The Immediate Plan of Action for FAO Renewal (IPA) approved by FAO Conference in 2008, included approximately 100 actions aimed at reforming FAO governance mechanism. The IPA also foresaw that in 2015, “the Conference will assess the workings of the governance reforms, including the role and functioning of the Regional Conferences, with an independent review as an input to this process.”
After extensive consultation with all parties concerned, coordinated by the Independent Chair of the Council, in December 2013 FAO Council endorsed the arrangements proposed for the conduct of an Independent Review of the IPA-related governance reforms. FAO Office of Evaluation was asked to manage and support the review.
The main objective of the review will be to contribute to the assessment of the performance of FAO’s governance system, including the role and functioning of the Regional Conferences, through evidence-based identification and analysis of progress accomplished and of areas or aspects where further improvement is feasible. The review will be carried out by a team comprising independent consultants and OED staff throughout 2014: activities will include observation of sessions of key Governing Bodies throughout the year, desk review, one-to-one interviews, focus group discussions and questionnaires, which will be completed by December 2014 and presented to FAO Governing Bodies and finally to the Conference, in 2015.
Since 2005, country evaluations have been part of the evaluation programme of FAO; they cover all FAO activities in the country, including national projects from all funding sources, national participation in regional projects, use made of normative outputs and the work and functioning of the FAO Representation. The Programme Committee (PC) at its October 2011 session requested the Office of Evaluation (OED) conduct evaluations of FAO’s cooperation in middle income countries. Armenia, Sri Lanka and Viet Nam were completed by mid-2013.
In consideration of the widespread implementation of Country Programming Frameworks (CPF) in FAO, it was decided to carry out an additional evaluation of a middle income country in the Latin America and Caribbean region to allow for an in-depth analysis of the Organization’s achievements, strengths and weaknesses, with specific focus on the CPF process and usefulness as well as the priority areas identified within it. OED applies a set of socio-economic criteria relevant to FAO’s mandate, programme size and institutional arrangements to determine a short list of eligible countries for evaluation. The country in the region that best met the criteria above, as well as avoiding duplication with any past or on-going evaluations, was Colombia.
A multidisciplinary team will carry out the evaluation in the period July 2013-March 2014. The final report is expected in May 2014.
WFP and FAO jointly serve as Global Cluster Lead Agency for the Food Security Cluster. While some FSCC work existed at country level prior to the IASC decision to set up a Global Food Security Cluster at the end of 2010, more intensive support for this work has been ongoing since 2011 and, over the past three years, WFP and FAO have been investing increasing financial and human resources in FSC cluster coordination mechanisms both at country and global levels. Recently efforts have made to put in place a monitoring system for FSCC work – however to date no evaluation has sought to undertake a systematic, in-depth and independent assessment of the relevance and performance of food security coordination efforts and the role of the two agencies in supporting them. Toward this end, FAO and WFP’s EO will be undertaking a Joint Evaluation of Food Security Cluster Coordination during the last quarter of 2013 and first quarter 2014. Given the fact that FSC coordination work has only really been scaled up in the last years, a key objective of the evaluation is learning -> the evaluation results and recommendations will be focused on improving the effectiveness of the cluster work and will contribute to global FSC strategy development. The evaluation aims to generate credible evidence for results achieved or not achieved at country level by FSCs – and the role and contribution of the global FSC to these results. The evaluation will contribute the growing body of evaluative work on cluster coordination and to a wider assessment of the humanitarian reform process and implementation of the Transformative Agenda. Its main objective will be to assess, as systematically and objectively as possible, the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, connectedness, coverage and connectedness of Food Security Cluster Coordination efforts to date, at all levels. The evaluation report will be presented to the WFP Executive Board and the FAO Programme Committee during the 3rd quarter of 2014.
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The Programme Committee at its session in March 2011, received the Evaluation of FAO’s Regional Office for the Near East. The Committee recommended that such evaluations should be conducted in other regions. Thus, FAO Office of Evaluation in 2012 carried out and completed a similar evaluation for Europe and Central Asia, and started the same exercise for Africa.
The two other regions, Asia and Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean, have started in early 2013, to be completed by early 2014.
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. These evaluations aim 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.
They 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 regions, as appropriate. The evaluations will include all work by FAO and all actions taken to implement the decentralization policy and process in the regions since 2004.
The Evaluations are expected to be finalized by January 2014 and discussed by the Programme Committee at its session in May 2014.
In September 2012, prompted by both FAO management and resource partners, OED launched the evaluation of FAO’s interventions in Somalia since 2007. It will examine the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and connectedness of FAO’s interventions in Somalia, including in particular FAO’s role in coordinating food security responses and efforts on capacity development. Specific attention will also be paid to the country’s original strategic planning frameworks and tools, including the new FAO, WFP and UNICEF joint Resilience Strategy 2012-2020. A multidisciplinary team, supported and integrated by OED, will carry out the evaluation in the period November- December 2012. The final report is expected for March 2013. For further details please contact the evaluation manager: firstname.lastname@example.org.