il existe quelques “cantines scolaires intégrées”, dans lesquelles les activités sont entièrement prises en charge par les communautés après un accompagnement initial de trois ans par l’Etat. La vision à long terme de la politique nationale est de voir toutes les cantines scolaires devenir intégrées.

Cash and Vouchers, Refugees and IDPs, General Food Distribution, Nutrition, School Meals
5 February 2014

The evaluation covers the operation Regional EMOP 200438 Assistance to Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons Affected by Insecurity in Mali, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Niger (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 nutritional support to refugees and internally displaced persons delivered throughout: general food distribution; cash and food for assets; nutritional support to children under five, pregnant and lactating women; supplementary feeding to infants aged 6-59 months; and school feeding.

The evaluation, which makes a number of recommendations for the future, was managed and conducted by a consultancy firm, with fieldwork taking place in 2014.​

Food for Assets, Nutrition, School Meals
3 June 2011

The Mali Country Portfolio Evaluation evaluates WFP operations and analytical work conducted in the period 2003-2009. During that period WFP implemented 13 operations in a challenging environment.  

The report evaluates the WFP portfolio in Mali focusing on three key questions:
a)How well did WFP position itself strategically and align with government and partner strategies?   b)How did WFP make choices, and how strategic were these?
c)How did the portfolio perform, and what were its results? 
The evaluation team made 11 recommendations. 

 

Emergencies, Food for Assets, General Food Distribution, Nutrition, School Meals
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.

Capacity Building, Gender, Nutrition, Purchase for Progress, School Meals
16 May 2011

Commissioned by WFP’s Executive Board when approving the Policy, this early evaluation assessed: the quality of the Policy itself; results so far; and the factors influencing these results/progress in implementation.

The Policy was timely, relevant and introduced some important new elements, based on sound principles. There are many positive features in implementation so far, but not as much tangible progress as might have been hoped, due to inherent weaknesses in the Policy and slow implementation of the necessary changes to WFP systems, incentives and procedures.

Food for Assets, Nutrition, School Meals
14 February 2011

The Mali Country Portfolio Evaluation evaluates WFP operations and analytical work conducted in the period 2003-2009. During that period WFP implemented 13 operations in a challenging environment.  

The report evaluates the WFP portfolio in Mali focusing on three key questions:
a)How well did WFP position itself strategically and align with government and partner strategies?   b)How did WFP make choices, and how strategic were these?
c)How did the portfolio perform, and what were its results? 

The evaluation team made 11 recommendations.