Evaluation of FAO’s Regional and Sub Regional Offices for Africa
Over the past two decades, FAO has been undertaking a progressive process of decentralization aimed at strengthening the capacity of FAO’s decentralized structures in order to maximize the Organization’s impact at country level. At its 108th session in October 2011, the FAO Programme Committee gave a high priority to the evaluation of FAO’s decentralized structures with a particular emphasis on how the work of the regional and sub-regional structures is integrated within FAO and with the activities of other UN organizations. As the third in the series, FAO’s Office of Evaluation (OED) is undertaking an evaluation of FAO’s decentralized structures in Africa for presentation to the Programme Committee in October 2013.
The main purpose of the evaluation is to provide FAO’s governing bodies and the Secretariat with an independent and evidence-based assessment of the capacity of decentralized offices at regional and sub-regional levels to efficiently and effectively provide services to member states, through an analysis of the role, functions and work undertaken by these decentralized structures. This includes an assessment of the capacity of the decentralized structures to assume responsibilities and perform functions and will necessarily involve looking at upstream (HQ/SSC) and downstream (Country Office) levels as they also serve as essential links for the provision of services to member countries.