Evaluation Synthesis of WFP’s Country Capacity Strengthening from Decentralised Evaluations

WFP developed a framework and approach to country capacity strengthening in 2017 that comprises five pathways of change and activities within three domains: laws, policies, strategies and procedures (enabling environment); well-functioning organizations (organizational domain); and educated, skilled people (individual domain).

The purpose of this synthesis was to provide evidence of WFP’s performance in country capacity strengthening, both for the purpose of learning and in the interest of accountability for results to its stakeholders. WFP’s long-standing commitment to country capacity strengthening is reflected in key strategic documents. The WFP policy on capacity development and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development launched in 2015 provided further impetus to efforts to strengthen capacity support for countries in pursuing their Sustainable Development Goal targets, particularly for Sustainable Development Goals 2 and 17. An internal audit of WFP’s capacity strengthening and a corporate evaluation of its 2009 policy on capacity development noted successful examples of capacity strengthening support, identified areas for improvement and highlighted capacity strengthening as an area of risk for WFP if implemented without adequate support.