Conducted between July 2020 and April 2021, the evaluation assessed WFP’s strategic positioning and role and the extent to which WFP has made the strategic shift expected by the CSP; WFP’s contributions to strategic outcomes; efficiency and factors that explain WFP performance.
The evaluation concluded that:
- Overall, the CSP is aligned with the direction of the government, and has remained a relevant approach to supporting the government to meet the food and nutrition needs of the country.
- The CSP provided the space for WFP to adapt its operations to support the government’s response to flooding and COVID-19.
- Development partners appreciate WFP for its traditional strengths and extensive reach, while it is encouraged to engage in further strategic partnership to effectively deliver development work.
- There has been a significant movement to address the root causes through school meals though some challenges remain for its sustainable handover.
- Strengthening WFP’s contribution to the broader nutrition efforts requires to articulate the areas in which it is making progress and having influence through strategic partnerships with other international actors.
- Considering the COVID-19 pandemic and climate-related challenges, it is important to have a comprehensive approach to mainstream resilience across different strategic outcomes.
- The CSP design with engagement on the generic challenge of strengthening national and local governance institutions to ensure improved service delivery especially in hard-to-reach areas was appropriate, though results are limited so far.
- Gender has been widely mainstreamed and incorporated in the implementation of the CSP.
- The CSP would have benefited from a stronger analysis and comprehensive approaches across the strategic outcomes to support a more strategic engagement.