Evaluation of FAO's Regional and Sub-regional Offices for Europe and Central Asia
In 2010, OED carried out a first evaluation of a Regional and Sub-regional Office in the Near East and North Africa region. The Programme Committee, after reviewing it at its session in March 2011, recommended that such evaluations should be conducted in other regions.
The FAO Europe and Central Asia region includes 53 Member Countries and one Member Organization. While there is only one fully-fledged FAO Representation in the region, over the past eight years FAO provided direct to 30Member States in the form of national projects. The Organization’s new impetus towards decentralization to better respond to Member Countries’ needs poses particular challenges to FAO’s current delivery model in the region and sub-regions.
In light of the above, in October 2011 the Programme Committee considered that the Evaluation of Regional and Sub-regional Offices for Europe and Central Asia should receive high priority in 2012. The Evaluation aims at providing FAO Management and Member Countries with an evidence-based independent assessment of the progress made by the Organization in implementing the corporate decisions to decentralize its functions and roles to the region. It will focus on the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability of the decentralization process and will formulate recommendations to improve the corporate performance and function in the region, as appropriate. The Evaluation will include all work by FAO and all actions taken to implement the decentralization policy and process in the region since 2004.
The Evaluation is planned to be completed by December 2012 and discussed by the Programme Committee at its session in March 2013.