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Evaluation of Philippines WFP Country Strategic Plan 2018-2023
The evaluation was commissioned by WFP independent Office of Evaluation to provide evaluative evidence for accountability and learning to inform the design of the next country strategic plan (CSP) in the Philippines.

It covers WFPs activities implemented between 2018 and 2022 to assess the performance of the CSP and the of extent to which it promoted the strategic shift envisioned for the CSP approach.  

The evaluation concluded that: 

The CSP is well aligned with government priorities and WFP is well positioned across the entire nexus, although strongest in humanitarian assistance, emergency preparedness and response,  and peacebuilding.  The results within country capacity strengthening (CCS) reflect a ‘two-phase’ period within the CSP. An initial period characterized by vacant senior management positions, resource constraints, high staff turnover, and pandemic disruption resulted in limited results, particularly for CCS.  From 2021, the CSP moved into a period of improved resourcing and staffing which led to a re-expansion of CSP scope and re-established strategic relationships with Government and improved results. Cost efficiency was generally high throughout the period under review.

Using food security and nutrition as entry point limited WFPs inclusion in conversations around peacebuilding and social protection. The CSP did not attract more flexible funding as corporately envisioned. On the contrary, the funding was largely earmarked and donors' continued perception of WFP as primarily an emergency response agency in the Philippines impeded funding for a primarily CCS-focused CSP.