Copyright: WFP/Rein Skullerud
Below is a brief list of the comments made during the 2008 consultation wrap-up session in which participants were asked to provide feedback.
Pros: discussion on strategic issues; the chance to interact with top management; the debate on nutrition; the use of country cases to illustrate and draw out operations issues; the frankness, openness and informality of WFP participants.
Cons: some sessions a bit too heavy on WFP presentations, leaving little time for discussion; much of the information provided was already known and readily available elsewhere; there was a feeling that it had been more of an information-sharing meeting than a consultation.
Suggestions for future consultations: the creation of a blog to enhance discussion on agenda topics (DONE!); the use of smaller break-out groups to discuss specific themes; sending out presentations or a list of themes in advance, to allow NGOs to prepare their thoughts on these; giving NGOs more opportunities to contribute to the agenda; presentations more clearly themed in order to trigger more active and wider discussions.
Feel free to comment on any of the above points!
The NGO Unit