Evaluation at FAO

Launch workshop: Evaluation of the Voluntary Guidelines on Governance of Tenure projects funded by Germany


The Evaluation of the Voluntary Guidelines on Governance of Tenure Projects funded by Germany was launched through an initial stakeholder workshop held on 11-12 February at FAO headquarters, in Rome. 

The Voluntary Guidelines on Governance of Tenure (VGGT), endorsed on 11 May 2012, promote secure tenure rights and equitable access to land, fisheries and forests as means of eradicating hunger and poverty, supporting sustainable development and enhancing the environment. Since their adoption by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in 2012, FAO implemented several projects for the adoption of the VGGT principles and good practices in national governance tenure systems.

The German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) requested in 2019 an evaluation to assess FAO’s contributions in the countries benefiting from German funded projects, which are: Liberia, Mongolia, Senegal River Basin and Sierra Leone. The purpose of the evaluation is to determine the results achieved on governance of tenure since the introduction of the VGGT in the above-mentioned countries and to estimate the changes to be attributed to FAO interventions. 

The workshop saw the participation of beneficiaries from the six recipient countries, the FAO project team as well as representatives from the donor agency and the government of Germany,  the civil society as the International Land Coalition (ILC), a global alliance of over 260 civil society and intergovernmental organizations hosted at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD),  and the Welthungerhilfe (WHH), a German non-profit organization working for development cooperation and humanitarian aid. 

The launching workshop has been a great opportunity to engage the project team together with the partners directly involved in the project implementation in the different countries to identify, in a participatory manner, outcomes achieved and/or influenced by the VGGT programme, and to draw lessons. 

The methodology used was Outcome Harvesting (OH), an evaluation approach to identify (“harvest”) the changes the programme have contributed to and establishing whether and how these can be attributed to the programme. 

Participants were asked to describe the extent and significance of the outcomes achieved in their country, and then to discuss in mixed groups the outcomes reorganized on a bigger visual map in order to reflect and learn about country specific pathways of change and to extract lessons. 

The workshop was instrumental to identify the main results achieved by the programme in the beneficiary countries, to define the indicators for assessing results of VGGT interventions and to refine the evaluation questions. The workshop will be followed by missions at country level to meet with main stakeholders, validate the results identified during the workshop and evaluate initiatives implemented at community level. 

The evaluation is expected to be finalized in December 2020.