EVALUATION OF THE NATIONAL SCHOOL FEEDING PROGRAMME
The evaluation was jointly commissioned by the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture (MoEAC) and WFP in Namibia upon the completion of a 5-year school feeding roadmap (2012-2017).
This evaluation is two-pronged: On the one hand, assessing the implementation of the roadmap, and on the other, assessing WFP support as per technical agreements. The evaluations sought to serve the three mutually reinforcing objectives:
- Accountability: Assessing and reporting on the extent to which the milestones outlined in the NSFP road map, M&E Plan and WFP TA agreements were achieved;
- Learning: Assessing the reasons why results were achieved or not to draw lessons, derive good practices and pointers for learning. It will provide evidence-based findings to inform operational and strategic decision-making;
- Benchmarking: Set a baseline for key indicators for the home-grown school feeding (linking smallholder farmers and enterprises to schools). This will enable future evaluation of the achievement of the objectives of this linkage.
Specifically, this evaluation sought to:
- Determine if the support provided by WFP to MoEAC was in line with the objectives as outlined in the Technical Assistance Agreements signed between the two parties.
- Determine the appropriateness of the Technical Assistance provided to MoEAC in its effort to strengthen the implementation of the NSFP.
- Assess programme performance and identify successes and challenges in the management and implementation of the NSFP.
- Provide opportunities for learning how to strengthen the government’s capacity to design and implement effective NSFP, including management of the NSFP supply chain.
- Provide opportunities to develop further insight on how to best provide Technical Assistance to the national governments in Middle Income (MIC) countries.