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.

10 February 2014

This evaluation is part of a series of three strategic evaluations addressing the theme of Emergency Preparedness and Response which also includes the joint FAO/WFP Global Food Security Cluster and the evaluation of the Preparedness and Response Enhancement Program.

This evaluation considers the use and benefits of three Pooled Funds established to facilitate adequate, flexible and predictable humanitarian financing: Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF); Common Humanitarian Funds (CHFs) and Emergency Response Funds (ERFs). 

The evaluation mainly recommends strengthening the life-saving focus; reducing the earmarking of pooled funds grants; clarifying the criteria for using grants from the Central Emergency Response Fund underfunded emergencies window; increasing capacity to utilize pooled funds as collateral for the release of internal advances; enhancing their contribution to the operation of common services in emergencies; consolidating fulfilment of WFP’s coordination responsibilities; enhancing the quality, efficiency and utility of monitoring and reporting.

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.

4 March 2004

This evaluation focuses on strategies for intervention, targeting and collecting results in Mali and Mauritania. An in-depth analysis of survival and economic mechanisms would provide significant data on food insecurity, which is useful in defining the intervention strategy.